Traffic Offense Attorney in Baltimore, Maryland
Traffic offenses range from minor infractions to major offenses. While most of these tickets come with various fines, the points to one’s license can increase insurance premiums, adding a further financial burden. In addition, some more serious municipal violations can lead to overwhelming fines, license suspension, and even jail time. It is important to discuss your situation with an effective legal team that can mitigate the impact of these various legal matters. Decker, Tychostup & Friedman is an experienced law firm serving clients in Baltimore and across the state of Maryland. For decades, our firm has successfully fought against the gamut of traffic tickets. If you need our help, we are ready to serve. Contact Decker, Tychostup & Friedman for a consultation today.
The Maryland point system
The Maryland point system is generally straightforward. The following point totals, acquired over the course of 2 years, can lead to a number of warnings and penalties, including:
- 3-4 points: A warning letter
- 5-7 points: Enrollment in a Driver Improvement Program
- 8-11 points: Suspended license
- 12+ points: Revoked license
Depending on the offense you have been charged with, you could be subject to a range of points, leading to the above consequences and raised insurance premiums.
Reckless & Negligent Driving
Reckless driving is taken very seriously in the state of Maryland. According to Maryland Transporation Code § 21-901.1., reckless driving is defined as driving “in wanton or willful disregard for the safety of persons or property.” This law also includes negligent driving, which is a lesser offense defined as driving “in a careless or imprudent manner that endangers any property or the life or person of any individual.” The penalties for these offenses are as follows:
- Reckless driving is a misdemeanor offense that is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 (although it starts at $510 and can be reduced or increased), as well as 6 points added to the driving record
- Negligent driving is a misdemeanor offense that is punishable by a maximum fine of $500 (although the scheduled fine is only $140 and a judge can decide to increase or reduce the fine), as well as 3 points added to the driving record
One of the most common forms of involuntary manslaughter is vehicular manslaughter. However, this offense can be upgraded to vehicular homicide if the driver was impaired by alcohol or drugs at the time of the offense. The breakdown of penalties for these offenses is as follows:
- Vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence is a felony that is punishable by up to 10 years of imprisonment and or a fine of up to $5,000
- Vehicular manslaughter with criminal negligence is a misdemeanor offense that can be punished by up to 3 years of imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $5,000
- Vehicular homicide while under the influence of alcohol is a felony offense that is punishable by up to 5 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000
- Vehicular homicide while impaired by alcohol, drugs, or a controlled substance is a felony offense that is punishable by up to 3 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000
Driving While Suspended
There are many reasons that a driver may be subject to a license suspension or revocation. If you have had your license suspended and were caught driving anyway, you can face serious consequences. Driving while suspended can result in significant penalties, such as up to 1 year of incarceration, a fine of up to $1,000, and points added to your driving record. To learn more about driving on a suspended license, read our page here.
Speeding is probably the most common traffic infraction. It may seem practical to plead guilty and pay a fine, but the impact to some of these tickets can be far-reaching. Our firm will represent you, protect your rights, and fight these tickets. If you already have accumulating points, even the smallest ticket can be a major problem. Our firm will use all legal means to fight the ticket or plea bargain the ticket down to a lesser infraction without points. Whatever the case, we are ready to handle all speeding tickets.
- 1-9 mph over the speed limit: $120.00 fine and 1 point to your driver’s license
- 10-19 mph over the speed limit: $140.00 fine and 2 points to your driver’s license
- 20-29 mph over the speed limit: $270.00 fine and 2 points to your driver’s license
- 30-39 mph over the speed limit: $540.00 fine and 5 points to your driver’s license
- 40+ mph over the speed limit: $1000.00 fine and 5 points to your driver’s license
Contact Decker, Tychostup & Friedman
The attorneys at Decker, Tychostup & Friedman are experienced in helping clients avoid fines, driver’s license points, and other penalties for Maryland traffic offenses. If you or someone you love has been charged with a traffic offense in Maryland, contact our firm to arrange a free confidential review of your Maryland traffic offense case.