Dedicated Annapolis Traffic Violation Attorney Handling Your Case

Defending clients in Howard and Anne Arundel counties against unfair traffic charges

Few things are worse than seeing red and blue lights in your rearview mirror. After the initial queasiness subsides, you might start adding up the cost of the citation you will likely receive – or figuring out what excuse to give to the cop. Even if you are confident you didn’t do anything wrong, a traffic stop is stressful. In Maryland, a traffic violation can result in extensive fines, costly increases in insurance rates, and even the loss of your driver’s license. If you are a commercially licensed driver, you may also be in danger of losing your job.

My name is Gill Andrew Cochran, and I vigorously defend my clients against traffic citations. When you turn to Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law, you can trust that you will be represented by an experienced Annapolis criminal defense attorney with the skill to fight for your rights. I work to have the citations dismissed before trial or to obtain an acquittal. Often, it’s possible to negotiate a reduction of the charges to a less serious and less costly offense.

What are some common traffic violation charges in Maryland?

As a knowledgeable Annapolis traffic violations attorney, I defend clients in cases involving:

  • Driving without insurance
  • Speeding tickets
  • Running a red light
  • Failure to yield
  • Stop sign violations
  • Reckless driving
  • Racing
  • Eluding
  • Driving without a driver’s license
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Driving on a revoked license
  • Driving without insurance
  • Hit-and-run
  • Illegal passing
  • Improper merging
  • Failure to render assistance after an accident

Local law enforcement officers may also charge you with reckless driving and violation of newer laws, like prohibitions against texting while driving. If you drive while drunk, you can be charged with a DUI/DWI. If you cause a death, you may even be tried for homicide.

Can I face charges for using my phone while driving?

Maryland has enacted new laws to help prevent accidents that occur due to driver distraction. According to ZeroDeathsMD, the Maryland Department of Transportation enacted the following cellphone laws:

  • Talking on a cell phone. Drivers cannot use a handheld phone while driving. Hands-free phones are permissible. The main concern is that if a driver takes his/her hands off the wheel, there’s a much greater danger of an accident. There are exceptions for police officers, emergency personnel, and emergency calls for help. Fines increase for each violation. Drivers under 18 who use a cellphone can lose their driver’s license privileges for 90 days.
  • Texting while driving. It’s illegal to read, write, or send texts while driving. There are general exceptions for 911 calls and GPS use. Texting while driving is a misdemeanor. There are fines, a point on your record, and, for drivers aged 17 or younger, a driver’s license suspension for 90 days.

What are the consequences of Maryland traffic violations?

Most traffic violation convictions will result in the following fines and penalties:

  • Substantial fines and court costs. These fines can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars, in some cases.
  • Points on your driving record. If you start accumulating points on your license because of traffic violations, you could find yourself without a license altogether. Your license will be suspended if you hit between eight and 11 points, and it will be revoked if you accumulate 12 or more. However, you can have a hearing at the MVA with your attorney to represent you.
  • Increased insurance rates. Insurance companies will increase your premiums after a number of traffic violations – often for several years. The amount of the premium increase rises as you accumulate more points.
  • Possible loss of driving privileges. Most people in Maryland need their car for work and for personal use. If you’re driving privileges are suspended, you will need to spend a fortune on public transportation or private transportation.

Some traffic violations may also result in time in jail – especially if someone is injured.

I will fight to ensure that your traffic offense doesn’t cause you or your loved ones any undue or unexpected financial burden in the future.

How can a Maryland attorney help me with traffic violations?

To ensure the protection of your rights, it is important to speak with a seasoned lawyer before making any statements to law enforcement. Failure to bring your traffic violation to the attention of an attorney in a timely fashion can result in serious damage to the potential success of your case.

The defenses to a traffic violation vary depending on the offense. However, some of the possible defenses I may assert on your behalf include:

  • Machine inaccuracies. It’s possible to challenge the validity of any machines, such as radar devices and lasers, that were used as the basis for the ticket. These devices typically need to be calibrated on a regular basis.
  • Cross-examination. I’ll question what the police saw, what the officer didn’t see, and the credibility of the officer who ticketed you.
  • The violation was legally justified. For example, you were speeding because a bee flew into your car or you had a medical or health emergency.
  • The violation was factually excusable. For example, the traffic signals were obstructed by trees and bushes.
  • The violation was necessary to avoid harm. For example, I may argue you needed to speed to avoid being struck in the rear by another driver.

An experienced Annapolis criminal defense attorney will speak with law enforcement on your behalf to gather information and determine the potential consequences you are facing. There’s often a delicate balance between trying to negotiate a dismissal or a reduction of the charges and cross-examining a police officer about what happened. This balance requires the skills of an experienced Annapolis traffic violations lawyer.

Annapolis Criminal Defense Lawyers

Put an approachable Annapolis defense lawyer to work on your traffic citation case

As an experienced Annapolis criminal defense lawyer, I have a proven track record of achieving successful outcomes in traffic ticket cases. This includes getting cases dismissed from my clients’ records. My fees are affordable, and I pick up the phone when you call, because you deserve a quality legal defense. If you received a traffic citation, call Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law today at 410.777.8103 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation at one of my offices in Annapolis or Ellicott City.

And remember: Keep Calm – and Call Drew.