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1st time charged with DUI/DWI. I blew but it was "insufficient" Will it hurt me in court if I pick the the 120 days suspension?

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I was recently pulled over in Maryland for the first time and arrested for DUI/DWI. I agreed to blow in breathalyzer but it was insufficient. I have been reading many cases and searching online. It seems to suggest going to the MVA hearing is like throwing money out the window since I can't medically prove why I was having difficult time exhaling at that time.. I'm thinking about letting my temporary license expire and take the 120 days suspension. I am aware it will be extremely difficult without vehicle given my location but I secretly want to do that (if it's not for me, at least for the environment). I guess my question is, will I have to take the written and driving test after the 120 day suspension to get my full license back?? Also, will that decision affect the outcome in court

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You need to speak with an experienced DUI lawyer. It is possible to find out down to the milliliter how much if s breath sample you provided. This, along with other information that the lawyer can help you gather may be the difference. MVA penalty for refusal is either 120 day straight suspension or interlock for a year.

You will not need to go back through the MVA testing process once the suspension is completed.

The MVA Hearing and court case are completely separate. Contact me and I will give you a link for a free book on the subject.


It shouldn't, but then again it's complicated. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you evaluate the prosecution's case, any defenses that you might have, and any plea offer that might be made, so that you can decide whether to go to trial. Consider seeking a confidential consultation.

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Ina suspension hearing, there are issues to raise to respond to the MVA's assertion that your refusal was "volitional" Ordinarily, you do not have to take the written and driving test after the 120 suspension, but every case and license situation must be reviewed on its own. You should speak to an experience attorney prior to making this decision

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You should contact an attorney to dicuss this in more detail. You need to hear what an experienced DWI attorney has to say rather than relying on online research. Good luck.


There is a significant difference between an MVA hearing and your Criminal hearing. MVA hearings are administrative hearings that rely on a significantly lower burden of proof - preponderance of evidence. Whereas your Criminal hearing, the burden of proof is "beyond a reasonable doubt." That said, this is a significant citation(s) and one that absolutely requires the assistance of an attorney. No matter how much you read, your analysis of case law is not the same as an attorney. The maximum penalty for a DUI (21.902.a1) is a year and/or $1000.00 fine - which will likely result in the State seeking enhanced penalties. That alone should open your eyes to just how serious a situation you have found yourself in. Don't go at this alone.

There is plenty more to discuss concerning this situation and I would be happy to assist you further. Please feel free to reach out to me, at your convenience: (301)455-9513

Seth R. Okin, Esq.

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