NEGLIGENT DRIVING LAWYERS IN BALTIMORE
Driving carelessly might not seem like a serious traffic violation but in Maryland, a person may receive a citation for operating a vehicle in a way that endangers himself and/or the people around him. Negligent driving can lead to points against your driver’s license and fines. If you’ve been cited for negligent driving, it will negatively impact your driving record unless you speak with an experienced Baltimore negligent driving attorney to fight your ticket.
At The Law Office of Hillel Traub, we represent individuals who are looking at civil and criminal penalties for an array of traffic offenses. Our goal is to help you reduce or eliminate the charges against you, reduce or eliminate fines, and keep points off your driver’s license to protect your driving privilege.
Defining Negligent Driving
In Maryland, negligent and reckless driving are different traffic offenses for which a driver may face penalties; yet, they are both found in the same section of the Maryland Transportation Code. Section 21-901.1 of the code defines reckless and negligent driving as related but distinct unlawful acts.
Under § 21-901.1(b), a person is guilty of negligent driving if he drives a motor vehicle in a “careless or imprudent manner” that endangers any property or the life or person of any individual. Negligent driving in Baltimore is not a jailable offense; however, it may create additional obstacles if you have a less-than-perfect driving record.
Why Was I Cited for Negligent Driving?
Per the legal state definition of negligent driving, it becomes apparent that the offense itself is vague in nature. A traffic officer in Baltimore may pull a driver over for if he or she suspects that the driver has violated a traffic law. Ultimately, the officer can cite the driver for negligent driving in multiple circumstances.
Officers commonly cite drivers for negligent driving in the following scenarios:
- In addition to a DUI charge
- If the officer responded to an accident and believed the driver caused it
- If the driver was on a handheld device while driving
- If the officer did not like the driver’s behavior or attitude during a traffic stop
Working with a Baltimore traffic lawyer who understands the consequences of negligent and careless driving is invaluable to preserving your legal ability to drive. Negligent driving lawyer Hillel Traub served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Motor Vehicle Administration and has spent the last 20 years helping Baltimore residents obtain favorable results for a variety of traffic violations. Allow him to help you fight for your license. Call 410-580-1100 for a free consultation.