The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration has the authority to restrict drivers licenses for a number of reasons. A license restriction is one way the state can permit drivers who may have faced a license suspension to retain limited driving privilege. Those whose licenses have been restricted must abide by the terms of those restrictions or face further penalties. If your driver’s license is in jeopardy, a Baltimore suspended license lawyer who serves Baltimore and surrounding areas can help you make sense out of the restrictions placed by the state and try to mitigate these restrictions and their impact.
If your license was suspended and you were issued a restricted license, it may belong to one of a few different categories. There are four types of restrictions the MVA may impose on your Maryland driver’s license:
Drivers with this type of license restriction may only drive to and from work or school during the course of employment or enrollment in a course. Your license may have been restricted for work or education purposes only following a DUI arrest. You may have received a DUI after an officer subjected you to a breathalyzer test. If you blew between 0.08 and 0.14, the penalty may have included a 45-day license suspension after which the MVA may have issued a permit allowing you to drive for work and school and court-ordered activities.
A medical restriction may be imposed on drivers who need to use special equipment when driving or who must only drive at specified times and locations. Any driver with a medical condition which affects his ability to drive safely may be required to submit to these restrictions.
Drivers who are on probation or those who are under 21 and have a Maryland driver’s license may have an alcohol restricted license. An alcohol restricted license makes it a violation for the driver to operate a motor vehicle with a BAC of 0.02 or higher. Refusing to take a breathalyzer test would violate the terms of the restriction.
A person who is ordered to install an ignition interlock device or IID may not drive in Maryland unless that IID is installed. The person must breathe into the device every time he or she starts the car so it can test for alcohol in the driver’s system. An IID can cost drivers hundreds to thousands of dollars to install and maintain through the course of this restriction.
The MVA is required to suspend or revoke your driver’s license for having violated a restriction. If you have received notice from the MVA that you have violated your restriction, you may resolve the violation one of two ways:
Requesting a hearing is the only way to fight for a chance to maintain your legal driving ability. It’s best to consult a restricted license lawyer in Baltimore and surrounding areas to discuss your options for fighting the violation and suspension.
The ideal approach to fighting for your full driving privileges back is through a knowledgeable attorney who understands the actions the MVA will take to restrict your freedom behind the wheel. Attorney Hillel Traub of The Law Office of Hillel Traub has served Maryland residents for over 20 years. As a former Maryland Assistant Attorney General for the MVA, he has helped many residents of Baltimore and surrounding areas resolve a multitude of traffic issues, including license restrictions.