What Constitutes a Criminal Traffic Offense?

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There is a wide range of traffic offenses in the state of Maryland, each with a variety of consequences scaled to the severity of the corresponding offense. Regardless of whether you were involved in a minor infraction or have been accused of a more serious offense, there is no question that anxiety can creep in during the aftermath of a traffic related offense. In this blog, we outline the consequences associated with each level of traffic offenses, and steps you can take to keep those consequences at a minimum.

Criminal Traffic Offenses in the State of Maryland

From least severe to most severe, infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies are the three types of traffic offenses Maryland drivers could find themselves charged with. As alluded to earlier, each charge will be met with a specific set of consequences tied to the specifics of the charge. Ultimately, all charges will be meet with either a payable offense or a must-appear offense.

Payable Offenses

In the state of Maryland, common traffic infractions include running stop signs, driving over the speed limit, or illegally turning while a traffic light is red. Naturally, these mistakes can be attributed to a one-time mistake or even a moment of negligence. As such, traffic infractions are generally met with the option to plead guilty, pay a required fine, and bypass the need to appear in court. In the event that you believe you are innocent and have committed no offense, you also have the option to plead not guilty and request a trial.

If you find yourself unsure of the best choice for your situation, consider speaking with an attorney experienced in handling traffic offenses similar to your own! After reviewing the specifics of your case, we would be happy to offer advice on the ideal route forward and serve as your ally along the way.

Must-Appear Offenses

For criminal traffic offenses, including DUI, driving with a suspended license, and hit and run, a court appearance is not optional. While working with an attorney is optional in the case of a traffic infraction, we implore you to seek legal counsel with more serious misdemeanor and felony charges. In addition to fines, you could be subject to incarceration, court appointed community service time, and a criminal charge on your record.

The Law Office of Elizabeth Anu Lawrence Can Help You Minimize Criminal Traffic Offense Consequences

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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