Driving without a license in Maryland
Although it may seem like a petty charge, driving without a license in Maryland is a jailable offense. You must appear in Court on your driving without a license charge. Failure to do so could result in the issuance of a bench warrant. If you were charged by a Police Officer with a driving without a license charge, it's imperative that you speak with an attorney ahead of Court. Because the charge is jailable, you will be prosecuted by a professional prosecutor. This is not a payable offense in Maryland, you cannot pre-pay a fine and skip Court.
What's the penalty?
Driving. or attempting to drive without a license in Maryland carries a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail, a potential $500 fine, and 5 points on your license. Points on your license can trigger a suspension, requirement that you partake in a driver improvement program, and a hike in your insurance premiums.
How do I keep the points off my license?
Judges across Maryland often try to help driver's get valid and stay valid by offering what is called a "Probation before Judgement". This disposition strikes the guilty verdict and keeps the points off your license. A qualified driving without a license lawyer in Maryland can help you receive a PBJ on your case if you are convicted.
How can I avoid jail?
Generally, Judges in Maryland do not issue jail sentences on driving without a license charges absent aggravating factors. Some of these include:
- PRIOR DRIVING WITHOUT A LICENSE CONVICTIONS
- Accident cases
- A high number of previous traffic citations in your record
What if I have an out-of-state license?
Out of State drivers may drive freely in the State of Maryland, so long as their home state license is valid. If you've recently moved to Maryland, you have sixty (60) days to get a Maryland License.
My license was valid!
Often licenses are suspended, or revoked without proper notice to a Defendant. This is a valid Defense to many license issue related traffic citations that can be brought out in Court. Driving without a license charges are often brought in combination with driving suspended charges. An experienced Maryland traffic citation attorney will be able to analyze your license and create a proper trial strategy for your case.
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