“Don’t Block the Box” Campaign Aims to Change Baltimore’s Driving Habits

Most of us know the feeling of dread that rush hour traffic unleashes. With the length of rush hour extending earlier into the afternoon and later in the evening, it’s nearly impossible to beat. With most people leaving the city for the suburbs at 5 p.m., Baltimore’s streets turn into a beehive of anxious motorists looking for creative ways to get where they’re going. No matter what you do, though, when there’s gridlock, attempting to maneuver around it will increase the risk of a car crash and do very little to help you advance.

The City of Baltimore aims to curb crashes and fatalities that occur due to bad decisions made behind the wheel. 32% of all pedestrian accidents in the entire state of Maryland happen in Baltimore. Some of these accidents happen when pedestrians need to weave around cars that are trapped in the intersection because they chose to keep moving forward without having enough space to fully cross the street. These vehicles pose a danger to everyone on the road, which is why the “Don’t Block the Box” campaign made headway in 2018.

What is “Don’t Block the Box” in Baltimore?

“Don’t Block the Box” is a traffic safety campaign that seeks to reduce traffic crashes that happen when people block the intersection. The “box” in “Don’t Block the Box” refers to the section of the road between traffic lights that drivers must clear before the light changes. A person who enters the intersection but fails to cross it completely before the light changes to red may now face a $125 penalty.

Cars that get stuck in intersections cause congestion and confusion among drivers. Drivers who have the right of way end up blocked by these drivers. Often, drivers with the right of way must either find their way around these drivers or stay put. Many drivers in rush hour traffic do all they can to keep moving; however, maneuvering around stuck vehicles in intersections is dangerous and can cause drivers to strike other vehicles or pedestrians who also have the right to the crosswalk.

Originally, when legislation was first proposed, blocking the intersection would have led to a fine of $90 and 1 point against a Maryland driver’s license. Today, the penalty is a steeper $125 fine with no license points.

How to Avoid a Ticket for Blocking the Box in Baltimore

All you have to do to avoid a fine for “blocking the box” is to judge how much space and time you have when it’s your turn to cross a street. If it doesn’t look like your car will keep out of the intersection upon crossing, stay put. Even if drivers behind you honk at you, it’s important to obey the rule. Keeping the road clear is important to allow the flow of traffic and the passing of emergency response vehicles. If you move forward and get stuck, the drivers coming the other way will honk at you and you will pose a safety hazard.

Fight Traffic Charges with a Baltimore Traffic Attorney on Your Side

Anyone who crawls into an intersection and gets stuck after the light turns red is subject to a $125 fine. It may be possible to have the fine dismissed with the help of a traffic lawyer in Baltimore.

Attorney Hillel Traub of The Law Office of Hillel Traub has extensive experience defending all types of traffic charges throughout Maryland. As a former Assistant Attorney General for the Maryland MVA, he knows how they function and his knowledge can greatly assist your case. If you face other traffic charges such as DUI, driving with a suspended license, reckless driving, excessive speeding, or another criminal traffic charge, he can help you present an effective defense and represent you in court. Contact our law firm for a free consultation by calling (410) 580-1100 or complete our contact form.

Do I Need a Lawyer to Handle a Traffic Ticket or Can I Pay the Fine?

Many people are unsure of what to do after receiving a traffic ticket in or near Baltimore, though they know they have two main choices: pay the fine or call a lawyer. The fact of the matter is, the State of Maryland makes it easy to think you’ve resolved a ticket by allowing you to pay a fine. This is the case for simple traffic matters such as speeding at a few miles per hour above the speed limit, running a red light or stop sign, or even driving around without wearing a seatbelt. As the name implies, these are all “payable” offenses.

On the other hand, you might have received a ticket for a “must appear” offense. This is a more serious charge that requires you to appear in court before a judge. You cannot pay a fine and consider the matter resolved; so you have the option of hiring legal representation. These charges are more severe than “payable” infractions, so finding a competent lawyer is more urgent.

So, do you hire a lawyer or pay the fine when presented with a traffic ticket? It all depends on the severity of your charge and the results you hope to get.

How Do I Know When to Hire a Maryland Traffic Lawyer?

Whether you actually need a lawyer depends on your specific situation. You have three options for responding to a payable ticket in Maryland, including:

    1. Paying the fine and pleading “Guilty” to the infraction
    2. Requesting a waiver hearing to plead “Guilty” with an explanation (this may reduce the fine), and
    3. Requesting a trial date and appearing for a trial. You may hire a traffic lawyer to represent you and plead “Not Guilty” at this trial.

If you get a ticket for running a red light, you may choose to simply pay it and move on; however, you should know that the court will find you guilty of the offense and incur points against your driver’s license. This might not be a big deal if you’ve never accumulated points, but the more points you get, the closer you are to a license suspension. Ideally, you’d never get points on your license so you could use your good driving record as a potential legal defense in a future traffic case.

There are benefits to working with a lawyer for a payable ticket, specifically the fact that your lawyer can appear in court for you and challenge the infraction. By presenting legal arguments for why your ticket should be dismissed, he or she might be able to keep the infraction off of your driving record and you can avoid points on your license.

You do not have the same selection of options available to you if you’ve been charged with a must appear offense like DUI, reckless driving, or driving with a suspended license. These are all serious criminal charges that may lead to criminal penalties upon a conviction. If the Maryland MVA sent you a notice in the mail for a must appear offense, you need to appear in court and defend yourself against the charge. You may consider it necessary to hire a lawyer to represent you in this case, because without legal representation, you could face the full extent of the law.

What is the Worst That Could Happen Without a Lawyer?

When deciding whether to work with a lawyer, you need to think about the worst result you could get in your case. That worst outcome is a likely result if you lack representation, which is why it might make sense to hire a lawyer regardless of your charge, but especially if you face a must appear violation. Some of the most common must appear offenses in Maryland include:

    • DUI
    • Reckless Driving
    • Excessive Speeding
    • Driving with a Suspended License
    • Hit-and-Run
    • Street Racing
    • Vehicular Manslaughter

Without a lawyer to fight a criminal charge, you’ll miss crucial opportunities to make persuasive legal arguments that could lead to a reduction or dismissal of your charge. The penalties you could face will vary, depending on the offense you’re convicted of in court. A DUI conviction, for example, may lead to:

    • Up to 1 year in jail
    • A fine of up to $1,000
    • License suspension for at least 180 days
    • 12 points on your driver’s license

It’s all a matter of cost-benefit analysis. If the potential benefits of working with a lawyer outweigh the potential costs of not working with one, you’ll want to choose an attorney to work on your case.

Talk to a Knowledgeable Baltimore Traffic Lawyer Now

Before deciding to hire a lawyer (or not), you should at least inform yourself of the most likely result with and without a lawyer. Attorney Hillel Traub of The Law Office of Hillel Traub will gladly explain your charge, what possible defenses exist, and the likely results of your case if you were to work with or without him. His goal is to make you aware of your legal options for defense at this time. If you choose to work with him, he will fight the charge against you aggressively and work with the court to have your charge reduced or dismissed.

Attorney Hillel Traub is a highly experienced and competent traffic attorney. He’s worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the Maryland MVA and can provide unique insight that supports your case. Call (410) 580-1100 for a free consultation today or complete our contact form.

How Much Does Speeding Affect Car Insurance Rates?

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Getting a ticket can often be a frustrating experience. Sure, you may have exceeded the posted limit by a few miles per hour, but you probably weren’t the fastest driver out there; you were just the one who got caught. A speeding ticket can set your day back and tarnish a clean driving record if you’re not careful. And if you think about it, this can cost you in two ways, financially speaking. First, you need to deal with the cost of the violation itself. Second, you must cope with increased insurance rates. Let’s explore just how much insurance premiums can fluctuate with driving behavior.

Knowing How Insurance Agents Think

Insurance companies offer a wide range of policies but at their core, they all function the same way. They base their prices on past behavior. If your driving behavior has caused your insurance company to pay out previous claims, the chances are higher that they’ll need to pay out future claims. Thus, you will pay more for your car insurance.

Auto insurance agents tend to look at your driving behavior in the past few years when calculating what you should pay for coverage. Speeding is a common offense that, while it may not have led to an accident in your case, is one of the top causes of accidentsnationwide. Speeding drivers are more likely to be involved in a crash where they’re considered at fault, which means their insurance companies foot the bill for damages. So, insurance companies charge more to compensate for the elevated risk of paying claims. 

Too many points against your license, whether for speeding or other violations, can lead your insurance company to label you a “high-risk driver” who will pay substantially more for insurance. Some insurance companies might even suspend your policy if you have too many violations on your record. If you’re worried about your own policy, be sure to contact your agent.

Whether you were found guilty of speeding at just a few miles per hour over the posted limit or charged with excessive speeding, both situations affect the amount you pay for insurance. People who are convicted of excessive speeding receive several points on their license, which their insurance companies will find out about. The more severe the speeding, the riskier the behavior. The riskier the behavior, the greater a liability the driver is to their insurer. Drivers who persistently speed — and those who speed excessively —  face more challenges finding affordable coverage than those who don’t. 

Not All Companies Will Penalize You

Every company takes a different approach when responding to speeding violations. Depending on your policy, you might not receive a penalty for your first speeding offense or any violation for speeding at less than 15 miles per hour over the limit. Yet, the number of points the state may issue against your license can also affect your rate. The percentage at which your payment might increase depends on the details of the traffic offense you were found guilty of, the state in which you received the ticket, and your age.

Maryland Speed Laws

The state of Maryland recognizes the dangers of speeding and as such has two specific laws intended to curb this risky behavior. The state’s Basic Speed Law requires motorists to drive at a speed that is “reasonable and prudent” for the conditions. This law requires drivers to move at safe speeds at all times. So, while the speed limit on a particular road might be 55 mph, if the road is slick and icy at the time, going 55 miles per hour might be a violation of the state’s Basic Speed Law.

Maryland is also one of several states that abides by the Absolute Speed Law. That means if you were driving faster than the posted speed limit, you violated the law regardless of how many miles per hour over you traveled. 

Avoiding Points Prevents Insurance Hikes

Insurance companies typically check your driving record when it’s time to renew your policy. How can you avoid paying so much in fines and insurance hikes for a simple mistake? Working with a speeding defense lawyer who serves Baltimore and surrounding areas can help you avoid points on your license, which will prevent theMaryland MVA from reporting your speeding ticket to your insurance company. 

Attorney Hillel Traub, founder of The Law Office of Hillel Traub, has more than 20 years of experience defending those accused of severe traffic violations, including excessive speeding. As a former Assistant Attorney General for the MVA, he has unique knowledge about the inner workings of that agency, which can benefit your case. Find out how he can help you avoid points by calling (410) 580-1100 for a free consultation or complete our contact form

Baltimore Brings Back Speed Cameras

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Getting a traffic ticket in the mail without ever having been stopped by a police officer is an unpleasant way of finding out you committed a traffic violation. Unfortunately, Baltimore’s residents were subjected to an unfair traffic camera system a few years ago. That system was discontinued in 2013 due to erroneous tickets being issued. This year, a new network of speed and red light cameras launched in February and continues to expand.

What’s so great about this new camera system?

Baltimore’s old camera network contained 83 speed cameras and 81 red light cameras that generated millions of dollars for the city each year; however, these cameras frequently issued bad tickets. In one case, a stalled car was flagged for speeding. A year later, the Maryland General Assembly passed a law imposing new restrictions on jurisdictions that operate speed cameras, including the implementation of a ban on paying contractors for each ticket issued.

The problems with the old system were ultimately pinned on contractors. The new camera network is more tightly regulated. When a driver is flagged, a dedicated team with the Maryland Department of Transportation reviews each violation before issuing citations by mail. The city expects the new technology and the support of the DOT will lead to a more accurate camera network.

Where are the new speed cameras?

Portable speed cameras have been placed near several schools; the locations were selected based on accident data, a history of violations, and community requests. The cameras are active between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, throughout the year.

Will I get a ticket if I speed near a speed camera?

Drivers who travel at 12 or more miles per hour over the speed limit will be flagged. Any speed violation that occurs within a camera’s first 30 days of operation will result in a warning. Afterward, each violation will result in a $40 fine.

Unlike other citations, tickets from speed cameras will not result in points against your license and your insurance company will not be notified. Payments may be made by mail or online. Failing to respond to the traffic ticket, however, may result in additional penalties.

Fight Your Speeding Ticket

No matter how much effort goes into creating infallible traffic cameras, there’s always the possibility that a camera and/or a member of the Maryland DOT wrongfully cited you for speeding. These camera networks are just as much a safety measure as they are a money making scheme for the city of Baltimore. Fight back against your ticket with the help of a traffic lawyer who fights charges in Baltimore and surrounding areas.

Attorney Hillel Traub of The Law Office of Hillel Traub has extensive experience fighting excessive speeding charges and helping drivers maintain clean driving records. As a former Assistant Attorney General for the Maryland MVA, he understands the inner workings of the organizations that want to penalize you for speeding. Find out how he can help you by calling (410) 580-1100 or completing our contact form.

Insuring a Vehicle with a Suspended License in Maryland

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When you’ve had your driver’s license suspended, there may be several reasons why you’d want to buy a new car. This situation is not unheard of; you might have a family member available to drive you around while your license is suspended or need to buy a vehicle for your employees to use. Unfortunately, while it is possible to purchase, title, insure, and register a vehicle without a valid license, one of the biggest hurdles to making this happen is insuring the new vehicle properly. In Maryland, insuring a vehicle without a valid license is often a challenging process because insurance providers tend to deny policies to people who cannot prove they can drive legally.

It’s standard procedure for insurance companies to verify driver’s licenses before issuing insurance policies. Driving without auto insurance is against the law, as is driving on a suspended license. When shopping for auto insurance for your new vehicle, be sure to choose a relative or spouse to be the primary driver. This person must have a valid Maryland driver’s license.

Can I Get Auto Insurance With a Suspended License?

It might take a lot of shopping around, but ultimately you should be able to acquire the necessary auto insurance for your car if you have a suspended driver’s license. First, select a primary driver. Be sure to choose someone you trust with your vehicle. Disclose the details of your situation to the insurance agent; lying or providing misleading information can set you up for future claim denials. Be honest with the representative and ask for suggestions if he or she cannot personally set you up with insurance.

Setting Up Your Insurance Policy for Success

Living with the Primary Driver

You can be named as the insured on a policy and be excluded as a driver simultaneously. If the primary driver lives with you, you as the unlicensed driver will need to be excluded from the policy. If the primary driver is your spouse, he or she should be able to obtain insurance on the vehicle. Check with insurance providers who offer high-risk policies to obtain insurance.

Living Separately from the Primary Driver

If you don’t live with the primary driver, he or she might have their own insurance policy for their privately-owned car. It might be possible for that person to add your vehicle to their insurance policy. If this doesn’t work, find an insurance carrier that allows a named insured party to purchase a policy for a vehicle he or she doesn’t own. This will allow the primary driver to insure your vehicle.

Adding the Primary Driver to the Vehicle Title

Ultimately, it may be best to add the primary driver you choose to your vehicle’s title. You must still be excluded as a driver, but having the primary driver listed as a co-owner of the car will alleviate several problems around getting the proper insurance coverage. Be sure to think carefully about who you will add to the title to avoid potential personal conflicts.

Take Action to End or Reduce Your License Suspension

When you take swift action to work with a committed suspended license lawyer like Hillel Traub of The Law Office of Hillel Traub, he can take measures to attempt to ease your license suspension or have the suspension dropped. Hillel Traub will dig into all the facts surrounding your case and apply his keen negotiation skills to move the State of Maryland to reconsider your suspension. He can also take measures to get points off your license which can ward off future license suspensions.

Don’t hesitate to contact the former Assistant Attorney General of the Maryland MVA for help with your suspension. Our firm has received dozens of raving reviews from Marylanders in situations like yours. Call (410) 589-2794 or complete our online contact form for a free consultation.

Can I Purchase a Car with a Suspended License?

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A suspended driver’s license typically presents roadblocks in daily life. From making it more challenging to get to and from places you need to go to restricting your personal freedom, many adverse effects usually follow the state’s decision to suspend a person’s driving privileges. Therefore, it sounds logical that in order to buy a new car, you’d need to have a valid license to prove to the seller you can legally drive your new vehicle. Oddly enough, while having a valid driver’s license would make the sale go more smoothly (and allow you to test drive the car and drive it home), you don’t need a valid license to purchase a vehicle in Maryland.

Why Would I Buy a Car without a Valid Driver’s License?

There are a few scenarios in which a person with a suspended license might want to purchase a vehicle. You might consider buying a car while your license is suspended when:

  • You have a loved one, friend, or employee available to drive you around until your license suspension ends.
  • You are disabled and want to have a car for your caregiver to drive, but want to retain ownership of the vehicle.
  • You own a business that requires a vehicle that licensed employees can drive.
  • You would like to buy the car as a gift for someone who is licensed to drive.
  • You have an underage child who has a license but is not old enough yet to finance the vehicle.
  • You wish to purchase a collectible car which you have no intention of driving.

You might hit a snag when you attempt to close the sale without a valid license, but a conversation with the seller or sales manager of the dealership should make it clear that, while you will be purchasing the car, you will not be driving it yourself. As long as you have the funds or access to financing, the seller should work with you. 

Is it Legal to Buy a Car while My License is Suspended?

If you have thought about buying a car but the state suspended your license, all hope is not lost. There is no law preventing you from having a valid driver’s license to buy a car; however, you won’t be able to execute a test drive or drive it home yourself unless you’ve obtained a temporary license to drive to and from work. On the whole, it may be more difficult to get a title or insure a new vehicle with a suspended license.

Get Behind the Wheel with the Help of a Suspended License Lawyer

Baltimore suspended license lawyer Hillel Traub of The Law Office of Hillel Traub has served Baltimore and the surrounding areas for more than 20 years, helping residents regain their driving privileges and personal freedom. As a former Maryland Assistant Attorney General for the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), he fully understands the process behind license suspensions in the state and can fight aggressively against your suspension.

There are many reasons your license may be suspended in Maryland, many of which have nothing to do with your ability as a driver. For that reason, contact attorney Hillel Traub as soon as the MVA notifies you of your license suspension. His insider knowledge of the MVA’s inner workings will help him achieve his goal of overturning or reducing the period of your suspension.

Call (410) 580-1100 or complete our contact form for a free consultation.

How an Out-of-State Violation Follows You Home

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You might not think much about getting a traffic ticket in another state; however, Maryland is one of 45 states participating in the Driver License Compact, an agreement in which member states exchange information regarding licensing drivers, including information and procedures for reporting traffic offenses, convictions, and license suspensions. For example, if you are a Virginia driver who has received a citation for breaking a traffic law in Maryland, the state of Maryland will report the violation to your home state.

When you receive a traffic ticket in Maryland, ignoring it won’t make it go away and paying the fine is an admission of guilt. An attorney who dedicates his legal practice to resolving traffic charges in Baltimore and surrounding areas can take a number of measures to challenge your traffic ticket and help you minimize the amount of traveling you might have to do between states.

The Driver License Compact

The Driver License Compact, or DLC, operates under the mantra of “One Driver, One License, One Record.” The DLC aims to simplify licensing procedures between states. DLC member states agree to share licensing information with other member states, including information regarding traffic offenses by, convictions of, and administrative actions against out-of-state drivers.

States have just fifteen (15) days after being notified by the court of a conviction to report the traffic convictions of out-of-state drivers to the drivers’ home states. If the state in which you were charged for a traffic offense recommends the suspension of your license, your home state will likely impose a license suspension.

Because of Maryland’s participation in the DLC, you may face penalties in your home state for a traffic offense you allegedly committed in Maryland, which is why it may be necessary to employ the services of a Baltimore traffic attorney to resolve your out-of-state violation.

The Reporting of Your Out-of-State Traffic Ticket

In the state of Maryland, the Motor Vehicle Administration receives notifications about out-of-state traffic offenses and alerts the licensing authorities of other states about visitors’ violations. The report your home state may receive about your particular violation includes:

  • A description of the violation
  • The statute violated
  • The court handling the violation
  • The plea you entered

A Maryland traffic attorney who serves Baltimore and nearby locations will work to get your charges dismissed or reduced. The goal is for your ticket to have as little impact on your out-of-state license and driving record as possible.

How Does My Out-of-State Violation Affect My License?

Drivers from out-of-state who receive tickets in member states like Maryland may or may not incur points against their licenses for payable or minor traffic offenses. It depends on the laws of the particular home state. An attorney who fights traffic tickets in Maryland will make it his primary duty to mitigate the effects of your traffic ticket on your legal ability to drive in your home state.

Get Help After an Out-of-State Traffic Violation

Once the Maryland Vehicle Administration receives notice of your traffic violation, they will notify your home state’s driver license authority. Additionally, your car insurance company will likely discover the violation, which may affect your insurance rates. You can take measures to avoid the worst penalties by working with The Law Office of Hillel Traub, a Baltimore-based law firm resolving traffic issues throughout Baltimore and surrounding communities.

For a free consultation about your traffic violation in Baltimore or a nearby location, contact attorney Hillel Traub. With over 20 years of experience fighting traffic charges and a background as a former Assistant Attorney General for the Maryland MVA, he is exceedingly qualified to take your case. Call (410) 580-1100 or complete our contact form.

5 Tips for Hiring the Right Baltimore Traffic Attorney

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After receiving a traffic ticket, it can be appealing to pay off the fine — especially if it is your first ticket or an inexpensive violation. However, you should know that doing so is an admission of guilt and that, the more you admit guilt by paying off the fines, the more points you accumulate against your Maryland driver’s license.

Whether you received a citation for speeding, reckless driving, or even running a stop sign, you should consider working with a traffic ticket lawyer in Baltimore and surrounding areas.

How can an attorney resolve my traffic ticket?

There are many actions an attorney can take to help you preserve a clean driving record and help you avoid a criminal record for any serious violations. Below are just some of the most important steps your Baltimore traffic attorney can complete to protect your interests:

  • Negotiating for a lesser charge and/or lower fine
  • Helping you avoid a license suspension
  • Representing you in court
  • Helping you avoid higher insurance rates
  • Keeping points off your record

Ultimately, your lawyer’s goal should be to have your traffic charge and all associated fines and other penalties dropped. He or she should work tirelessly to help you avoid adding points against your license or, if you have enough points already, a license suspension because of those points.

Researching Local Baltimore Traffic Lawyers

You have just thirty (30) days to respond to a payable traffic offense in Maryland. Use the time wisely by starting a search for a quality traffic attorney right away.

Ask for Recommendations

When starting your search, reach out to family and friends who may have experienced a similar situation for recommendations. If you can get a few good names from them, be sure to verify the attorneys’ credentials and check that they are licensed to practice in Maryland.

Check Online Mentions

After checking out the attorneys’ websites and backgrounds, be sure to read online testimonials and reviews on Google, Facebook, Avvo, and other sources to see what others are saying about working with them.

Stick to Experienced Traffic Attorneys

Although technically any attorney can represent you in court, you’ll want to make sure the attorney you consider has specific experience resolving traffic violations and offenses in Maryland. Your attorney should have several years of experience and multiple examples of cases like yours he or she has resolved successfully.

Find an Affordable Attorney

When you need legal counsel, you should not prioritize saving money. A low-cost lawyer may produce a poor outcome that will cost you more to resolve long-term. On the other hand, you don’t always get more value from expensive lawyers with large firms and several associates working for them. You will want to find a middle ground with a personable attorney who will handle your case himself.

Hire a Local Attorney in Baltimore and Surrounding Areas

Finally, the attorney you hire should work in the same area in which your case will be prosecuted. Your attorney should have established relationships with the prosecutors and judges in your city. A lawyer from the next town over might not be familiar with the parties on the other side, which can weaken your case.

Questions to Ask your Baltimore Traffic Lawyer

Finally, don’t hire an attorney without knowing their answers to the following questions:

  • How many traffic cases like mine have you tried successfully?
  • What would you consider a successful outcome in my case?
  • Will you appear in court with me or on my behalf, or will you send another attorney from your firm to represent me?
  • How many years of experience do you have resolving cases like mine?
  • How will you charge me? Can you provide an estimate of what this will cost?

An attorney who is knowledgeable, personable, and responsive to your questions and concerns can be a valuable asset to your traffic case.

The Baltimore Traffic Attorney You can Trust

Attorney Hillel Traub of The Law Office of Hillel Traub has been helping the people of Baltimore and nearby areas resolve a myriad of traffic issues for over 20 years. Mr. Traub has worked as a former Assistant Attorney General for the Maryland MVA and personally attends to each client and case. Call (410) 580-1100 or complete our contact form for a free consultation.

Why You Shouldn’t Pay that Traffic Ticket!

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After receiving a traffic ticket, some people might assume they must pay the fine to avoid legal trouble. This isn’t necessarily true. If you have received a traffic ticket in Baltimore or a nearby location, you have three options for responding to it, of which only one is paying off the fine.

If you’re unsure about which option you should choose, consider seeking legal advice from a qualified traffic attorney.

3 Ways to Respond to a Maryland Traffic Ticket

A person who receives a citation for a “payable traffic offense” has just thirty (30) days to respond to the citation by doing one of the following:

  • Paying the fine and pleading “guilty”
  • Requesting a waiver hearing to plead “guilty with an explanation.” This option allows the defendant to request a reduction or elimination of the fine associated with the citation. This option requires a court appearance.
  • Requesting a trial to plead “not guilty.” This option requires a court appearance.

Option 3 is the choice any lawyer will advise you take because it is the only way to avoid admitting guilt. Through a competent legal defense, it may be possible to avoid the charge and a host of other consequences that may accompany a guilty plea.

5 Reasons to Avoid Paying the Traffic Fine

For almost every traffic citation you can possibly receive, it makes sense to go with Option 3. Requesting a trial to plead not guilty provides many short-and long-term benefits.

  • When you pay the fine, you admit guilt. You void your right to a fair trial and allow the state to charge you with a traffic violation without defending yourself.
  • You accumulate points against your Maryland driver’s license when you admit guilt by paying the ticket.
  • The more tickets you get and pay off, the more points you accumulate against your license. These points can add up, inching you closer to a license suspension which will cost even more to resolve down the road.
  • The more tickets you get and pay, the more you will pay in insurance costs as your insurance agency will see points being added to your license. When you admit guilt to a traffic offense, you show that you are a riskier driver and basically say to the insurance company “Charge me more!”
  • Lastly, you should avoid paying a traffic ticket simply because there are ways to resolve the ticket without paying a fine. By hiring an experienced traffic lawyer in Baltimore and surrounding areas, you could avoid fees and other penalties.

Perhaps the most important reason to avoid paying a ticket is to avoid the accumulation of points on your driver’s license. An attorney can help you avoid these points, which can help you avoid the fees and headaches that follow a license suspension. If you want to save money and maintain a clean driving record, work with an attorney to request a trial for your traffic citation. Remember, you have just 30 days to act.

Traub Law Fights for the Best Possible Outcome in Your Maryland Traffic Case

Baltimore traffic lawyer Hillel Traub of The Law Office of Hillel Traub dedicates his career to helping individuals fight back against traffic charges issued in the state of Maryland. Having worked as a former Assistant Attorney General for the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, he has the insider knowledge and legal expertise you need to obtain the best result.

Call (410) 580-1100 for a free consultation or complete our contact form to get started on a proper defense.

5 Ways Speeding Can Set You Back

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The average American worker spends nearly half an hour on his way to work every morning, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That means that, if you have a full-time job and work five days per week, you might spend more than four hours in traffic in just one week. The amount of time we spend in traffic can make many of us want to speed to cut down on this time; however, speeding tends to result in negative consequences.

In many cases, drivers who were caught speeding ended up with more than just a traffic ticket. Many accidents take place because speeding drivers interrupted the flow of traffic. High-speed collisions often result in serious injuries, which may affect the speeding driver and others involved in the crash. When you’re tempted to speed in the Baltimore metro area, think twice.

Potential Results of Speeding in Baltimore

While you’re racing to get ahead, you may not realize how speeding puts yourself and others in harm’s way. Some of the effects of speeding can outweigh what little time you gain.

Gas Guzzler

Speeding forces you to waste more gas when you drive, especially when you’re trying to get around rush hour traffic. Changing your speed rapidly uses more gasoline than maintaining a steady pace. Getting around some drivers to get stuck behind others forces you to be rough with your engine and brakes, which may also lead to costly repairs down the road.

Increased Insurance Rates

Car insurance companies base rates on a variety of factors, one of them being how well you drive. Since insurance companies aim to maximize profits, rates are lower for those who are less likely to file claims. If you accumulate traffic tickets, you become a greater liability to the insurance company, and they will increase your rates. You might even see a higher bill after one traffic ticket. The more severe the traffic offense, the greater the increase may be.

Auto Repairs

If you do get into an accident while speeding, the chances are likely that your vehicle will need costly repairs. The collision will also lead to a citation if police determine you were at fault. Your insurance company may also increase your rates after you file a claim with them to repair your vehicle.

Becoming Involved in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

One of the worst consequences of speeding takes place when a speeding driver causes an accident. The consequences of speeding are amplified when the accident produces victims. A high-speed collision may result in serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and lacerations. While you are trying to heal, anyone you hurt may also fight your insurance company to cover the costs of their own damages.

Traffic Tickets

Even if your speeding doesn’t result in an accident, it may draw the attention of a traffic officer. Speeding can result in a citation that can require you to pay a pricey fine and add points to your driver’s license. Accumulating too many points can ultimately lead to the suspension of your license. You can choose to contest a traffic ticket by working with an experienced traffic attorney in Baltimore and surrounding areas to help you reduce the fine or have your traffic charge dropped.

Working with an Excessive Speeding Lawyer

Excessive speeding is a serious traffic violation that can lead to a steep fine and points against your license. When you work with an attorney like Hillel Traub, you gain valuable legal representation that can help you negotiate the penalties against you. An attorney who handles excessive speeding cases can take measures to reduce the impact of your citation.

The Law Office of Hillel Traub is a dedicated practice that resolves traffic offenses in Baltimore and surrounding areas. Attorney Hillel Traub is a former Attorney General for the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration who understands how they issue citations and fines. He applies this experience when providing personal attention to his clients’ cases and fights for the reduction or dismissal of charges and fines.

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