Implied Consent Lawyer Maryland

Although the term may not sound familiar, you were informed of the state’s implied consent requirement when you first applied for your driver’s license.  Put another way, Maryland will issue a license to drive to you in exchange for your promise to submit to testing by an officer in the event an officer suspects you have been driving while intoxicated.  If you have a Maryland license, you have made that agreement even if you have forgotten about it.

Maryland’s “implied consent” law states that if you are lawfully stopped and detained by an officer who has probable cause to believe that you have been driving while intoxicated, then you consent to taking a chemical test of your blood, breath, or urine for the purpose of determining your blood alcohol content (BAC).  At this point, you have two options:  submit to the test or refuse.

If you refuse to submit to the test, your driving privileges will be suspended automatically.  You also will still be arrested for driving under the influence.

The officer should tell you that if you refuse, your license will be suspended for 120 days if it is your first offense. For your second and any subsequent refusal, you lose your license for one year.

For more information on Implied Consent License Suspension, a free initial consultation is your next best move. Get the information and legal answers you’re seeking by contacting the Law Office of Andrew Hoverman, LLC today by phone at 202-540-0525 or setting up a consultation here.