I recently represented a young man with a long history of drug and alcohol use with the associated court and MVA records. He has been on the MVA’s ignition interlock program for nearly a year. He received several violation notices alleging that he had breath readings indicating the presence of alcohol. In the meantime he had moved to Pennsylvania and got a license there with an interlock restriction.
Without going into the complex Maryland versus Pennsylvania licensing issues, we appeared at a MVA hearing to challenge the violations. After a very well presented case, if I may say so myself, the ALJ agreed that he did not violate the program. This essentially allows him to complete the Maryland program successfully and it should have no impact on his Pennsylvania status.
Given the client’s long history of relapses and screw-ups, I was not too confident about our chances at MVA. However, an open-minded ALJ and a few facts that went in our favor, and we were able to get the decision that we had hoped for.
MVA hearings are not always the easiest places to prevail. I am always dumbfounded by the number of drivers who show up at MVA hearings without a lawyer. Even the most elementary hearing can have very complex legal issues and can have very harsh consequences for a driver’s license. I strongly urge anyone facing a traffic court or MVA hearing to have a lawyer.
Our office has decades of experience with the MVA and traffic or criminal courts. We are able to guarantee results but, more often than not, my clients are happy they had someone with them to help them through the process. Usually it is well worth it to have an experienced traffic and MVA lawyer. If I can help with your traffic, criminal or MVA issue, please do not hesitate to call me at 410-580-1100.