What is a Failure to Comply Suspension in Maryland?

In Maryland, a failure to comply suspension refers to a legal penalty imposed on drivers who do not adhere to specific requirements set by the courts or state agencies. This can arise from various scenarios, such as not promptly requesting a trial, not paying traffic fines, or neglecting to follow through with court-ordered mandates. Understanding what constitutes a failure to comply suspension, its implications, and how best to resolve it is vital for anyone hoping to avoid losing their driving privileges.

The Law Office of Hillel Traub is well-equipped to assist those facing a failure to comply suspension in Maryland, as we have extensive experience in navigating Maryland’s legal system. Attorney Hillel Traub offers invaluable assistance to drivers, whether negotiating with courts to lift the suspension, clearing unpaid fines, or providing representation in legal proceedings.

When Does a Failure to Comply Suspension Occur?

This type of suspension occurs when you do not respond to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) or Maryland Courts within 30 days of receiving a traffic ticket. In Maryland, when issued a payable traffic ticket, you have 30 days to choose one of three responses:

  • Pay the traffic ticket: Payment may result in points being added to your Maryland MVA record.
  • Request a waiver hearing: This option is generally not recommended.
  • Request a trial: This is usually the recommended course of action.

If you opt to pay the ticket, it means you are saying you are “guilty,” and the case is considered closed, but you may incur points for the violation. Remember, by paying the ticket, you are admitting guilt and are not required to appear in court.

Resolving a Failure to Comply Suspension

If your driving record indicates a failure to comply suspension, your driving privileges in Maryland will be suspended. It is crucial to resolve this suspension promptly to avoid being stopped and potentially charged or arrested for driving with a suspended license.

How a Lawyer Can Help a Failure to Comply Suspension

When faced with a failure to comply suspension, a lawyer at The Law Office of Hillel Traub can provide essential guidance in navigating these issues that may be complex. The following are ways a lawyer can assist you:

  • Understanding the suspension: Your lawyer will help by clarifying the reasons behind the suspension, which may involve unpaid fines, failure to appear in court, unresolved traffic violations, or other compliance issues. We will thoroughly review the case to understand the specific circumstances and legal implications.
  • Guidance on legal procedures: We provide guidance on the necessary steps to take, whether it involves submitting paperwork, scheduling a court appearance, or fulfilling specific requirements imposed by the court or a state agency to help avoid paying fines or inadvertent admissions of guilt.
  • Representation in court: If the situation requires a court appearance, your lawyer will represent you, advocating on your behalf, seeking to reduce or dismiss any penalties, negotiating alternative solutions, or requesting a conditional license allowing you to drive under specific circumstances.
  • Negotiating with authorities: As a skilled negotiator who can communicate effectively with courts and prosecutors,  we can arrange payment plans for fines, set up court dates, or negotiate the terms of compliance to reinstate your driver’s license.
  • Preventing future issues: Beyond resolving the current suspension, your lawyer can advise you on avoiding future legal problems, including understanding your legal obligations as a driver and implementing strategies to maintain good standing with the state’s driving regulations.
  • Expediting the process: We can often expedite the time-consuming process of lifting a suspension. Our familiarity with the legal system, experience as a former lawyer for the MVA, and relationships with court personnel can lead to quicker resolutions.

Throughout the process, attorney Hillel Traub will ensure your rights are protected, which may be particularly critical in situations where there may be errors or misunderstandings that lead to suspension.

Contact the License Suspension Lawyer at The Law Office of Hillel Traub

If you are facing licensing suspension in Maryland, speak with Attorney Hillel Traub at The Law Office of Hillel Traub as soon as possible. As a former lawyer for the MVA with over 30 years of experience, he has focused knowledge on how best to navigate your case and Maryland’s legal system, increasing your chances of retaining your driving privileges.

For a complimentary consultation, call our office at (410) 580-1100 or fill out our contact form today.