Maryland Traffic Ticket Violations–What You Need to Know

Traffic Ticket ViolationsAlthough traffic violations are sometimes thought to be minor in severity, a traffic ticket in Maryland may carry penalties that can affect your long-term driving record and, in some cases, your freedom. This blog is designed to review some of the most common traffic ticket types in Maryland, the points they carry, and some of the long-term effects that a traffic ticket may have on your driving record and other facets of your life.

Most Common Moving Traffic Violations in Maryland and the Points They Carry
Below is a list of the most common moving traffic violation in the State of Maryland and the point penalties that they carry if a person is convicted of a violation. Keep in mind that the point system is designed to issue penalties that can ultimately take away your driving privilege in the State as a result of a moving violation. These penalties also remain on your driving record for 2 years following the date of the citation or until they are properly expunged. Not to mention the likelihood of having to represent oneself not only before the court but also the MVA which is a very unique experience with a limited period of 10 days to act.

  • Driving with a Suspended License: – 12 Points
  • Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs – 12 Points
  • Driving While Impaired by Alcohol – 8 Points
  • Failing to Remain at Accident Scene – 8 Points
  • Reckless Driving – 6 Points
  • Driving Without a License – 5 Points
  • Failing to Stop for a Flashing School Bus – 3 Points
  • Failing to Stop at a Red Light – 2 Points
  • Improper Passing – 1 Point
  • Failure to Yield the Right of Way – 1 Point
  • Improper U-Turn – 1 Point

Accumulating certain points over the course of a 2-year period can also lead to other penalties that include, but are not limited to:

  • 3-4 Points: Receipt of a warning letter from the MVA. This letter has no legal
    Significance and should be thought of as a notification of the likelihood of losing your driving privilege if the points do not stop
  • 5-7 Points: Request to enroll in the Driver Improvement Program. This can be either by Court Order, accumulation of points over time, receipt of a traffic conviction, or probation before judgment. This is the less stringent and final warning before a formal suspension and/or revocation of driving privileges altogether.
  • 8-11 Points – License will be suspended, i.e., your driving privileges will be taken away for a temporary period. The suspension period varies depending on the initial cause of the suspension and can be reinstated if certain requirements are met and fees are paid. This can be a serious penalty for frequent drivers who heavily rely on their driving privilege in their daily life.
  • 12 + Points – License will be revoked, i.e., your driving privilege will be fully cancelled and you must wait for a specified period of time before you can initiate the process of having them reinstated. Once that waiting period is over, you can pay the fees and request a reinstatement which will be reviewed by the MVA to determine your eligibility. This reinstatement process may take several years in some cases.

Long Term Effects

Some of the long-term effects of a traffic ticket that is not properly taken care of in the State of Maryland include, but are not limited to:

  • Points on your license
  • Auto insurance rate increase as result of added points
  • Jail time for the following violations:
    • DUI – Maximum of 1 year in Jail & $1000 Fine
    • DWI – Maximum of 60 days in Jail & $500 Fine
    • Driving with a suspended license – Maximum of 1 year in Jail & $1000 Fine
    • Driving with a revoked license – Maximum of 1 year in Jail & $1000 Fine
    • Driving without a license – Maximum of 1 year in Jail & $1000 Fine
    • Driving without insurance – Maximum of 1 year in Jail & $1000 Fine
    • Leaving the Scene of an Accident – Maximum of 60 days in Jail & $500 Fine

Maryland Traffic violations can have substantial long-term effects on your license, driving record, and overall freedom if not properly dealt with once issued. If you have incurred a moving violation and you are unsure on how to proceed, The Murphy Law Firm can help. We service Prince George’s, Montgomery, Charles, and other surrounding counties in these matters. Contact Angel Murphy with The Murphy Law Firm, LLC today to schedule your free criminal law matter consultation at (240) 493-9116 or angel@amurphylegal.com. If you are active on social media, Like us on Facebook @AMurphyLegal, Follow us on Instagram @AMurphyLegal, and Twitter @AMurphy_Legal

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