I suggest you speak with a local criminal defense lawyer that is familiar with DWI DUI laws in WV (I am not licenses in WV). However, typically a DUI DWI charge will trigger a criminal case and a civil case (license revocation). The criminal case will proceed without action on your part. However, a driver’s license revocation is generally classified as a civil revocation whereby you (i.e., the petitioner) must file a petition with the court requesting judicial review of that revocation. If you fail to do so within the timeline provided then regardless of the outcome in your criminal case you have waived your right to contest the revocation and once finalized then the Department of Public Safety (DMV) will communicate that information to all other states electronically. The dismissed criminal charge record has no bearing on your driving record.
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First and foremost, only Maryland can suspend a Maryland citizens license NOT West Virginia or any other state. So, unless Maryland has notified you via certified mail to the address on your license than you are perfectly lawful to drive everywhere in America except within the borders of WV. Real easy way to double check: Go into local MVA and check status of your MD license. They can't do anything to you. You're simply asking a customer service person to check the current status of your Maryland license.
What I suspect has happened on the WV DMV side -as we have two seperate courts in WV, criminal court and license/dmv court, is that you got your DUI charge dismissed in the criminal court but lost the DMV side either due to untimely hearing request or hearing held, decision returned and you lost. Either way, you are going to have to enroll in the alcohol safety treatment course asap (i.e. license classes). I always recommend coming over to West Virginia to take them and knock them out. Core course is once a week for six weeks, 3 hours at length each session, all kinds of dates times and hours. For if you do not take these classes and complete them, with reintstatement fee paid, then WV will never release you and you will forever be suspended in WV for the remainder of your life. And when you go to renew your Maryland license Maryland will not renew if suspended in another state. As such, the asap need to get into the license classes. As a Maryland resident, you can elect the no driving in WV for 90 days if BAC allegation .15; or 1 year if alleged to have refused the breath machine at the station. Again, these minimum mandatory periods of suspension depending on your case facts are contingent upon you completing the license classes with reinstatement paid. ..Unfortunately this type of thing happens all the time. Citizens get a reduced charge or outright dismissal in criminal court but lose DMV side and have no idea what they are doing or how to get all in place and corrected so does not follow you down the road in life so to speak. -which is another reason why representing yourself and/or seeking counsel that is not experienced and devoted to DUI defense is highly unwise. I would be happy to discuss my firm's overseeing and assisting you through this endeavor should you wish to discuss further. Sincerely, Harley O. Wagner, Esq. - www.WestVirginiaDUILaywers.com - 304.901.7400
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