Traffic defense practice is a subcategory of criminal defense practice. Traffic laws are essentially criminal laws that relate to the ownership and operation of motor vehicles. Traffic laws range from minor violations that carry fines but no points, to more serious violations, such as speeding, that carry fines and points, to very serious offense, such as Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving While Impaired (DWI), that carry fines, points, and possible jail time.
The traffic defense practitioner must have a the same basic skills as a criminal defense lawyer plus a working knowledge of the jurisdiction’s motor vehicle laws. The traffic defense lawyer should also have a good familiarity with police procedures relating to traffic enforcement. A working knowledge of Maryland’s MVA points system is essential to traffic defense practice. For a simple guide to MVA points see Baum Law Offices’ Maryland Driving Points and MVA Points FAQ.
How serious is the traffic offense for which you have been charged? How many points does a speeding ticket carry in Maryland? Do I have to appear in court for my traffic ticket? When should I hire a lawyer to represent me in traffic court? Help with answering these and more questions can be found at Baum Law Offices, LLC – Traffic Defense Blog Posts.
Matthew Baum is a defense lawyer with offices in Baltimore, Catonsville, and Columbia. As a part of his defense practice, he has represented hundreds of people charged with violating traffic laws. He is familiar with police techniques involved in making arrests for serious traffic offenses like DUI and DWI, as well as the technical aspects of radar and speed enforcement. If you have been charged with a traffic violation and you have not yet talked to a lawyer about your options, you are invited to call Matthew Baum at (410) 929-3435 or contact him via this site’s contact page for a free consultation.