Security Specialist Cleared of Driving While Suspended

Driver Charged with Driving While Suspended

A 45-year old security specialist was charged with driving while license is suspended. The client, who had a high level security clearance, received a speeding ticket and failed to pay the ticket or appear in court on the scheduled trial date. He was later stopped and arrested for Driving While Suspended, after a Howard County police officer ran a routine check of his car’s registration plate.

What are the Penalties for Driving While Suspended in Maryland?

Most violations of Maryland’s traffic laws for driving while license suspended carry penalties of a fine up to $1,000.00 and imprisonment up to 1 year, or both. However, if the reason that the license was suspended was the driver’s failure to pay a citation or court fine, the penalties can be a fine up to $500.00 and imprisonment up to 2 months, or both.

Driver’s License Suspended for Failure to Pay Citation or Appear in Court

In many cases, drivers receive traffic citations and forget to pay them promptly, or appear in court when the ticket is scheduled for trial. When this happens, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration mails a notice of suspension, notifying the driver that his driver’s license will be suspended if the ticket isn’t paid within  15 days.

Sometimes drivers don’t receive the suspension notice from the MVA and they don’t know their license is suspended. Later, they are stopped for an unrelated reason, the police officer runs their name through the MVA computer, and they are arrested and charged with driving while suspended when the MVA record shows a suspended driver’s license. However, a driver cannot be convicted if the driver did not know that the driver’s license was suspended.

Driving While License Suspended Charges Dismissed

In this case, the security specialist had a history of misdeliveries by the post office and he didn’t know that his license was suspended. The client possessed a high level security clearance, and any conviction would have had a devastating impact on his employment. The client retained Jonathan Scott Smith, of the Smith Criminal Defense Firm, to defend against the charges. The case was heard in the District Court for Howard County. All charges were dismissed, and the client was relieved to know that this obstacle to his career was removed.

Top Rated Howard County, Columbia, and Ellicott City Traffic Ticket Lawyer

Mr. Smith is a top rated attorney and former prosecutor with more than 30 years ofextensive trial experience. Attorney Smith has handled thousands of criminal cases in the local courts, including cases involving driving while suspended and driving while license is suspended. With a solid and longstanding reputation for personal service and thorough preparation, we get many of our new cases as referrals from existing or former clients, or from other attorneys. Mr. Smith fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful results in driving while suspended and driving while license is suspended cases, and other criminal cases— has earned him the recognition of his peers, with an AV® Preeminent™* Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process, and a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating. These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition. Attorney Smith is considered to be one of the best criminal lawyers in Howard County.

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Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith represents clients in criminal defense matters, DUI / DWI, MVA Hearings, traffic offensesdomestic violence and child abuse charges throughout Maryland, including the cities of Columbia, Clarksville, Sykesville, Fulton, Elkridge, Frederick, Mt. Airy, Ellicott City, Laurel, Westminster, and Baltimore. Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.


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