Maryland Driving Violations Attorneys
No one ever wants to see those red and blue flashing lights in their rearview mirror. Being pulled over by the police is a very unsettling experience, especially if you have been suspected of drinking and driving. Performing sobriety tests on the side of the road and being handcuffed can leave you feeling ashamed, humiliated, and worried about how much trouble you are really in.
In Maryland, there are different types of traffic offenses and different penalties. A person can be charged with a traffic infraction, misdemeanor, or felony.
A traffic infraction is considered the least serious type of violation and never carries jail time. However, if you choose to fight the ticket, it can have the possibility of a $500 fine and points on your driving record regardless of what the amount of the fine is on the ticket.
A traffic misdemeanor does carry the possibility of jail time. Most traffic violations are misdemeanors and carry a possible penalty ranging from 60 days to 1 year of jail and a fine ranging from $500 to $1,000.
There are specific violations in the Transportation Article designated as felonies. What distinguishes a felony is the possible jail sentence is higher than a misdemeanor. Some examples of a traffic felony include DWI/DUI where a person is killed.
DWI/DUI is a serious criminal offense in Maryland. A DWI/DUI conviction can lead to the loss of driving privileges, higher auto insurance rates, substantial fines, and even jail time. Having a criminal record can damage your reputation, strain your relationships, and affect future employment prospects.
While it is true that the potential penalties you face are harsh, -do not assume that you are guilty just because you were over the legal limit.
What are the Different Types of Offenses?
There are two different types of traffic offenses in Maryland. The first one is a payable offense and the second one is a must-appear offense. Payable offenses are minor traffic offenses such as speeding and negligent driving. Must appear tickets require you to be in court and carry the possibility of jail time such as driving under the influence, driving uninsured, and driving while suspended. You cannot just pay a fine for these tickets.
Maryland MVA Administrative Hearings
If you have been charged with a DWI/DUI or other serious traffic offense, not only do you face possible criminal liability, but your driver’s license can also be suspended and/or revoked as a result. Even if you are later found not guilty of the DWI/DUI or other serious traffic offense, you can still face such consequences. An experienced defense attorney can help you avoid driver’s license suspension or revocation.
If you have been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving or have been charged with drunk driving, call a skilled administrative hearing attorney in Maryland, call Kim & Grillo Law.
The state of Maryland MVA is more than just long lines and wait times. It is a bureaucratic organization with strict rules and regulations. The individuals who preside over your case at an administrative hearing have very little patience and discretion when making decisions related to your driver’s license. Therefore, it is vital to have an attorney who understands the ins and outs of the bureaucracy involved at these hearings and can put forth the best defense on your behalf. There are a number of reasons why an individual arrested for a DWI/DUI or other serious traffic offense should still be able to keep his/her driver’s license, such as: technical discrepancies by the arresting officer during the traffic stop, hardship or necessity for work licenses. That is why it is imperative you know and understand your rights when it comes to such administrative hearings.
Losing your driving privileges for any reason can have a detrimental impact on your quality of life and those who depend on you. If you have received notice that the MVA is initiating an action against your driver’s license, you often will have a limited time in which to respond. If you fail to make a timely request, you may lose your right to have a hearing.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a serious driving offense and your attendance at an MVA Administrative Hearing is required, then you may be facing the possibility of losing your driver’s license. Please, contact Kim & Grillo Law to assist you with this process.
If you or a loved one is facing a DWI/DUI or other serious driving violation offense, contact us immediately for a free case evaluation. The sooner we can get access to your case file, the stronger our chances of getting you a favorable result.