In today's busy world a driving privilege can readily be taken for granted by all of us. We are so busy with our daily lives that traffic incidents with police can be very annoying and cumbersome. But the Maryland courts take point accumulations very seriously, as well as any type of moving violations. Serious consequences can occur as a result of any moving violation conviction. Steps can and should be taken by anyone who receives a citation prior to court to protect their record and license.
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Driving uninsured or suspended, for example, potentially carries with it serious criminal ramifications and potential jail time. There are pre-trial items that could and should be completed prior to trial to protect your driving record.
The following is a breakdown of some types of traffic infractions and points assessed in Maryland:
- Simple moving violation: 1 point
- Following too closely: 2 points
- Failing to stop for a school vehicle: 3 points
- Speeding in excess of 30 mph: 5 points
- Not having required insurance: 5 points
- Reckless driving: 6 points
- Driving while impaired: 8 points
- Driving after revocation: 12 points
- Failing to stop after accident involving injury or death: 12 points
There are many other ways in which you can be cited points on your driver's license, and the points vary depending on the nature of the case. DWI, for example, can be more than 8 points, if the case involves an accident.
When it comes to 12-point violations, the thread that weaves through most of them is a "criminal element." If a "crime" is associated with the traffic infraction, the theory is that a much harsher penalty should apply. Conversely, the 5-point violations are generally not criminal in nature.
It's very easy to get caught in the trap of thinking that these violations are no big deal, but, in fact, the violations listed above impact more Marylanders than any other laws set down by state lawmakers. They impact us all in one way or another.
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