I am a D.C. resident with a D.C. license and I was recently stopped for D.W.I. in Maryland with a B.A.C. of .13. If and when they suspend my MD driving priveledges with D.C. have reciprocity and suspend my license all together?
Under normal suspensions, the answer would be yes. However, based on your question, I surmise that this offense may have recently occurred and the suspension you are asking about has to do with the per se breath test law, and the proposed 45 day suspension for a first time BAC result of between .08 and .15. You can avoid an outright suspension in MD by timely requesting a hearing and qualifying for a restricted privilege to drive for work, education and/or alcohol education classes. If you do that, your DC privilege should be safe. The time deadlines are strict. Ideally, the hearing request copy of the temporary license you received (there is a form on the back to fill in) must be post-marked within 10 days of the arrest, and include the hearing request fee. That will prevent the 45 day temporary stay of the suspension from running out before the hearing is scheduled; otherwise, if you mail it after 10 days (but before the 30 day deadline), the 45 days may expire before the hearing and you'll be suspended until the hearing date. You should have a lawyer, as this is not a charge to represent yourself on.
Drivers' licenses are specific to the state in which they are issued. Maryland cannot suspend your DC driver's license. All that Maryland can do is suspend your ability to drive in Maryland. I think what you are asking is whether DC will suspend your license, and the answer is yes, if DC finds out about the conviction. DWIs are supposed to be reported to a national databank. Sometimes, they are not. All sorts of convictions fall through administrative cracks. You state that you were stopped for a DWI, not that you were convicted of it. Work with a Maryland attorney to see whether you can get the charge lowered to one that is not reportable to the national database.
My advice should in no way be construed as to create an attorney-client relationship.
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