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Defending Your Maryland Driver's License

After receiving a ticket for a serious driving offense, you are likely to be worried about losing your privilege to drive. Suspension or revocation of your driver’s license is not only a significant hardship to you and your family, but it is also expensive.

Marc Emden focuses on keeping his clients' on the road by helping them preserve their privileges to drive. He defends people against traffic violation charges during both the criminal (court based) and the MVA aspects of their case.  Marc Emden represents clients throughout Maryland, including Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, and Howard County, Frederick County, and others, as well as in the District of Columbia. To speak to him about your traffic violation, contact our firm to schedule an initial consultation.

Marc Emden will defend you against both minor and serious traffic violation charges. He handles charges involving:

  • Driving without a license
  • Driving while suspended
  • Driving while revoked
  • Negligent and reckless driving
  • Leaving the scene of an accident(hit and run)
  • Driving while uninsured
  • DUI/DWI
  • Speeding and other tickets
  • Vehicular homicide

Penalties for a traffic violation can range from a small fine to significant jail time. The more convictions you receive, the greater the likelihood and time period for which your license could be revoked or suspended.  The potential period of suspension is often (but not always) one year. Millions of people receive traffic citations each year, but few of them realize the potentially devastating consequences a conviction may have upon their lives. While simply pleading guilty to a traffic citation, paying a fine, and attending traffic school may seem to be the only solution, consider the following implications:

  • Moving violation convictions can raise your insurance rates.
  • Subsequent traffic violation convictions can result in suspension or revocation of your license.  Maryland law provides that if you are drive on a suspended license, you lose your license for a full year and be fined $1,000.00.
  • After an accident where you received a citation, if you are sued by the other driver, your admission of guilt in court may be used in the lawsuit to show that you were negligent.
  • If you drive a truck other commercial vehicle for a living, and possess a commercial driver’s license (CDL), you could lose your license and the ability to earn a living.
  • You will probably need to take at least a full day off from work to go to court for the ticket. (There are methods to authorize your attorney to appear in court without you)

As a result of convictions for moving violations, even just speeding tickets, you will likely have to pay fines, court administrative fees, and face increased insurance rates. Further, by accumulating convictions for moving violations, you could suffer a suspended license, or even a revocation.  You may not know that if your Maryland license is suspended, you cannot obtain a license in another State until the Maryland suspension has been removed by the Motor Vehicle Administration.

As a local attorney and native of Maryland, Marc Emden knows the requirements of Maryland courts and the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), and has an established reputation for excellence throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia.  Call Marc Emden to obtain the benefit of his experience in your traffic violation case.  If you are worried about losing your driving privileges, contact us.  Set up a consultation with Marc Emden, a lawyer who defends people throughout Maryland, including clients in Rockville, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Wheaton, Gaithersburg and Potomac and surrounding counties.

MARC EMDEN IS AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK FOR YOUR CALL.

Contact us or call the office at (301) 762-7007 for a consultation.

Commonly Asked Questions

Q. I received a traffic citation. Should I fight it?
A. Yes. You do not want a conviction on your driving record.  It may cause your insurance rates to increase. The accumulation of points may cause you to lose your license. The Maryland MVA places demerit points on your license for most moving violation convictions. These demerit points become part of your permanent driving record. Further, you are only allowed to accrue 12 points in any 24 month period. If you receive 12 or more points in any 24 month period, your driving privileges may be suspended or revoked for up to one year.

Q. Can a lawyer get my charges reduced?
A. Yes. Marc Emden’s goal is to ensure that your citation does not result in a conviction.  Often Marc Emden, in providing your defense, is able to convince the court to award you a “probation before judgment”, which is not a conviction.

Q. I received a ticket, but didn’t appear for the court date. What kind of trouble am I in now?
A. Depending upon what kind of ticket you received, a judge may have issued a warrant for your arrest, suspended your license, or both. You need to contact us immediately to avoid getting arrested. Some warrants can be quashed the same day we are retained.

Q: I received a ticket and live out of State. No big deal, right?
A. Actually, failure to deal with the ticket may cause the court to issue a warrant your arrest - this will be reported nationwide. Further, each State can access other State’s driver’s information. Whether your State will find out about your Maryland ticket depends upon a variety of factors. If you receive a conviction in Maryland, your home State still may be able to penalize you.

Q. If I am convicted in court of the charge of driving while suspended what could happen to me at the MVA concerning my right to drive ?
A.  Convictions for driving while suspended could result in as much as 12 points on your driving record and the suspension of your driving privileges for up to one year.

MARC EMDEN IS AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK FOR YOUR CALL.

Contact us or call the office at (301) 762-7007 for a consultation
Please note that these answers should not be construed as legal advice in all situations. You should speak with an attorney before making any decisions about your legal matter.  These answers are intended only to provide general information.

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