Drunk driving is not the only way one can go to jail for a traffic infraction. There are many other serious traffic offenses that can affect your freedom as well as your privilege to drive. Read on for more information about these charges, and to learn more about how you can protect yourself after receiving an incarcerable traffic ticket in Maryland from a police officer.
Serious Traffic Offenses Related To License and Insurance Issues
Driving on a suspended license is one of the most frustrating crimes with which you can be charged. If convicted, you can face up to 1 year in jail, up to $1,000 in fines, and up to 12 points on your license. According to Maryland law, you are guilty of driving on a suspended license if you knew or should have known that your license was suspended.
Driving Without a License is another common incarcerable traffic offense. Don’t worry, this law does not apply people who simply leave their license at home. This charge is reserved for people who never applied for a driver’s license, let their license expire, or had their license taken away by the Motor Vehicle Administration and never applied for a new one. Driving Without a License is punishable by up to 60 days in jail, up to a $500 fine, and the possibility of 5 points on your driving record.
In addition, Driving on a Revoked License is punishable by up to 1 year in jail, up to a $1,000 fine, and the possibility of 12 points on your driving record. Many people wrongly assume that once the revocation period has expired, they will be able to drive again without a penalty. In fact, you need to return to the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) in order to apply for a new license before your license can be unrevoked.
Finally, if you drive without insurance you can expect to receive a maximum penalty of 1 year in jail, up to a $1,000 fine, and up to 12 points. If you just had a short lapse in your insurance, or if there was no accident in your case, you could be facing jail for not having insurance on a vehicle you were driving.
It is important in this situation to have an attorney. You are probably not aware of all the consequences of an incarcerable traffic ticket in Maryland, or all the ways that you will need to defend yourself in court. An attorney can inform you of those options and make a strong case for you before a judge.
Serious Traffic Offenses Related To Poor Driving Decisions
This is another group of charges that prosecutors treat very seriously. The two most common are Failure to Remain at the Scene of an Accident—also known as “Hit and Run”—and Fleeing and Eluding a Police Officer. Both of these offenses are punishable by up to 1 year in prison.
The penalty for a “Hit and Run” incident can change depending on whether the other vehicle had someone in the car. If someone in the other car was injured in a non-serious way, the maximum penalty is 1 year in jail, up to a $3,000 fine, and/or 12 points on your license. Similarly, Fleeing and Eluding carries a maximum penalty of 1 year in jail, up to a $1,000 fine, and/or 12 points on your license.
Two very serious incarcerable traffic tickets in Maryland stand out from the rest: Vehicular Manslaughter, and Homicide While Driving Under the Influence. These charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years and 5 years in prison, respectively. When dealing with these cases, time is of the essence. Do not wait to contact an attorney. Defending cases of this sort is an uphill battle, and there will be much work to be done.
If you feel like you need some legal help, contact our Traffic Law attorney to schedule a free case evaluation today.
Facing an incarcerable traffic ticket in Maryland can be a very frightening situation. You may not be aware of all the steps you should be taking to protect yourself in court, which is why having an attorney is so important. Take the time to contact Zirkin and Schmerling Law, and we’ll help you to understand your legal rights and the consequences for the traffic tickets you have received. Your initial consultation is free of charge. Call us today for your Free Consultation at 410-356-4455.