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Maryland Traffic Violations Attorneys

Each year, around 20 people tragically lose their lives due to Charles County traffic accidents, many of which result from serious traffic violations. If you’ve been involved in an accident where a traffic violation occurred, you could look at severe criminal charges, including large fines and extended prison time. Nobody wants to be involved in an auto accident, especially a serious one, but the unknown can happen.

If you find yourself being charged with a serious traffic violation, you want the right team on your side to defend you in court. The best Charles County lawyers at the Law Office of Robert Castro are standing by to help you in the event of a serious traffic violation. Here’s a breakdown of the most serious Maryland traffic violations, their consequences, and how.

Serious Traffic Violations in Maryland

There are many traffic violations in Maryland, with many simply being payable violations where you don’t need to appear in court. These violations include speeding slightly over the limit, not coming to a full stop at a stop sign or improper turning.

Then there are more serious violations that include misdemeanors and felonies. Some traffic violations in Maryland require you to appear in court, and here’s what those violations are:

Fleeing the Scene of an Accident

When involved in an accident, it’s important to exchange insurance information or notify the police of the accident. Also known as a hit and run, fleeing the scene of an accident is typically a panic move for those that may have warrants or no insurance on their vehicle.

Fleeing/Evading Police

If a police officer has their lights on and is signaling a driver to pull their vehicle to the side of the road, they must comply. Failure to do so is considered to be fleeing and evading, as well as actively speeding to avoid being detained.

Driving Under the Influence

Whether it’s drugs or alcohol, driving under the influence is considered one of the most serious traffic violations in any state. Not all DUIs are the same, as you can be given this charge without submitting to a breathalyzer test.

Driving With a Suspended License

  • Like a DUI, driving with a suspended license can result from many different things. A license can be suspended without you knowing it if you have an unpaid parking ticket up to having your license suspended due to serious traffic violations.

Those given a “must appear” citation will automatically be given a court date and will continue to receive notifications regarding that date.

Consequences for Traffic Violations

Many serious traffic violations carry a maximum sentence of several years in prison and thousands of dollars. In a serious injury, penalties for these violations are increased.

Fleeing the scene of an accident after an injury carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine, resulting in death up to 10 years and $10,000 for fleeing.

Fleeing the police is punishable by up to a year in jail and 12 points on your driver’s license.

As for driving under the influence, a first offense carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Each driving under the influence conviction afterward carries more severe penalties, including revocation of a driver’s license.

Speaking of driving without a valid license, this carries the softest punishment for the “must appear” violations. The maximum penalty is the same as driving under the influence. Still, a judge is less likely to levy that type of punishment, instead aiming for a fine and possible reinstatement of the license, depending on why it was suspended.

How the Law Office of Robert Castro Can Help

Our traffic violations attorney is ready to take on your case and get you the representation you deserve.

Our team is experienced in traffic violations and can make sure that any penalties for serious traffic violations are brought to a minimum. Among lower fees, avoiding jail time, and taking points away from your license, the Law Office of Robert Castro handles all aspects of traffic violations in the courtroom. The top attorneys in Charles County MD, at the Law Office of Robert Castro, are waiting for your call at (301) 870-1200.