Traffic Violations

Knowledgeable defense to point assessment and serious criminal charges

If you're pulled over for a traffic violation, the consequences can be more serious than you think. Depending on your circumstances, a simple moving violation can wind up costing you thousands of dollars over time. If alcohol was involved, you might be looking at a suspension of your license. If you're accused of causing an accident that led to personal injury or wrongful death, you face potentially crushing civil liability and even criminal charges. Under any of these circumstances, you should immediately contact Robert A. Siegel with the Law Office of Marla Zide, LLC. I have the experience and legal knowledge you need to aggressively contest charges against you. I advocate strongly for your rights and challenge every element of the case against you.

Trustworthy Representation For A Wide Variety Of Traffic Violations In Maryland

In Maryland, a traffic violation is a civil penalty, a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the degree to which the driver's actions showed a disregard for safety and to what extent actual harm resulted. Civil penalties carry fines and penalty points, but misdemeanors and felonies have additional consequences, such as loss of license and jail time. Serious traffic violations include:

  • Driving under the influence (DUI)
  • Driving while impaired (DWI)
  • Fleeing a police officer
  • Reckless driving
  • Running a stop sign or traffic signal
  • Speeding
  • Unsafe lane change
  • Following too closely (tailgating)
  • Passing violations
  • Failure to yield

When an accident occurs, especially one involving personal injury, the stakes are raised. Many charges, such as reckless or drunk driving, can result in jail time and civil liability. Serious charges include:

  • Fleeing a police officer that results in the bodily injury or death of a person — Injury cases are misdemeanors punishable by three years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Fatal cases are felonies carrying a 10-year sentence and a $5,000 fine.
  • Hit-and-run — Leaving the scene of an accident is a very serious offense. If there was only property damage, you could get up to six months in jail, a $500 fine and eight points assessed on your license. But if someone was seriously injured, you're looking at a year in jail, a $3,000 fine and 12 penalty points. If you leave the scene of a fatal accident, the penalties could be as much as five years in jail, a $5,000 fine and 12 penalty points.
  • Criminally negligent vehicular manslaughter — A misdemeanor punishable by three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
  • Vehicular manslaughter — A misdemeanor punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
  • Negligent vehicular homicide DUI — A felony punishable by five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
  • Negligent vehicular homicide DWI — A felony punishable by three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Serious charges require experienced criminal defense representation. By aggressively challenging the evidence against you, as well as police procedures, I can often minimize the consequences of an arrest or citation.

Consequences Of Point Assessment In Maryland

When you accumulate points on your license, you trigger higher insurance premiums that can cost you thousands of dollars. Carrying points on your license puts you at risk of a suspension the next time you're ticketed. Before you write a check for a traffic violation, consult an experienced attorney. I am often able to negotiate a reduction of charges or a dismissal. When you calculate the full expenses associated with a moving violation, you can't afford not to retain a good lawyer.

Contact An Experienced Traffic Offense Attorney In Glen Burnie

Don't accept penalty points or other more serious consequences without first putting up a fight. Defense attorneys Joshua Tabor and Robert A. Siegel with the Law Office of Marla Zide, LLC, provide aggressive representation for all types of traffic violations, including misdemeanors and felonies. To schedule a consultation, call us at 410-760-9433 or contact our Glen Burnie office online.