The Penalties for Driving with a Suspended License in Maryland

The Consequences of an Arrest and Conviction

The Penalties for Driving with a Suspended License in MarylandMaybe you forgot to renew your driver’s license, or you had an unpaid ticket that caused your driving privileges to be suspended. Then you get pulled over—it’s not really a big deal, is it? Can’t you just explain what happened to the officer and go directly to the license office and reestablish your right to drive? Not necessarily—a ticket for driving on a suspended license can lead to significant penalties, including fines and even jail time.

Driving on a suspended license in Maryland is a misdemeanor. If the prosecutor can show that you knew your license had been revoked or suspended, or that you were charged with the same offense before, the repercussions will typically be more severe. Under Maryland law, if your license is suspended, the minimum penalties include a $500 fine and 60 days in jail, but the court may increase the penalties based on the reasons for the suspension. You’re more likely to get a stiff sentence if your license was suspended due to an accumulation of points on your driving recordthan if you forgot to have your mandatory emissions test conducted. There’s also the potential for 12 points to be added to your driving record, which can lead to a dramatic increase in your auto insurance premiums. The maximum penalty for driving on a suspended license is 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine (along with thepoints on your record).

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