Parkville, MD asked in Traffic Tickets for Maryland

Q: If I got a camera ticket in a company car, do I have to pay it. My name is not on the ticket.

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Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Rockville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: Great question! So, a camera ticket is mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. Because obviously, the State has no idea who was driving, and the law presumes that it was the registered owner. But! It is a rebuttable presumption! The registered owner can contest the citation by identifying the driver of the vehicle. If they do that, the driver will be cited instead. Plus, most employees are “at will” employees, meaning they can be fired for any reason at all. So, your employer may be less than forgiving if you speed, cause them to be cited for the crime, and then skip out on paying it. Do you think you will remain employed or be promoted or given a good recommendation if you don’t pay your ticket? It’s up to you. How much do you value your job or being able to list it as prior job experience on your future job applications? Because prospective employers will call your past employers for their recommendation of you as an employee. If you are willing to commit the crime, pay the fine.

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