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Is legal support needed for an OAH hearing?

There are a number of reasons for a hearing at the Motor Vehicle Administration's Office of Administrative Hearings, or OAH. For example, you may have received a notice about a hearing date relative to your DUI charge, but it might be four to six weeks down the road. Meanwhile, you need transportation to get to work, so you are driving on a suspended license. This is not a good idea.

The courts could take your driving privileges away for at least six months for the violation of a driver's license restriction, and up to a year if you also refused to submit to an alcohol test when law enforcement pulled you over for driving under the influence. Your best course of action is to contact a criminal defense attorney whose first order of business will be to prepare you for the OAH hearing.

General hearing rules

If you received an OAH hearing date but would like to postpone it, you must make your request in writing, explaining why you are asking for the postponement. If you should miss the scheduled hearing, the Motor Vehicle Administration will automatically impose the violation, which will go on your driving record. If you do appear at the scheduled hearing but wish to appeal the decision made by the OAH, you must file the appeal within 30 days in the Circuit Court of the county in which you live. Remember that in the state of Maryland, if the courts suspend or revoke your driving privileges, they will not reinstate your license until you satisfy your suspension requirements. Keep in mind, too, that MVA hearings have nothing to do with criminal court decisions.

Seeking legal help

Penalties for DUI can be severe and the law can be confusing. When you reach out for legal help, your criminal defense attorney will go right to work on the circumstances surrounding your charge with the goal of protecting your rights and your driving privileges. Your attorney will support you at your OAH hearing and use every avenue available to obtain the best outcome possible for your case.

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