Nearly everyone has experienced the sinking feeling of seeing red and blue lights in the rearview mirror of their car. Traffic violations are some of the most common misdemeanors committed in the state of Maryland. While many traffic fines can be paid without the assistance of an attorney, there are some key times when legal representation can save time, money, and even jail time.
Pleading “Not Guilty”
Whenever anyone receives a ticket in the state of Maryland, they have one of three options for settling the case. First, they can plead guilty and pay the fine. This is done online, by telephone, by mail, or in person at the local district courthouse. Second, to potentially save points on their license or have a reduced fee, the person can submit a “Request for Waiver Hearing” to the District Court Traffic Processing Center. The processing center will then schedule a hearing where the person can explain the situation and ask for a reduced fine. Finally, a person can ask for a trial and potentially plead “not guilty” to a traffic violation. This allows the defendant to mount a case against the violation that could potentially dismiss all fines and penalties. If you plan on contesting a traffic violation, it is always wise to discuss your case with a qualified attorney first.
DUI & DWI
The state of Maryland has one of the lowest blood alcohol limits in the country at .07%. However, those who drive with a blood alcohol content of .04% to .07% are considered “driving while intoxicated” or DWI. If convicted, this crime carries with it a penalty of up to $1,000 and up to two months in jail. Those driving with a blood alcohol content of over .08% are considered “driving under the influence” or DUI which carries a fine of up to $2000 and up to two years in jail. Anyone who is accused of or arrested for DWI or DUI should consult with an attorney to assist in their defense, which may include negotiating no or reduced fines and jail time.
To discuss your traffic, DWI, or DUI case, contact Orshan Legal Group LLC.