DUI in Maryland

Administrative Penalties for Drinking and Driving

DUI in Maryland In Maryland, when you’re arrested for driving under the influence, you can expect two separate and distinct legal proceedings to take place:

  • Criminal proceeding — You’ll be required to appear before a judge in a criminal proceeding, where your guilt or innocence will be determined. If found guilty, you can be sentenced to jail time or assessed fines, among other sanctions.
  • Administrative hearing — You also will need to appear at an administrative hearing before the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA)

The Purpose of the Administrative Hearing | The Potential Penalties

The administrative hearing focuses on your right to drive. In the immediate aftermath of a DUI arrest, your license will be confiscated, and you will be issued a temporary Maryland driver’s license that expires in 45 days. If you fail to request the administrative hearing within 10 days of your citation, your license will be suspended.

If you are found to have violated Maryland DUI law, you can expect a 45-day suspension of your license, provided it’s your first DUI conviction. A second DUI conviction will bring a 90-day suspension. First-offense suspensions can be modified to allow you to drive to and from work, but second-conviction suspensions may not be modified.

Experienced Maryland Drunk Driving Attorney

Jonathan Scott Smith, a longtime Maryland SuperLawyer, has aggressively represented criminal defendants in the greater Baltimore area and across Maryland for more than 30 years, including people charged with driving under the influence. AV-rated by his fellow attorneys under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System, Jonathan has also been honored as a Top-Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine. He’s received AVVO’s Client’s Choice Award, with the highest rating possible (5 stars), as well as a 10.0 (Superb) rating from AVVO as a trial attorney.

Attorney Scott Smith knows the potential impact of a DUI conviction and will work hard to ensure that police followed all required procedures. He will confirm that there was probable cause for any search and seizure and that you were properly notified of your Miranda rights if taken into custody

Effective DUI Defense Attorney in the Greater Baltimore Metro Area

To schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your options when charged with drinking and driving, contact attorney Jonathan Scott Smith online or call 410-740-0101 to set up an appointment. Attorney Smith handles DWI and DUI cases throughout the Baltimore and the surrounding area, including Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County.

Why You Need an Attorney for a Maryland MVA Hearing

Experienced Counsel Can Help Protect Your Rights

Why You Need an Attorney for a Maryland MVA HearingWhen you’re arrested and charged with drinking and driving in Maryland, you face two legal proceedings—the criminal prosecution to determine guilt and establish penalties, and the administrative proceeding with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), which determines the status of your driving privileges.

You may be inclined to go to the MVA hearing without legal counsel, but that would be a mistake. Though some of the issues addressed at the hearing are straightforward, you may have legal questions that need to be resolved, and you can’t expect guidance from the administrative law judge who conducts the hearing. Furthermore, hiring legal counsel to represent you sends a positive message to the judge, indicating that you take the proceeding seriously and that your driving privileges are important to you.

An experienced DUI defense lawyer will know how to work with the judge to get you the best outcome and is likely to help you minimize the financial costs of the offense.

Experienced Baltimore County DUI Defense Attorney

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has aggressively protected the rights of people across the Baltimore area and throughout Maryland for almost 40 years, including people charged with drunk driving. He has consistently been AV-rated (the highest possible) by other attorneys under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System and has been named a Top-Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine, as well as a Maryland SuperLawyer. Smith has earned the prestigious Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with a 5-star average rating (the highest possible) for all his client reviews. He also has a perfect 10.0 (Superb) rating as a litigator from AVVO.

Smith follows a comprehensive approach to criminal defense, taking the time to review police records and interview all prospective witnesses in order to present the strongest arguments for acquittal. He will be at your side throughout a criminal prosecution, from investigation to arraignment to trial. He brings extensive trial experience to every case he handles and is always willing and able to protect your rights before a judge and jury.

Proven Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyer

Contact Maryland criminal defense attorney Jonathan Scott Smith online or call 410-740-0101 to set up an appointment. Our firm handles DUI cases in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.


  • Jonathan Scott Smith 10490 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 200 ,Columbia, MD 21044-4960

  • Call for consultation 410-740-0101