Ok, you were stopped, arrested and charged, what now? One of the first things I tell my clients after an arrest is “take a deep breath.” It’s a scary and frightening thing to be taken into custody and actually charged with a crime. If you were arrested in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County or Harford, you should know that each one of these jurisdictions treats traffic crimes and DUI / DWI offense a little differently.
Traffic crimes like DWIs have evolved over the years as to how the Maryland Legislature dictates punishment and procedure. Alcohol and traffic tickets have become a front runner in Maryland political spotlight. The potential punishment after a conviction for an alcohol offense is enormous. Groups such as M.A.D.D. are now working with our judicial system to make sure DUI/DWI offenders are paying the ultimate price.
It is extremely important that your DUI defense lawyer understands thoroughly how this system works. Each Court will treat every case differently. It is also important that you contact the lawyers at James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates as soon as possible to protect both your criminal record and driving record.
DUI charges result in an automatic driver’s license suspension in Maryland. Multiple DUI convictions can result in revocation, which means that you will have to go through a motor vehicle hearing before you can get your license back.
Traffic tickets can result in points against your driver’s license, which can result in driver’s license suspension if you accumulate too many.
Types of Traffic Crimes Prosecuted in Maryland
The following links offer more information about the most common DUI and traffic charges prosecuted in the State of Maryland, including:
- DUI defense: Because of the complexity and penalties of drunk driving laws, it’s not simply a matter of, “I was caught, what happens now?” It’s important to work with an experienced and diligent Baltimore DUI lawyer to minimize the consequences on your life.
- Traffic tickets: Tickets for violations such as speeding and reckless driving are more than an inconvenience. Paying a ticket will result in a conviction and points on your driver’s license. If you ignore the ticket, your driver’s license can be suspended when it comes time to renew it.
- Driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license: It’s difficult to get by without driving in today’s society. As a result, many people who lose their driver’s license due to a DUI arrest or multiple traffic tickets choose to drive anyway. It’s an especially difficult situation for those with commercial driver’s licenses (CDL), like long-haul truckers. In Maryland, that can lead to criminal charges and an even longer suspension. We also represent clients on related charges for driving in violation of a restriction.
Finding an Attorney for Traffic Crimes in Baltimore, Maryland
For the past 20 years, the lawyers at James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates have represented many people facing legal trouble in the State of Maryland. After a criminal charge, seek out our experienced attorneys so that we can work towards a positive resolution of your case.
Our criminal defense lawyers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your convenience. We represent the Baltimore, Arbutus, Catonsville, and Annapolis, Maryland areas.
Call 443-709-9999 today, your first consultation is free.