Outlining Reckless Driving and Negligent Driving Consequences in Maryland

There are a few closely related driving offenses in the state of Maryland. If you have been charged with either reckless or negligent driving, you’ll want to learn the key differences between them as you prepare to defend yourself. Consequences can vary depending on the specific case, so be sure to maximize your chances of reducing your own by having an experienced attorney representing you!

Reckless Driving Consequences

Reckless driving is a misdemeanor crime in the state of Maryland that comes with an initial fine of at least $510, with further fines for late payment. This fine is subject to change in court depending on the severity of the case, however. You can expect the fine to remain as is, decrease or increase to a maximum of $1000. The charge also adds a maximum of six penalty points to the offender’s driving record. If all six penalty points are administered, the driver (assuming they started with 0 points) will only be two points away from a license suspension until the points are removed two years later.

Negligent Driving

While sill a misdemeanor crime, negligent driving is the lesser of the two charges. That is because reckless driving involves an active and willful disregard for the safety of others. Negligent driving, however, can be attributed to accidental carelessness that endangers other people or property. As you can imagine, this line isn’t always clear, meaning an experienced attorney can really be the difference between being stuck with the more severe reckless driving conviction, and proving the incident occurred strictly due to a brief lapse in judgement.

The initial fee for negligent driving is only $140, but that is subject to decrease or increase up to $500 depending on the specific case. Additionally, three points will be added to the offender’s driving record.

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