What Should You Do If You Receive a Reckless Driving Traffic Violation?

In the state of Maryland, reckless driving is a crime. Yes, if you accidentally speed on a 3-lane road that you thought was a highway, you can be charged with a misdemeanor. This can lead to employment complications as well as monetary penalties. If you are charged with this violation, what can you do to beat the charge or reduce your punishment?

Reckless Driving Penalties

Along with a misdemeanor charge, reckless driving in Maryland can be accompanied by a fine of up to $1,000. Six points will also be added to the driver’s record. Acquiring two more points within two years would lead to a license suspension.

Beating the Charge

Every reckless driving case is different, so it is worth examining yours closely to see if there are any arguments that can challenge the accusations. Here are some defenses that have worked in the past:

  • Police jurisdiction – In this defense, you can argue that the officer was operating outside of their locality. Alternatively, you can argue that the event took place on private property.
  • Speed limit – Did the prosecutor prove the speed limit of the area? Did they prove the speed you were traveling through the area? If neither were proven, you may be able to claim that there is insufficient evidence.
  • Radar Calibration – Convinced you did not exceed the speed limit? In this case, questioning the accuracy or calibration of the device used to gauge your speed may be the best course of action.

Reducing the Punishment

If you are unable to avoid the charge entirely, you still may be able to reduce the punishment. If your charge took place due to a fluke lapse in concentration, you may be able to avoid a criminal charge. Alternatively, the judge may lower your penalty beneath the initial minimum of $510.

We Can Help You Avoid a Reckless Driving Violation 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 reckless driving, 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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