Ellicott City is one of the most sought-after places to live in the Baltimore area. Its proximity to major metropolitan hubs and excellent school system attracts families from all over the country. With a low crime rate, police officers in Ellicott City might spend more time issuing traffic citations than tracking down dangerous criminals. If you live in the area, it’s possible you may have received a ticket for a traffic violation that exaggerated your mistake. Whether you have just gotten your first or fifth traffic ticket, contact a traffic lawyer in Ellicott City and nearby areas to reduce the impact it may have on your driving record. Traffic lawyer Hillel Traub has successfully defended Ellicott City drivers in the Howard County courts for many years.
The State of Maryland employs a point system in which convictions for traffic infractions carry points that work against your driver’s license. Accumulating too many points in a two-year period can cause the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to suspend your driver’s license. Driving on a suspended license is a severe offense which you may avoid when you enlist an attorney to fight your traffic ticket as soon as possible after receiving the citation.
The number of points a particular offense is worth depends on the type of offense. Serious traffic infractions carry more points than minor infractions. Any offense for which you must show up in court and cannot pay off with a fine is considered serious or “non-payable.” On the other hand, minor traffic infractions can usually be resolved by paying a fine. Keep in mind, however, that when you pay a traffic ticket, you admit guilt to the offense, which adds points against your license.
Driving behavior that puts drivers and those around them at considerable risk of harm are punished harshly. Citations for the most dangerous traffic infractions require a court appearance. Convictions may lead to steep fines, and even incarceration is possible. If you have a citation for any of the following infractions, it is in your best interest to contact an Ellicott City traffic lawyer as soon as possible.
It’s critical to understand that all of the above violations are also criminal charges. The impact of a criminal traffic charge can expand beyond your legal driving ability. The sooner your attorney can work on your case, the more he can do to obtain a favorable result.
For the most part, a driver issued a citation for a minor traffic infraction may resolve the citation by paying a fine. Payable violations are the least severe infractions in the Transportation Code of Maryland. Some of the most common payable offenses are:
You have just thirty (30) days in Maryland to respond to a traffic ticket. Before writing a check, contact a local attorney who can help you eliminate or reduce the charges against you. It may be possible to avoid points on your license and preserve a clean driving record with professional legal help.
Attorney Hillel Traub of The Law Office of Hillel Traub has served Ellicott City and surrounding areas of Howard County for over 20 years, defending people against accusations of traffic infractions and helping them keep their licenses. As a former Assistant Attorney General for the Maryland MVA, Hillel Traub can put his insider knowledge and resources to work to benefit your case. Call (410) 580-1100 for a free consultation or complete our contact form.