Have you been caught driving on a revoked license in Maryland? The consequences could include a trip to jail, so it’s critical for you to know your rights & how a traffic defense lawyer can help.
Read on to understand the facts about driving on a suspended or revoked license charges and how they should guide the next steps you can take to protect yourself. If you know you’re ready to get help now, fill out the contact form or call 301-362-3300 to request a free consultation with an Azari Law traffic lawyer.
What Are The Consequences Of Driving With A Revoked License In MD?
The charge is considered a violation of statute TA 16-303(D). At trial, prosecutors will attempt to prove that you drove with knowledge that your license had been revoked. If you are facing a second offense criminal traffic violation after a DUI or license suspension, the prosecution will try to use your previous record as evidence of intent.
Your license can also be revoked or suspended if you fail to meet your child support obligations. This penalty can make it even more difficult for you to meet your obligations, and many people are caught driving on a revoked license for this reason. Failure to pay child support may be another tool the prosecution uses to get a conviction against you.
Driving while your license is revoked is considered a misdemeanor offense in the state of Maryland. That said, the consequences if you are convicted can be more serious and severe than driving while suspended, especially if you are considered a habitual offender.
What Fines & Penalties Could I Face If Convicted?
The maximum penalty a first offense conviction for driving on a revoked license in Maryland is 12 months in jail, a $1000 fine and 12 points on your license. Since your license is already revoked, the points applied after a conviction will make it even harder to get your license reinstated.
On a second offense, the penalties can double. This means up to two years in jail and a $2000 fine. If you are facing additional charges such as a DUI or reckless driving with your driving while suspended conviction, the penalties can be even more severe.
In Maryland, you can also be charged with driving on a suspended or revoked out of state license. It is considered a violation of TA 16-303(F), 16-303(G) & 16-303(I), with consequences that match those of driving on a suspended or revoked license in Maryland.
Should I Hire A Lawyer To Represent & Protect Me?
Yes, absolutely. It is a good idea to hire a lawyer for any charge that may result in jail time. If you show up in court without a lawyer, you are considered to have waived your legal right to representation and are at the mercy of the prosecution.
A lawyer can combat the prosecution’s claims and build a defense to protect you from a conviction. Even if you are convicted, a lawyer can help to mitigate the penalties & fines you might face while also working to get your criminal record expunged.
An experienced Maryland lawyer will be familiar with the court system, knowing the judges and the tactics local prosecutors may use. They can also work with you personally and protect you from life-altering convictions, especially if you already have a criminal conviction on your record.
Who Can I Call For Legal Help?
Azari Law can be reached at 301-362-3300 for a free legal consultation. You can also fill out the contact form on this page to describe the details of your case.
Azari Law has assisted in the defense of hundreds criminal traffic cases in the state of Maryland. Azari Law’s clients in Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, Howard County, and throughout Central Maryland have left five star reviews for the level of service they received at the firm, as have peers within the legal professions.
Whether you visit in Laurel or Rockville, know that Azari Law will take the time to:
1. Personally understand your case,
2. Help you understand the charges you face, and
3. Work with you to build an aggressive defense against the prosecution.
If you’re facing a conviction for driving on a revoked license, stop worrying and get the legal representation you need today. Call or fill out the contact form today to get local legal protection from a Maryland traffic attorney.