The 3 Most Common Maryland Criminal Traffic Charges

In the state of Maryland, there are a host of punishable driving offenses. Punishment for these offenses generally ranges from a simple infraction to felony charges. As such, you should make sure you have an experienced attorney representing you if you are at risk for any potential life changing consequences from a driving offense.

The Most Common Maryland Traffic Charges


If you are indeed punished for a traffic offense, receiving an infraction is usually the best-case scenario. Unlike the other charges, you won’t have to worry about the possibility of any jail time for an infraction. Instead, you should only expect to receive points on your driving record and a fine. Naturally, this punishment is usually given to those with minor offenses like speeding or running a stop sign.


Misdemeanor charges are a step up in severity from simple infractions. This charge is given to drivers guilty of more serious offenses like driving on a suspended license, driving under the influence or leaving the scene of an accident. With this more serious charge also comes more serious punishment. Drivers charged with a misdemeanor are subject to a maximum of 60 days in jail and a fine of up to $500. Of course, if your record is otherwise clean and you hire and experienced attorney, your chances of reducing these penalties will be much greater.


For the most serious traffic violations, felony charges usually come into play. The main difference between a misdemeanor and felony is the added jail time associated with felonies. Depending on the severity of the charge, a felony could lead to more than ten years of jail time. In Maryland, the most common examples of driving related felonies are automobile manslaughter and driving under the influence and causing serious injury/death.  As is the case with all of these charges, those charged with driving related felonies have the right to appeal the conviction in an attempt to reduce the associated punishments.

We Can Help You Avoid Severe Traffic Charges or Minimize Your Punishment

There are facts about each specific case that can significantly reduce penalties if an experienced attorney who understands this area of law presents the case. The Law Office of Elizabeth A. Lawrence offers high-quality legal representation, personal attention, and professionalism to help defend the harsh penalties of DWIs, DUIs, and other serious traffic offenses in Maryland and District of Columbia. Click here or call (410) 986-0088 to consult with an experienced attorney today.

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