Traffic Law Archives - Zirkin and Schmerling Law

Do I Need An Attorney For My Traffic Ticket?

There are two types of traffic tickets in Maryland: fineable-only tickets and jailable tickets. As the terms imply, one results only in fines and one can lead to jail time as well as fines. If you’re facing incarceration, you should absolutely contact a Traffic Violations Defense Attorney as quickly as possible. But don’t assume a […]

Penalties for First-time Drunk Drivers

When you’re charged with a first-time driving under the influence offense, it’s a scary situation. This could be the first interaction you’ve really had with the police and your mind will be swirling with worries about what could happen next. Can you fight the accusation? Does your clean driving record matter? Will you lose your […]

Your Next 10 Days After a DUI Arrest in Maryland

Did you know the 10 days after a Maryland DUI are critically important to your future? Buried within the paperwork you’ll receive, there’s a notification about a 10-day period that impacts your ability to keep your driving privileges. Miss this crucial window of time, and you may face a more drawn-out process with harsher penalties […]

Traffic Ticket Stop Goes Horribly Wrong

When the police stop someone for a traffic ticket, it sometimes sets off a series of tragic events that put everyone in danger – the person being stopped, the police officer, and the public. A simple traffic citation becomes a deadly disaster. It starts out as a routine situation. An officer pulls someone over, which […]

Dangerous Maryland Roads and Intersections With Higher Than Average Pedestrian-Car Accidents

Fail to stop for a pedestrian and you could get a $1,000 fine under the new pedestrian safety law now in effect in Maryland. The penalty has risen from $500 to $1,000 and lawmakers hope the hefty fine will make people think twice before putting pedestrians in danger. Under SB460, the Pedestrian Safety Bill, all […]

Baltimore’s Five Most Dangerous Road Zones and the Harford Road Diet

In May 2019, Baltimore made a controversial change to one of its most accident-prone roads, Harford Road between Echodale Avenue and White Avenue. A busy thoroughfare with four lanes of traffic was cut down to just two, with the others converted to bike lanes and more room for pedestrians and scooters. This slim-down is known […]

Steeper Penalties for Drunk or Drugged Driving Should Deter Accidents And Injuries

The frequency of drunk and drugged driving accidents hasn’t dropped much in Maryland so far, even though the penalties for causing these accidents are more severe, after House Bill 707 (HB707) went into effect October 1, 2019. According to a 2018 Maryland Highway Safety Plan study, drunk driving accounts for about one in three fatal […]

Leaving the Scene of an Accident is a Crime in Maryland – Know Your Rights After a Hit-and-Run Accident

Hit-and-run drivers make most people in our whole community angry. A hit and run car crash could be as minor as a small scrape to someone’s vehicle or as major as hitting a person and causing serious personal injury or death. Either way, it is important to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions. […]