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Traffic Law

In Maryland, traffic offenses are divided into two categories. Non-incarcerable offenses are those not punishable by a jail sentence, such as most speeding violations. Incarcerable offenses can be punished with jail time. One of the most commonly prosecuted offenses is driving under the influence. Some of the other most common violations include:

  • Driving with a revoked or suspended license
  • Manslaughter by automobile
  • Fraudulent use of a license
  • Driving without insurance
  • Negligent or reckless driving
  • Leaving the scene of an accident (hit-and-run)

Major Traffic Offenses

If you are accused of a serious offense, you must appear in court, even if you intend to plead guilty. If you fail to appear, the court may issue a warrant for your arrest. The punishment for serious offenses can include jail terms, fines, and driving restrictions, as well as additional points on your license. Your insurance company will also use a serious offense conviction as an excuse to increase your premiums for a considerable period of time or to cancel your coverage.

Minor Traffic Offenses

Maryland tracks all moving traffic violations on a point system, and the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) may suspend your license for accumulation of points. Paying the fine without appearing in Court (which is allowed if your offense could not result in jail time), is also an admission of guilt. It could result in an increase in your insurance premiums or your insurance could be terminated. However, ignoring a violation could result in suspension of your license, and driving with a suspended license is punishable by jail and fines and an additional point total.

Many people simply pay the fine in order to avoid the hassle of appearing in court, whether they believe they are guilty or not. However, we can challenge minor violations on many grounds. If you choose to contest the ticket, you must appear in court as ordered. (Learn what to do if you accidentally missed your court appearance.)

In addition to fighting incarcerable and non-incarcerable traffic charges, we represent clients in seeking license reinstatement after suspension.

Please contact our office to schedule a consultation.

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Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Phone: 410.535.0627
Fax: 410.535.0627