Fighting Traffic Citations
Fighting Traffic Citations in Maryland
In Maryland, points are assessed on one’s driver’s license for most moving traffic violations. The number of points assessed for each violation can vary greatly depending on the severity of the offense. For example, failing to stop at a stop sign can yield two points on a driver’s license. On the other hand, a more serious violation, such as driving 30 miles per hour over the speed limit, can result in five points being placed on one’s license. Upon receiving eight or more points on a license, it is possible to have it revoked for a period of time determined by a the MVA or at an MVA hearing. Furthermore, accruing twelve or more points on one’s license is cause for revocation in the state of Maryland.
Not only can having points on one’s license ultimately lead to revocation or suspension, but this can also cause one’s car insurance rates to rise. Each time a person is convicted of a traffic offense in Maryland, it is reported to the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles. From there, the offense is placed on the person’s driving record and his or her car insurance company is notified. Some insurance companies will forgive first-time offenses for minor violations, but repeat citations or serious offenses can result in a significant rate hike that can cost the driver hundreds of dollars in increased premiums per year.
Not to mention, being convicted of a traffic violation also typically means having to pay a substantial fine or penalty for the ticket. These can range anywhere from $100 to over $500 or more, depending on the offense and the specific situation.
Fighting a Traffic Citation
What many people do not realize upon being pulled over and issued a ticket, however, is that they can be fought in court and all drivers have a chance of winning such a case if taken to court. While police officers are well-trained as to state traffic laws, the truth remains that they can be overzealous and/or make mistakes. If you have been issued a traffic citation and you believe that it was a mistake on the officer’s part, then you may very well wish to take the matter to court. After all, why voluntarily succumb to the added points on your license in addition to the fines and penalties if you do not have to?
If you plan on fighting your traffic citations in court, then you will want to begin by hiring a lawyer who focuses on Maryland traffic law. This is important because counsel must be very familiar with the ins/outs of the Maryland traffic code. As a result, you will have an increased chance of success when it comes time for your day in court.
The last thing that you want to do is to attempt to represent yourself in court. After all, if the police officer ends up showing up in court that day, all that is left is your word against the officer’s. In 99.9% of these cases, the judge will side with the sworn officer of the law rather than the citizen. Fortunately, by having a lawyer on your side, you have a much better chance of being able to have the judge see that the officer may have made a mistake or failed to do something that was required.
There are many different ways in which your case could work out if you take the time to hire a lawyer who focuses in traffic citations. In an ideal scenario, you will be able to have your charges dropped altogether. However, this is not always the case. Instead, you may have your charges reduced instead. It all depends on the specifics of your situation, such as your previous driving record and the circumstances around this citation.
Fighting a traffic citation is not easy; this is why having a dedicated and experienced lawyer is so important. Contact Robinson & Associates for a free consultation by calling 443-524-7395.