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Will I Lose My Driver's License After A DUI Charge?

Yes. You will -  unless you act quickly. If you are charged with a DUI in Maryland your driver's license will be confiscated by police and you will be issued a temporary driver's license that is good for 45 days. If you don't request an MVA hearing within 10 days of your arrest, you will lose your driving privileges on day 46.

At the hearing you may be able to convince the MVA to let you retain your driver's license, or at least give you a restricted license so you can drive to work or school.

However, you could still lose your driver's license as part of your criminal proceedings.

First DUI offenses are punishable by up to one year in jail, a $1,000 fine and a minimum six-month driver's license suspension.

Second offenses are punished by up to two years in jail, $2,00o in fines and a minimum one-year driver's license suspension.

Third offenses can result in up to three years in jail, $3,000 in fines and a minimum 19-month driver's license suspension.

So, What Can You Do To Prevent Your License From Being Suspended?

First, don't drink and drive.

Second, if you are pulled over for DUI, don't take the breath test.

Third, Make sure you request an MVA hearing within 10 days of your arrest.

Fourth, hire an experienced defense attorney. He or she will know your options and can either negotiate a deal with the prosecutor or fight to prevent a conviction - and subsequent loss of driver's license - in court. A lawyer can also represent you at the MVA hearing, giving you a better chance of keeping your driving privileges.

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