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An Advice of Rights form (DR-15) in Maryland

On Behalf of | Apr 23, 2024 | Firm News

If the police suspect you are driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) or other drugs, they will stop you to perform a chemical test. Before requesting the test, the police will give you an Advice of Rights form (DR-15).

Here is what to know about this form:

It contains everything you need to know

The Advice of Rights form contains everything a driver needs to know about Maryland driving privileges. It will explain the rules regarding  your consent to take a test to measure your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or the presence of drugs or a dangerous controlled substance in your system.

You will also learn about the potential penalties you may face if you fail the chemical test. These include the suspension of your driving privilege, fines and imprisonment. Additionally, the form explains how you can fight these penalties by requesting a hearing and your eligibility to participate in an Ignition Interlock System Program if you don’t want to request a hearing. 

Further, the form provides in-depth information to drivers holding a commercial driver’s license (CDL). 

After reading the provided Advice of Rights form, you will indicate whether or not you agree to take a chemical test and sign it. The police officer will also provide a signature. The signed DR-15 will be admitted to evidence.

What if a driver doesn’t understand English?

If a driver does not understand English, the DR-15 form is available in Spanish. The police can also read the form in its entirety to a driver and do their best to help them understand it in the requested language.

Before signing a DR-15, consider legal guidance to avoid costly mistakes. You should also pay attention to how the form is handled at the stop.