Depending on how many points you have on your record, you might get a letter from the Motor Vehicle Administration letting you know you have too many points. The letter will be very specific as to what is going on with your situation so read the letter carefully and take it very seriously.
You might get a letter ordering you to complete a Driver Improvement Course. If so, complete this quickly or failure to comply could result in your driving privileges being suspended. Then, if you are caught driving during this period, you can get a ticket that is punishable by up to a year in jail and 12 points.
You might get a letter that says the MVA wants to suspend or revoke your privileges. You are entitled to an MVA Hearing to plead your case as to why your license should not be suspended or revoked. The letter you receive will give you a very short period of time to reply. Usually it is only 10 to 15 days. Do not ignore this time limit. If you wait too long to do anything about it, you are out of options and will lose your right to a Hearing and be stuck with the consequences.
There is another common instance where you need to consider having an MVA Hearing. For all Driving while Intoxicated cases, there will be MVA consequences depending on the type of alcohol or drug intoxication charge you receive. The MVA does not wait for your case to go to trial before giving you MVA sanctions on your license. In most of these cases you want to request an MVA hearing within 10 days from of the date of the Order of Suspension. The sanctions that you could be facing with the MVA are:
- If you have an alcohol concentration of at least .08 but less than .15 your driving privilege can be suspended for 45 days for a first offense and 90 days for a subsequent offense.
- If you have an alcohol concentration of .15 or more than your driving privilege can be suspended for 90 days for a first offense and 180 days for a subsequent offense.
- If you refuse to submit to an alcohol concentration test than you could have your driving privilege suspended for 120 days for a first offense and one year for a subsequent offense.
If your license is suspended or revoked, you cannot drive. It does not matter if you have a job to get to, if you are not permitted to drive and you drive for any reason, you will face serious consequences. Don’t let a notice from the MVA go by without taking it very seriously.
Here at Zirkin and Schmerling Law, we have helped many clients avoid suspensions and revocations for a variety of reasons. Take the time to contact Zirkin and Schmerling Law, and we’ll help you to understand your legal rights and the consequences for the traffic tickets you have received. Your initial consultation is free of charge. You work hard and you need an attorney who will work hard for you. Call us today for your Free Consultation – 410-356-4455.