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Understanding the DUI hearing process in Maryland

When individuals drive impaired, they put themselves and all those around them in danger. With such high stakes in place, the courts assess heavy penalties to discourage such behavior.

If you or a loved one are facing DUI charges, it is important that you understand the court process. There are a few key important steps to understand about a DUI hearing in Maryland.


Once an officer suspends a driver's license, the driver has 10 days to request an administrative hearing, and the request cannot be more than 30 days after the arrest. The driver must submit the request in writing to the Motor Vehicle Administration, along with the appropriate fees. Should a party not file within the allotted time frame, it may be necessary to speak with an attorney to weigh the options moving forward.


The Motor Vehicle Administration provides a fact sheet with information regarding the hearing process. In short, the process begins once the driver files the hearing request. Once the court receives it, the court sets the hearing and the driver receives the details. During the hearing, individuals are able to plead their cases, and the judge reviews the statements and evidence. The judge then makes a decision, which the court submits to the MVA.


A knowledgeable attorney may be essential in an individual maintaining or regaining driving privileges. Attorneys have a strong understanding of the laws and experience in court that can help them in creating a strong defense. Also, for those who have lost their privileges, an attorney may be able to help with filing and arguing an appeal. However, it is important that individuals select the right attorney to aid them in their cases. It may be beneficial to set up a consultation first before hiring an attorney for a case.

These are a few of the main elements and aspects of a DUI hearing. Take some time to review the law and contemplate your options to determine the best path to take.

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