If you’re pulled over by a police officer for a traffic ticket, the first thing that happens is your heart starts to race and you begin to worry; “Did I miss a stop sign, how fast was I going?” Calm down and provide the officer your license, insurance card, registration, and that is all you should provide. If you’ve violated a traffic offense, no need to tell the officer all other things you have done wrong, he might just add that to the list of tickets he or she is about to issue.
If you have received a traffic ticket in Maryland, call attorney Randolph Rice at 410-288-2900 or click here to email him directly.
Why choose the Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., LLC for Traffic Tickets / Violations?
We have proven tactics to help you keep your license and ensure that you do no receive or reduce the points on your license. Each courtroom is different and each Judge likes to see specific information and activities by each driver. We have the experience and knowledge to guide you through the complicated landscape of the Courts.
Types of Traffic Cases We Handle for Our Clients:
- Driving without a license in Maryland;
- Driving with a canceled license in Maryland;
- Driving with a suspended license in Maryland;
- Driving with a revoked license in Maryland;
- Driving an uninsured vehicle in Maryland;
- Hit and Run or Fail to Remain at the Scene of an Accident:
- Speeding tickets in Maryland;
- Stop sign violations in Maryland.
How many MVA points will be assigned for a Conviction of a Traffic Offense in Maryland?
You can use our Maryland Schedule of Pre-Set Fines, Points, and or Penalties for MVA offenses. Open the document and find your Transportation Article Section in the schedule and the maximum fine and points assigned to that violation.
Be mindful that you also should be as nice as possible to the officer. He or she is risking his/her life on the side of road. With traffic rushing by and the unknown of who is sitting in your care, give him or her a break and treat then with courtesy and respect and he or she will in turn show you the same amount of respect.
What do you do after being issues a traffic ticket?
Call the Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., LLC at 410.288.900 to schedule a FREE-initial consultation. We can advise the best course of action for all traffic citations. Whether a speeding ticket or you are charged with Driving While Suspended or Driving While Revoked (which carry jail time), we can help.
Issued a traffic citation in Baltimore County, Harford County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City or any other county in the state of Maryland, contact us at 410.288.2900 and speak with an attorney that will fight for your case.
There are a number of traffic violations for which one may be issued a ticket here in Maryland. We’ve compiled a list of all of the citations that may be legally issued by a law enforcement officer here in Maryland, as well as a brief description of that violation:
DUI and DWI Violations
DUI and DWI citations may be imposed on people who have consumed alcohol or are under the influence of drugs while they are operating a vehicle. These violations are comparatively serious, and they are considered criminal charges.
Reckless Driving or Negligent Driving
Reckless driving and negligent driving citations may be issued for a number of reasons. For example, if a driver is weaving across lanes of traffic, he or she may be issued a reckless driving ticket.
Seat Belt Violation
Drivers and passengers are required by law to wear seatbelts while in a moving motor vehicle. You may be issued a seat belt violation ticket if an officer notices that you or a passenger is unbelted while the vehicle is moving.
Child Restraint Violation
Similar to a seat belt violation, a child restraint violation citation may be issued if your child is unrestrained or improperly restrained in a moving vehicle. Use proper child safety restraints in your vehicle to avoid a citation.
If an you’re caught speeding by a police officer, they may issue a speeding ticket. Speeding ticket penalties vary depending on the amount of one’s transit speed over the speed limit.
Maryland traffic law requires that a vehicle has standardized equipment for safety purposes. This equipment includes brakes, a horn, lights (including operating headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and license plate lights), a muffler, mirrors, seat belts, tires, and proper windows. Any vehicle missing any one or more of these pieces of equipment may result in a mechanical violation citation. Additionally, if the aforementioned equipment is broken or misused, a driver may also be cited for a mechanical violation.
Hit & Run or Leaving the Scene of an Accident
If a driver is part of an accident, and flees the scene of the accident, they may be issued with a hit & run or leaving the scene of an accident citation.
Drivers are required to be licensed, and they’re required to carry and reveal their driver’s license upon request by a police officer. Failure to do so may result in a driving without a license citation.
Similarly, drivers are required to have a license that is not suspended. Driver’s licenses may be suspended for various traffic violations, and driving with a suspended license is a further infraction of traffic law.
A person may not drive a motor vehicle on any highway or on any property specified in § 21-101.1 of this article while the person’s license or privilege to drive is revoked in this Maryland.
If you’ve been asked for a driver’s license during a suspected traffic violation, and you refused to give an officer your driver’s license, you may have been issued with a misdemeanor charge for your violation.
Drivers are required to be insured. If a driver isn’t covered by sufficient car insurance, they may be issued a driving without insurance or insufficient insurance citation.
Driving Without Vehicle Registration
Before a vehicle may be legally operated, it must be registered with the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Failure to register a vehicle can result in a driving without vehicle registration citation.
Driving With an Expired Vehicle Registration
Likewise, if a vehicle is operated under an expired registration, it is a violation of traffic law and a ticket may be issued for the infraction.
Performing an Illegal U-Turn or Left Turn
According to state statute 21-402, a U-turn can only be legally performed so long as the driver yields the right-of-way to approaching vehicles. Failure to do so can result in a traffic violation citation.
Unlawful Vehicle Modification
If a vehicle is modified in an illegal manner, the driver may be issued a traffic violation citation. There are numerous infractions that are considered illegal vehicle modifications; for example, cutting off or modifying a vehicle’s muffler.