Have you been charged with a traffic offense?

Traffic offenses in Maryland can result in various consequences, both in terms of legal penalties and administrative actions taken by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA). Keep in mind that specific penalties can change over time, so it’s always best to contact an experienced lawyer if you have been charged with a traffic offense. However, here are some common traffic offenses and their potential administrative consequences in Maryland:

Speeding:

Speeding fines vary based on how much over the speed limit you were driving. If you accumulate a certain number of points on your driving record within a certain time frame due to speeding violations, you could face MVA consequences like driver improvement programs or even license suspension.

Reckless Driving:

Reckless driving is a serious offense in Maryland and can lead to points on your driving record, higher insurance rates, fines, and even license suspension. The MVA might require you to attend a driver improvement program.

DUI/DWI:

Driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI) can result in both legal penalties and administrative consequences. These may include fines, license suspension, mandatory alcohol education programs, the requirement to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle, and jail time!

Running Red Lights/Stop Signs:

Running red lights or stop signs can result in points on your driving record and fines. Accumulating too many points within a specific timeframe can lead to MVA actions, such as mandatory attendance at a driver improvement program.

Texting While Driving:

Maryland has laws against texting while driving. Violations can lead to fines and points on your driving record.

Driving Without a Valid License or Insurance:

Driving without a valid license or insurance can result in fines, points on your driving record, and administrative actions such as vehicle registration suspension.

Driving Without Seat Belt:

Failing to wear a seat belt or failing to secure passengers properly can result in fines. While these violations usually don't lead to license points, they can still impact your driving record and insurance rates.

Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License:

If you're caught driving with a suspended or revoked license, you could face additional license suspension, fines, and even imprisonment.

It’s important to note that Maryland uses a points system, where certain traffic violations result in points being added to your driving record. If you accumulate too many points within a specific period, the MVA can take administrative actions against your driving privileges, such as requiring you to attend driver improvement programs or suspending your license.

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Legal Expertise:

A Traffic Offense lawyer understands the complex legal procedures and nuances surrounding these cases in Maryland. They can guide you through the legal process and ensure that your rights are protected.

Case Evaluation:

A lawyer can review the details of your case, including evidence, police reports, and witness statements. They can identify any potential weaknesses or flaws in the prosecution's case.

Defense Strategy:

A lawyer can help develop a strong defense strategy tailored to your specific situation. This could involve challenging the evidence, questioning the legality of the traffic stop or arrest, or exploring other legal avenues to minimize the impact of the charges.