My Georgia lawyer got two moving violations dismissed and a speeding violation reduced below reporting levels (says the prosecutor) as part of a guilty plea to DUI less safe in Georgia. Also part of the deal is the officer agreed to withdraw the GA admin. suspension (which was scheduled for a hearing in two weeks - was originally accused of refusal). The conviction for DUI- less safe - (which does not mention refusal nor mention a specific BAC) has me concerned for my license. How does this affect my Maryland driving license and if suspended/revoked are temporary/limited licenses available? Drive for school/work? Something cheaper than installing an interlock device exists I hope. Couldn't get reckless offer due to both cop and prosecutor against it. My record was clean - thanks.
Most likely, Georgia will notify Maryland of the conviction and you will receive a notice from the MVA that your license will be suspended unless you request a hearing. You may be given the option of accepting the ignition interlock. You will need to immediately request a hearing unless you choose to accept the interlock. You should get an attorney to represent you at the hearing. Note that there is a very short time period to request a hearing.
At the hearing the judge can reduce the suspension, require the interlock, give you a restricted license, or do any number of things. You will need documentation of your need to drive for employment, alcohol treatment, education, medical treatment, etc.
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Depends on whether the GA DUI is a conviction under GA law or not. If a conviction, it will be reported to MD; however, the only way the MD MVA can suspend or revoke your MD privilege for an out of state conviction is if the GA offense has you were convicted of has a similar counter-part in MD. Normally, DUI is a DUI, and MD will treat it as such, but this "DUI less safe" is an offense I have never heard of (certainly not a MD offense), so unless the statutory elements of the GA offense would result in a DUI conviction in MD, then you may have an argument. There are examples of lesser included offenses in other jurisdiction (such as Operating While Impaired in DC with a .05 BAC) which has no MD counterpart, and thus no impact on your MD privilege. Hire experienced counsel to review the charge. Ignition interlock is just one of many options, which may or may not be applicable to your situation.
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