Most of us don't take traffic cases seriously. If you are charged with speeding, or not stopping at a sign, why would you?

Pay the fine, and move on.

If you are concerned about your insurance, plead not guilty, go to court, the plead guilty with an explanation. Some offenses, although falling under the heading "traffic" are different. In this section, they are labeled "serious".

A more appropriate designation is "incarcerable traffic offenses". This means, if convicted, you could be sentenced to time in jail or prison and subject to substantial fines.

Serious Traffic Offenses - Eric T. Kirk, Attorney - Baltimore_car_accidentConvictions also have collateral consequences- points on your license or an increase in insurance rates. Too many points will lead to a suspension or revocation of your driving privileges. Also, new drivers who are in the Graduated License System are subject to additional penalties under different laws that are specifically applicable to them.

Common Serious Traffic Offenses

  • Driving with a suspended license  
  • Driving without a license
  • Driving without insurance
  • DUI manslaughter
  • DUI serious bodily injury
  • Fleeing and eluding
  • Leaving the scene of an accident (hit and run)
  • Altered or forged documents or plates

If you are issued a citation for a serious traffic offense, it is imperative to speak to an experienced attorney as soon as possible.

As an experienced criminal defense lawyer, I will assess the strength of the State's case and its ability to prove the case at trial. I will also advise you on extrajudicial steps you can take that may lessen any penalty, and, if possible, give you an informed opinion on how a particular judge typically views similar cases. If you're facing a serious traffic charge, especially if it’s not your first offense, contact me today to schedule a complimentary analysis of the charge, and informed discussion of your case

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