The best legal topics comes from real leads who have questions about their case. Today, I spoke to a Baltimore DUI lead who had a question about her Maryland CDL.
The lead has a Maryland CDL (commercial driver's license) Class B. She was pulled over for a Baltimore DUI while driving her personal vehicle. The lead had a BAC of 0.19.
The lead was concerned about the effect a Baltimore DWI would have on her Maryland CDL Class B.
Just like any Baltimore DUI with BAC of 0.19, the lead's license is going to be suspended by the MVA for a period of 90 days.
One possible modification is to ask the MVA to allow her to put the interlock on her personal and commercial vehicles for a period of 1 year. In order to install the interlock on an employer's commercial vehicle the lead needs the employer's permission. Unfortunately, the interlock is not an option for this lead because her employer isn't going to allow her to put an interlock on their commercial vehicle - a bus. In this scenario the lead could ask the MVA for a work exemption.
So, unless you win your MVA hearing, put the interlock on your vehicle and commercial vehicle, or receive a work exemption, the lead is stuck with a 90 day suspension of her CDL.
Here's where things get tricky.
It is imperative that the lead be found not guilty of Baltimore DUI in court. If the lead is found guilty of the Baltimore DUI, then the lead's CDL will be suspended for 1 year by the MVA. If the lead is found guilty of the Baltimore DWI, then nothing should happen to her CDL.
As you can see, Baltimore DUIs are a two-headed monster: the courts and the MVA. In this lead's case, the real issues are the ramifications of the MVA on her CDL.
If you have been charged with a Baltimore DUI and have a Maryland CDL, then call me for a free consultation. Weekend appointments are available. 443/538-8717