What to Expect From an MVA Hearing

When summoned by the Motor Vehicle Association (MVA) for a hearing, it is natural to feel apprehension and uncertainty, especially if you are unfamiliar with the process. This hearing is critical in addressing various issues related to your driving privileges, such as license suspensions, revocations, or accumulated points. Understanding what to expect during an MVA hearing can help you effectively prepare for the process while also reducing stress.

An MVA hearing in Maryland is a formal process where you will have the opportunity to present your case in front of an administrative judge, often in response to actions taken by the Motor Vehicle Administration regarding your driver’s license. Working with an experienced lawyer at The Law Office of Hillel Traub provides you with the best opportunity to present evidence, argue your case, and potentially reverse or mitigate the MVA’s decision.

A Guide to What To Expect From an MVA Hearing

When you are scheduled for an MVA hearing in Maryland, being well-informed about the process can help alleviate some of the stress and uncertainty. The following is a guide to what you can expect:

  • Notification and scheduling: You will receive a notice from the MVA detailing the reason for the hearing, the date, time, and location. Ensure you mark this in your calendar and plan to arrive early.
  • Format of the hearing: MVA hearings are typically formal and are conducted by an administrative judge. The setting is more informal than a typical courtroom but still maintains a level of formality.
  • Presentation of the case: You will have the opportunity to present your case. This may include explaining your situation, presenting evidence, and answering questions posed by the judge. Your lawyer can help you during this process.
  • Evidence and testimony: You and your lawyer are allowed to bring documents, such as a driving record, character references, or evidence of a clean driving history. Witnesses can also be brought in to testify on your behalf.
  • Opposing arguments: If there is a representative from the MVA or any other party involved, they will also present their side.
  • Decision-making: After hearing both sides and reviewing the evidence, the judge will make a decision. This may happen immediately after the hearing or at a later date. The decision will be communicated to you, typically in writing.
  • Possible outcomes: After the hearing, the administrative law judge can uphold the MVA’s action, or take “No Action” which means the MVA’s action will not be imposed.  The ALJ can also grant a restricted license for work or school purposes.   The judge may also offer alternative solutions, such as attending a driver improvement program.
  • Post-hearing actions: Depending on the outcome, you may need to take further actions, attending courses, or following specific instructions from the judge.  If you are dissatisfied with the outcome, you have 30 days to file an appeal to the Circuit Court.

Preparing for an MVA hearing involves understanding these steps and being ready to effectively present your case. As a former lawyer for the MVA, Attorney Hillel Traub can guide you through the process and help maximize your chances of a favorable outcome.

Speak With the Experienced MVA Hearing Lawyer at The Law Office of Hillel Traub

The outcome of an MVA hearing can significantly impact your driving privileges and, by extension, your daily life. Approaching this process with a clear understanding and thorough preparation is key to presenting your case effectively.

If you are feeling overwhelmed or uncertain about navigating the MVA hearing process, seek the legal guidance of Attorney Hillel Traub at The Law Office of Hillel Traub, who will help you gather and present evidence and advocate on your behalf during the hearing. As a former lawyer for the MVA with over 30 years of experience, he will work to achieve the best possible resolution. Schedule a complimentary consultation by calling (410) 580-1100 or fill out our contact form today.