Traffic Tickets Can be Costly—Hire the Help You Need
If you find yourself getting a ticket, whether it is a speeding ticket or a ticket for some other moving violation, you need an attorney on your side to protect your interests. In Maryland, most traffic convictions will be considered current on your record for two years following the date of your conviction, and if you accumulate several tickets during that length of time, you could have your license suspended or revoked, putting employment and essential mobility in jeopardy.
Why Should I Contest a Ticket?
While you may think a minor speeding ticket will have little impact beyond the hit to your wallet, if you don’t contest your ticket, points will be assessed against you. Collect enough points and you could be at risk of having your driver’s license suspended for up to six months or more. That’s why it’s important to contest a ticket, which can be dropped for a variety of reasons that your attorney can discuss with you during your initial consultation.
Let’s Talk Points
There are points levels for most traffic tickets, and the points assessed for your ticket can determine whether or not you keep your license.
Points and how they can affect you include:
- 12 points. The most serious traffic offenses will result in 12 points on your driver’s license as well as other charges. These include failing to stop after an accident that results in the injury or death of another; driving with a suspended license; using a fake driver’s license; driving a commercial vehicle without CDLs; committing assault by motor vehicle; driving under the influence; committing a felony involving the use of a vehicle; attempting to elude police; and text messaging or other use of a cell phone, resulting in an accident that results in serious injury or death.
- 8 points. Traffic offensives that are assessed eight points include failing to stop at an accident resulting in property damage.
- 6 points. If you’re caught reckless driving, expect to receive six points.
- 5 points. Violations that result in five-point assessments include speeding by 30 miles per hour over a speed limit or more; failing to report an accident; driving without insurance; and aggressive driving.
- 3 points. More serious traffic offenses are assessed 3 points. They include failing to stop for a school bus and any traffic offense that results in an accident.
- 2 points. Minor traffic violations are assessed 2 points. They include following too closely; speeding above the speed limit by 10 miles per hour or more; passing a police officer or motor vehicle; and failing to stop for a red light.
Note: Receiving eight to 11 points could result in the suspension of a driver’s license, while 12 or more points could lead to revocation.
Are You in Search of a Traffic Ticket Attorney?
Traffic tickets can often be negotiated, especially if losing one’s license could result in the loss of employment.
Contact the law office of Rowena Nelson, LLC. She and her team of skilled attorneys have experience handling even the toughest traffic tickets and can be reached via email at [email protected] or by calling (301)-358-3271 for a consultation.
Located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Rowena N. Nelson’s offices serve the entire state of Maryland.