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Unfortunately, that charge is probably valid, base on the wording of the statute, which is more specific than most.
You can see the statute at http://law.justia.com/codes/maryland/2005/gtr/16-303.html
It specifically says "(c) A person may not drive a motor vehicle on any highway or on any property specified in § 21-101.1 of this article while the person's license or privilege to drive is suspended in this State."
And you clearly were violating that statute assuming, of course, that your license is actually suspended in MD.
You could hire lawyer to fight this on Constitutional grounds or challenge the evidence in the case because they rarely will bring actual, admissible proof that the license is suspended.
But it will likely be a full blown trial and that will be considerably more expensive than paying the ticket.
So I actually have to wait until the court date to find out the price of the ticket. The officer said its a must appear offense. Would it be wiser to get private attorney or is this something the public defender can handle
No, get a private attorney if you can afford one.
The PD is just going to try and get a quick plea for you on this one if you can even get the judge to appoint a PD.
Yeah, I have problems with PD's in the past. So how much do you think something this costs
$1500 at a guess.
thanks for your help
Md treats this as a misdemeanor, so it is more serious than a ticket.
The penalty for driving on a suspended license in Maryland is either a maximum $500.00 or $1,000.00 fine and 60 days, 1 year, or 2 years incarcerated or both.
I think the lower amounts apply to your case since it is a first offense.
now since i live in florida, if they did give my the 60days or so, would it be made into probabtion or put on a stet? docket
Usually it would be probation.
how does that work when you reside in another state
They would just let you report by phone normally.
oh ok, thxs
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