Can I appeal my license suspension?

| Jun 20, 2017 | Breath Test Refusal

It can happen in an instant — you’re driving home from a bar or after a party and suddenly you see the blue lights flashing behind you. The officer approaches your vehicle and after a brief interaction, asks you to submit to an alcohol test. At this point, you have a few options. You can either take the test or refuse. Should you refuse to take the test, or submit to the test and fail it, you face a suspension of your license.

At this point, regardless of how you arrived at a suspended license, you should strongly consider enlisting the help of an experienced attorney. You do have the opportunity to appeal the suspension of your license, but there are very particular rules you must follow in order to successfully file an appeal.

Appealing your license suspension requires sending a written request for an administrative hearing within the first ten days of receiving your suspension. If you do not properly request the administrative hearing within ten days, you may lose your privileges to drive before the date of your hearing, which can complicate your transportation to and from the hearing, among other things.

Regardless of the reasons why your license was suspended, it is almost always worth it to fight the suspension. Even if you believe that the evidence against you is airtight, a skilled attorney may find leverage in places you would not expect. With the guidance of an experienced attorney, you can rest assured that your future as a driver is in good hands and that your rights will remain secure throughout the process.

Source: Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration, “Alcohol Test Failure or Refusal,” accessed June 16, 2017

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