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.
In recent years, many states have taken steps to increase penalties for drunk driving-related offenses. Maryland is among those states, and several DUI penalty increases are scheduled to go into effect this October 1.