The Costliest Traffic Violations in Maryland
Compared with some of life’s more challenging obstacles, traffic tickets might not seem all that important at first. Unfortunately, accumulating and even paying tickets can lead to points against your license that smear your reputation as a safe driver and can ultimately lead to the suspension or revocation of your Maryland driver’s license.
As points on your license add up, you inch closer to a license suspension. All it takes is eight (8) points in a two-year period to make that happen. Twelve (12) points in a two-year period leads to a license revocation, which is the complete and permanent cancelation of your driver’s license. There are many types of violations for which you may receive a citation — and thus, points — if you’re found guilty of the offense.
Not all traffic violations are created equally. There are some offenses worth zero points while others can add 12 points to your license! Understanding which offenses carry the most weight can help you make better decisions when the time comes to fight the charges against you with the help of a Baltimore traffic attorney.
Why Driver’s License Points Matter
Points against your license can cost you in the form of jeopardizing your driving privileges and increasing your car insurance payments. The more serious the violation, the more points you can expect the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) will add to your license. While insurance companies are only concerned with infractions that increase the risk of an accident, which cost them in the form of paying claims, the State of Maryland assigns points to discourage dangerous behavior behind the wheel.
Getting a Letter from the MVA
If you’re surprised to receive mail from the MVA, don’t hesitate to contact a traffic defense lawyer to help you settle the matter without collecting points. There are dozens of traffic violations for which you may incur points. It takes just three (3) points to receive a Warning Letter from the MVA alerting you that you’re on their radar. The MVA may contact you for five (5) points requesting that you enroll in a mandatory Driver Improvement Program (DIP). At 8 or more points your license is at serious risk of being suspended or revoked, and you’re urged to contact a lawyer.
Which offenses carry the most points?
Fines typically accompany traffic tickets; however, the amount of the fine varies from place to place. Some of the costliest violations in terms of how many points you can accrue are:
- 12-Point Violations
- Any felony involving the use of a vehicle
- Fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer
- Failing to stop and render aid after an accident resulted in bodily injury or death
- Driving on a suspended or revoked license
- Homicide or assault committed with a vehicle License fraud
- Failing or refusing to surrender a canceled, revoked, or suspended license
- 8-Point Violations
- Turning off car lights to avoid identification
- Failing to stop after an accident results in damage to an attended or unattended vehicle or property
- 5 -Point Violations
- Failure to report a motor vehicle accident that the law requires to be reported
- Driving a motor vehicle on the highway without a license
- Knowingly allowing an unlicensed driver to drive your car
- Driving an uninsured vehicle
- Speeding at 40 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit
- Driving at 85 mph in a 65 mph zone
- Drag racing
Fight Your Costly Traffic Tickets Today
No matter what traffic offense you face, attorney Hillel Traub is on your side. As the founder of The Law Office of Hillel Traub, he has more than 20 years of experience defending traffic cases in Baltimore and surrounding areas. Having served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the Maryland MVA, he has unique knowledge about the organization’s inner workings that may benefit your case.
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