Certain traffic violations can result in a criminal conviction and jail time, not to mention the impact on your driver's license, your auto insurance and perhaps your employment. Do not make the mistake of waiting too long or failing to take your traffic ticket seriously.
If you were cited or arrested after being pulled over in Southern Maryland, The Palumbo Law Group is ready to help. Our criminal defense attorneys have obtained favorable outcomes for clients facing serious traffic offenses in Prince George's County, Charles County and surrounding jurisdictions.
MITIGATING THE CONSEQUENCES OF TRAFFIC CRIMES
Minor traffic violations give you the option of paying a fine, but major traffic offenses are considered misdemeanor crimes (or sometimes felonies) that require you to appear in district court. These offenses are punishable by up to a year in jail, loss of driving privileges or multiple points against your license, significant fines and other penalties.
Contact our law firm if you are accused of:
- Reckless driving or aggressive driving
- Leaving the scene of an accident (hit-and-run)
- Eluding police in a motor vehicle
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Driving after suspension
- Driving without a license
- Driving without insurance
- Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle
- Failing to stop for a school bus
- Racing or excessive speeding
- Traffic violations resulting in injury or death
Our early involvement may spare your freedom and your license, or minimize the punishment and collateral consequences. We know the judges and prosecutors and many of the law enforcement officers. Our 40-year presence in the community and our familiarity with the local justice system provide a distinct advantage.
In a waiver hearing, our lawyers can petition the court to dismiss the citation or reduce it to a lesser offense. If it is necessary to fight the charges at trial, we will obtain the police report, summon any witnesses, prepare you to testify and challenge the arresting officer's account. In the event that you are found guilty, we will pursue alternative dispositions, such as probation before judgment (PBJ), to avoid jail and preserve your license.
The consequences are too severe to simply plead guilty or represent yourself in court. Our attorneys know how to protect your rights and challenge serious traffic offenses.