Legal Question in Traffic Law in Maryland

Okay I am a 18 year old Male Maryland resident.

My first ticket (Early 2012) I plead guilty to speeding 15 over and later had to attend a drivers improvement class.

My second ticket (Late 2012) I plead guilty 16 over and my license was suspended for 30 days.

Today I got a ticket for going 70 in a 50.

I believe if I am convicted I will lose my license for 180 days.

That cant happen. Im starting my life and entering the work force and need to get on my feet.

Mom and dad are out of the picture and I don't have anyone for advice.

I have a couple of questions and any advice is greatly appreciated.

Do I need lawyer?

Am I eligible for probation before judgement even though I have a provisional license and it is my 3rd offense?

If the judge drops the points will I still lose my license?

Thank You

Asked on 9/19/13, 11:35 pm

2 Answers from Attorneys

William Welch William L. Welch, III Attorney

An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you evaluate the prosecution's case, any defenses that you might have, and any plea offer that might be made, so that you can decide whether to go to trial. Consider seeking a confidential consultation.

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Answered on 9/20/13, 3:55 am

Jason Cleckner Law Office of Jason Cleckner, LLC

Eligible for a PBJ? Sure, but doesn't mean a judge will give it to you. Even if they do, it doesn't matter, you'll still get a provisional violation. The absolute best thing you can do is request a trial (NOT a waiver hearing or anything else), see if you can get it dismissed (no cop, etc.), and if that doesn't work, then you're going to get a suspension notice from MVA.

When you get it, IMMEDIATELY request an MVA hearing (you may be required to pay a $150 fee). If you get two notices (one for points if you have 8 or more, and one for provisional violation), request a hearing for BOTH! And yes, you should definitely consider getting an attorney for the MVA hearing. Someone like me can help a lot in that situation.

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Answered on 9/23/13, 11:14 am

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