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Q: My traffic court date was cancelled due to coronavirus. Does this mean I am going to have a later date sent?
Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Jan 10, 2021

Yes. They will reschedule the date once the Court moves into the next phase.

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Q: I violated Transportation Article Section 16-113 (f) of MD Vehicle Law and got a 1 year suspension, is this ethical ?

I was in an accident with my learners permit by myself on 2/02/20 and my court date was originally in March but was pushed back more than five times before I got one on 9/30/20 and the judge reduced the fines and the penalties but I found out on 11/23/20 that my suspension would begin on 12/08... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Dec 13, 2020

Yes, request a hearing, otherwise you will be suspended 12 months. The Administrative Law Judge may reduce the suspension period, or you may be able to defend the suspension and avoid it entirely. It isn’t a matter of ethics. You drove on a learners permit without supervision and caused an... Read more »

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Q: Must a driver "signal his intentions" to change travel lanes on any road in Maryland? Please quote code or statute.

Is a driver required to properly signal (using hand or electrical signals) a lane change on a multilane roadway in MD? The MD transportation code seems to be vague on this point.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Nov 27, 2020

I imagine you were cited under MD Traffic Code 21-604, and if so, you have a reasonably good argument in defense that it does not apply. It’s a bit ambiguous and the ambiguity has to do with the word “turn” but because there is a separate paragraph that permits, but does not require, use of a... Read more »

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Q: Looking to obtain any advice on how to handle a largely complicated traffic matter that has accumulated over 20 years.

I've never held a MD driver's license. However, my license has been "suspended" since 2000. As a result I have $1300 in fines and 8 points. But have never had a license....

I was cited for driving on suspended 01/17/2020. Scheduled for hearing 12/28/2020 due to covid... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Nov 19, 2020

Points only stay active on your driving record for two years from the date of the violation. The MVA sends a notice of suspension or revocation based on point accumulation within any two-year period of 8, 12 or more points, or conviction of certain serious traffic offenses (like DUI). Unless you... Read more »

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Q: Are Denton md courts giving jail time for driving without a license and speeding during this epidemic?

This is the 3rd offense on 2 years

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Nov 12, 2020

Any judge in any county might do so, if that seems to be the only way you’ll get the message and stop driving without a license. The prior two convictions and sentences didn’t send the message. A judge will have to seriously consider that you will not get the message this time either. It’s... Read more »

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Q: Are there points involved with these violations ? Ta.13.401.h Ta.13.411.d Ta.13.401.b1
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Oct 8, 2020

No. No points. Not moving violations.

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Q: TA-21-201(a1) Contributed to Accident Defendable?

Was assessed a $130 fine for TA-21-201 Contributed to Accident where I turned left out of an apparent right turn only (only signage was pavement, no left turn prohibited sign). Cop said he had me on video, presumably dash cam.

Main issue other than the hefty fine is that the ticket is... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Oct 5, 2020

Of course it’s defensible. Request a trial, not a waiver hearing. Hire a lawyer if you really want to raise all possible defenses, otherwise you will at least get rid of the accident enhancement.

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Q: TA-21-1132(e5) I cannot find this Article/section/charge anywhere.

I got a traffic ticket and I was trying to look up the article and read about the ticket I got. I was also trying to find out how many points it would be, if any. Thanks in advance for the help. -Brady

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Sep 29, 2020

Here’s the link:

https://govt.westlaw.com/mdc/Document/N744BF69095EB11EA996DBC9F5592B2F7?viewType=FullText&originationContext=documenttoc&transitionType=CategoryPageItem&contextData=(sc.Default)

It only applies to certain moving violations in a designated “special...
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Q: Do I need to be present in court if I request a trial for a speeding ticket?

Got a $290 ticket for doing 63 in a 30. If I request a hearing, do I need to show in court or can I just send a lawyer?

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Sep 17, 2020

No, you don't need a lawyer. However, a lawyer can be very helpful in terms of explaining the law, preparing your defense and presenting your best front to a judge.

Hope that helps!

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Q: Had court date but pandemic came. Wasn’t given a court date and license for suspended

I got scheduled a court date for 39:3-40 back in March for my insurance I believe. Pandemic came and they scheduled it again for June but courts weren’t open. Just paid that ticket from the courts and it was $153 plus $33 court fees. Before me paying that ticket, I got pulled over again for my... Read more »

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Sep 6, 2020

Hi there,

That sounds frustrating. I doubt you will lose your license. In all likelihood, you will show up at the mandated hearing, explain what happened to the prosecutor and if you can show proof that everything is in good order (ie. license is back in good standing, registration is good,...
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Q: Will I get a point on my license for this?
Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Sep 6, 2020

Hi there,

I would be happy to answer this, but I can't seem to find any information as to the nature of the ticket. Can you provide some more information?

Best,

-Leonard

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Q: my son just got his 2nd speeding ticket in 60days...12mph over and 23mph over...will he lose his license tks terry
Lee Eidelberg
Lee Eidelberg answered on Aug 22, 2020

Each of the violations carries a 2-point assessment upon conviction. The loss of your son's license would be dependent on whether he has any existing points or if he is a provisional license holder. Accumulating eight points will result in a suspension. a provisional license holder would also... Read more »

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Q: What's the violation cost in Maryland for parking a vehicle without a registered tag in the driveway of private property
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jul 31, 2020

These types of fines are not state law fines, but local county or municipal code infractions. It depends on where you live. Most such local code ordinances prohibit inoperable and unregistered vehicles from remaining on private property more than 30 days because of concerns over property... Read more »

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Q: I have 1 point for using cell phone Today I got a speeding ticket. 80 mph 65 moh zone. Need advise
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jul 30, 2020

It’s a 2 point offense. Request a trial date (NOT a waiver hearing). If the officer doesn’t show, you’ll be found not guilty. Otherwise you can ask for a “probation before judgment “ (PBJ) which means no points and no conviction; or the judge can simply reduce the speed to a 1 point... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Car Accidents and Civil Litigation for Maryland on
Q: Can I sue a driver hitting my parked car and run off but was caught and went back to the scene?

The driver hit my parked car and ran off but was caught by our neighbor when he chased him and convinced him to go back to the scene which he did. The police arrived and found out that the driver apparently has a suspended license. Insurance company said that that most likely will happened is for... Read more »

Lee Eidelberg
Lee Eidelberg answered on Jul 5, 2020

depending on the age of your vehicle and the extent of the property damage, you may have a civil claim against the opposing individual for diminution of your vehicles value. however, you have not provided sufficient information to comment on whether it is worthwhile to pursue such a claim.

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Q: If I request a trial should I get a public defender?
Lee Eidelberg
Lee Eidelberg answered on Jun 18, 2020

Public defenders are typically unavailable to represent individuals in "payable"traffic court. There are some exceptions where the offense is one calling for incarceration. Your post is not provide sufficient detail to enable a more specific response.

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Q: I got a ticket for going 62 in a 40 for $160. Are there any points?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jun 18, 2020

2 points. Request a trial, not a waiver hearing. A judge can grant a probation before judgment which means no conviction and no points, or drop it to a one point ticket. If the officer doesn’t show, not guilty.

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Q: Can a cancelled court date by the state for a speeding ticket be reinstated a month later by the state?

I am from PA. I got a ticket for 80 in a 55 in MD. I requested a court date to plead my special circumstances( My fiancee is type 1 diabetic and was having a sugar low and getting really sick. We were trying to get somewhere for help). I got a court date. After several continuances by me for health... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jun 12, 2020

The District Court schedules all trial dates based on officer and court availability. Courts were closed by emergency order of the Court of Appeals for several months during the COVID-19 pandemic, and all trials canceled and rescheduled to dates after the court is reopened. Phase 1 of the... Read more »

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Q: Received a citation ta21-801.1 doing 88 in a 55mph zone because of being tailgated.

The officer stated i was traveling at 88mph but he wasn't doing radar but just driving down the highway same as me the reason for me speeding up was due to being tailgated i requested a trial but my question is should i obtain an attorney or represent myself?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on May 20, 2020

This is a 5 point offense, so you are at a level where hiring a lawyer can be worth your while. It only takes 8 points within a 2 year period to get suspended, so you cannot afford a 5 point conviction. Your insurance rates will go through the roof, assuming you are not dropped with a history of... Read more »

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Q: Maryland Montgomery county does a no left turn Sign also mean no I turn? If so why no post a no left plus no uturn sign
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on May 5, 2020

I guess they figured it was obvious that if you can't make a left turn, you can't make any left turn, including a left u-turn. A left u-turn involves turning left, which is the action deemed unsafe or undesirable at that location. Note that "no left turn" does not specify only... Read more »

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