Although a traffic ticket may seem minor, they can add up under the point system established by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA). If you simply pay the fine, you are admitting guilt. If you have five points on your license within a two-year period, the MVA will arrange a conference with you to discuss your record. If you accumulate eight points in a two-year period, your license may be suspended. At Felsen & Sargent, our Rockville traffic ticket lawyers help our clients fight a range of violations, including speeding, moving violations, driving without a license, driving without insurance, or reckless driving. Consulting a criminal defense attorney may be important in trying to preserve your driving privileges.Fighting a Traffic Ticket
The point system makes it important to fight tickets for traffic violations. There are minor and major violations. Certain traffic violations are considered particularly minor, including failing to stop for a school vehicle with alternatively flashing lights, driving with an improper class of license, following too closely, or throwing injurious substances on the highway. These can result in two points on your license.
However, very minor violations may add up, and certain minor violations carry more points. For example, five points may be imposed for driving an uninsured car, participating in a speed contest on the highway, or driving without a license.
Many people simply choose to pay the fine. However, when you pay a fine, you admit guilt. You can contest a minor traffic ticket by going to court and entering a plea of not guilty. If you choose not to pay the fine, and you do not appear in court, your license is automatically suspended, which may result in a 60-day jail term and $500 in fines. When you appear in court, the officer who issued the ticket will need to testify so that all of the elements of the offense that gave rise to the ticket are proven beyond a reasonable doubt. It can help to have an attorney on your side to question the officer or otherwise fight the ticket so that you do not accumulate a record.
Failing to stop after an accident involving damage to a vehicle may result in eight points, which is all that is necessary for your license to be suspended. You can get 12 points, also resulting in an automatic license suspension, for failing to stop after an accident that involves personal injuries (a hit and run). You can also get 12 points for trying to flee a police officer or for a felony involving a motor vehicle. These violations may result in incarceration as well as fines.
Unlike a minor traffic violation, with a serious traffic violation, you must appear in court rather than simply paying a fine. If someone fails to appear for a serious traffic violation, a warrant may be issued for his or her arrest. It is crucial to retain an attorney for any serious traffic violation. An attorney can cross-examine any witnesses on the other side, such as police officers or experts, and try to get evidence suppressed when appropriate. An attorney may also present mitigating circumstances to the judge so that you have a stronger chance of receiving a lesser penalty.Consult a Traffic Ticket Lawyer in the Rockville Area
Traffic tickets can result in points and a license suspension. They may also result in jail time, fines, and increased insurance premiums. In many cases, it is important to fight a traffic ticket or charge. The Rockville traffic ticket attorneys at Felsen & Sargent provide legal representation for people charged with all different types of violations. We represent clients throughout Maryland, including in Silver Spring, Frederick, Upper Marlboro, and communities throughout Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. Call (301) 251-4010 or submit our online form to set up a free consultation. We also can help people who need a DUI attorney or representation in fighting another type of criminal charge.