Monday, April 24, 2017

How Do I Get an ID if I was Charged with DUI and Lost my Driver’s License?

In Maryland, when you are stopped by police and charged with a DUI, the officer will confiscate your Maryland driver's license (out-of-state licenses cannot be confiscated by Maryland police). In return, the officer will give you a temporary paper license that allows you to continue driving for 45 days. On the 46th day after your arrest, your license is suspended and you can longer drive for several months However, during that 45 day period, depending on if you took the breath test and your results of that test, you may be able to request a MVA hearing within the first 30 days or have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle within the first 30 days of the arrest.

During these various periods, you are without any form of identification, and people often ask us what they are supposed to do if they are asked for ID. The easiest answer is to go to the MVA to purchase an ID card. Just because you lost your driver's license does not mean that you are not allowed to obtain an ID. For some people, you may be ineligible to request a MVA hearing for a restricted driver's license and you may elect not to install the interlock device in your vehicle. In that case, you would be facing a very lengthy suspension of either 180 days or 270 days. You would likely need a form of identification during that period, so it is recommended that you obtain an ID card from the MVA.

DUI offenses can ruin your life. If you're caught drinking and driving, you are subject to serious consequences. If you've been arrested for a DUI in Maryland, call the TOP-10 DUI lawyers at Portner & Shure today for a free consultation: (301) 854-9000, (410) 995-1515.

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