Most traffic violations are considered minor. Minor means they do not carry the possibility of jail time. Many times, however, these tickets do carry a lot of points, and fines that are certainly not minor. Often times an officer will charge you with multiple violations, or the wrong violation.
Sometimes they simply cannot prove their case in court. It is important to hire a lawyer to take advantage of these mistakes. Even if you are guilty, a lawyer can usually lead to a reduction or elimination of fines and points.
The long term effect of these points on your driving record and insurance bill will often be much more significant than the fees associated with having proper representation.
In addition to DUI, there are several other “Major” traffic offenses in Maryland. A Major traffic offense is one that carries the possibility of jail time.
Driving on a suspended or revoked license
Driving without a license
Hit and Run
Fleeing and Eluding
Falsifying tags or validation tabs
In addition to jail time, most of these offenses carry between 8 and 12 points on your driving record which could lead to a suspension or revocation of your license. Often, the state cannot properly authenticate your driving record, or there has been an error by the MVA.
It is essential to have an experienced attorney who can spot these errors and take advantage of them. Usually, with proper mitigation, it is possible to avoid jail time, and even avoid most or all of the points associated with these offenses.
The Law Office of Matthew I. Wyman has extensive legal experience handling all types of traffic charges, ranging from the most serious of traffic (D.U.I.’s, leaving the scene, driving without insurance and driving while suspended/revoked) to minor traffic offenses (speeding, negligent driving, stop sign/red light tickets).
The amount of fine and/or incarceration is always left up to the trial judge; however, it is the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) that will assess points automatically based upon the outcome of your case in court. In Maryland, if one accumulates 8 points or more on their driving record, the driver’s license privileges can be suspended. For 12 points or more, the driving license is subject to being revoked, and in certain situations, there are even harsher consequences. For the most minor of traffic offenses, a driver’s insurance rates can spiral out of control. Insurance companies usually check a person’s driver record for points on an annual basis.
I routinely represent clients in MVA hearings and am able to allow them the ability to keep their driver’s license and stay on the road.