Should I hire a lawyer for a traffic ticket in Annapolis?
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.
There are two parts to your case. The first part is contesting the traffic violation. The second part is requesting an MVA hearing to contest the assessment of points and/or the suspension or revocation of your license.
Defending the traffic violation charges
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.
The MVA hearing
You need to request an MVA hearing in a timely manner. The MVA hearing is an administrative hearing, not a criminal hearing. At the MVA hearing, I will work to show that:
- Some of the points on your record should be removed or expunged
- That the assessment of points is incorrect
- That you are entitled to drive on a restricted driver’s license
- Other defenses apply
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 attorney.