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A quick look at Maryland’s traffic violation point system

On Behalf of | May 28, 2021 | Criminal Defense

We all make mistakes. But even the seemingly most minor missteps can have serious ramifications when dealing with the law. Traffic violations, for example, can result in your license being suspended or revoked. This action can have a ripple effect across nearly every aspect of your life. It can make it hard for you to get to work or school, pick up your children for visitation, and even seek out needed medical care. Therefore, it’s important that you understand how the point system works in Maryland and what you can do to avoid accumulation of those points.

Maryland’s point system

A lot, but not all, traffic violations result in points being put on your record. Once you accumulate between 8 and 11 points, your license will be suspended. You can be hit with points for the following violations:

  • Speeding between 10 and 19 miles per our – 2 points
  • Reckless driving – 6 points
  • Driving on a suspended license – up to 12 points

These are just a few of the infractions that may rack up points, so be sure to check if your particular violation might include points.

Avoiding points

Although accumulating points after a traffic violation might seem unavoidable, you actually might be able to sidestep them. First of all, by agreeing to pay your traffic ticket you acquiesce to the points being added. So, instead of just paying your ticket you might want to consider requesting a hearing, which is your right under Maryland law. By doing so, you might be able to make compelling arguments that protect your driving privileges. Even if you still have to a pay a fine, you might be able to avoid being hit with points.

Get the guidance and advocacy you need

Although it might not seem like it, there can actually be a lot on the line when dealing with traffic violations. By reaching out to an attorney who is experienced in handling these matters, you can rest assured that you’ll have the advocacy you need to protect your interests. So, if you’d like to learn more about how to deal with your violation, do your research and reach out to an attorney who you trust.