Driver's License Suspension in MD
Updated: Mar 4, 2019
If you have been pulled over for driving with suspended license in Maryland you may be nervous about what to expect in court. In this post we’ll share valuable information to help you understand your traffic case.
Driving While License Suspended Penalties
There are several reasons why your license may be suspended including unpaid tickets, child support obligations, back taxes owed, point accumulation, DUI, failure to comply, and others. There are two different types of license suspensions under two different statutes. A license suspension under Transportation Article 16-303(C) carries a possible jail sentence. The maximum penalty for a violation of this law faces a jail sentence of up to one year and a possible maximum penalty of $1,000. A license suspension under Transportation Article 16-303(H) does not carry a jail sentence and is only punishable by a fine of up to $500. If you have been pulled over by a police officer for driving with a suspended license you likely have multiple tickets with multiple charges, and some charges may appear to have some overlap. It is important to consult with an attorney before your court date to avoid harsh penalties.
Aside from a possible jail sentence and/or fine, a conviction to a driving while suspended charge can result in points on your driving record. Point accumulation can lead to a suspension or revocation of your license and can cause an increase in insurance rates. Once points have been assessed you will be stuck with the points on your driving record for a period of two years. There are several ways an attorney can help guide you through the process and negotiate a favorable result on your behalf. Contact an attorney before going to court.