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DUI/Criminal Traffic Defense

Baltimore DUI & Criminal Traffic Defense Lawyer

Defending Against Major Traffic Violations in MD

Navigating the legal intricacies of traffic citations can be confusing, especially without a comprehensive understanding of state traffic regulations. While even minor traffic citations can result in serious legal repercussions for drivers, major traffic violations carry harsher consequences, including potential criminal penalties. If you were cited for a must-appear traffic offense, seeking a strong defense from a criminal traffic defense lawyer is essential to avoid life-changing consequences. 

At Riley Legal, we understand the severe consequences that come with a criminal traffic citation. That’s why our experienced attorney is dedicated to providing the aggressive and strategic defense you need to protect your right to drive freely. From reckless driving to DUI charges, our firm can represent your best interests while safeguarding your driving privileges in Baltimore. We’ve handled thousands of cases, making us well-equipped to defend your driving rights and hard-earned reputation after a serious traffic violation. 

Don't let a criminal traffic violation jeopardize your future. Call (771) 220-7271 to schedule a free consultation with our skilled traffic defense lawyer.

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Why Choose Riley Legal?

  • Aggressive Representation
    Our firm offers assertive representation supported by a deep understanding of traffic laws, administrative regulations, and criminal law in both jurisdictions.
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  • 5000+ Traffic Ticket Cases Handled
    With over 5,000 traffic ticket cases handled, our team offers top-tier representation with unmatched experience.

What Constitutes a Criminal Traffic Violation in MD?

There are two primary types of traffic violations in Maryland: payable offenses and must-appear offenses. While payable violations refer to minor traffic infractions, including certain misdemeanor offenses, must-appear violations are more serious and require a mandatory court appearance.

A conviction for a must-appear offense carries severe penalties, such as fines, license suspension or revocation, community service, and even jail time. If you received a citation for any major traffic violation, securing a robust defense from a qualified defense lawyer is imperative to avoid life-altering consequences. 

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Common Traffic Violations We Handle

At Riley Legal, our seasoned attorney has over a decade of experience defending against a wide range of criminal traffic violations. Common types of must-appear traffic violations we handle include:

Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) is a serious traffic violation that carries harsh penalties if convicted. State law defines DUI as operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. The penalties for a DUI conviction may include hefty fines, license suspension, and even incarceration. If you were charged with DUI, it’s important to seek sound counsel from a qualified DUI defense lawyer. 

Our DUI defense attorney can establish a robust defense on your behalf by examining the circumstances of the DUI stop, challenging the evidence against you, and determining the validity of BAC test results to mitigate or avoid severe penalties. When your life and liberty are at stake, turn to a firm with a longstanding reputation for aggressive DUI defense. We can work tirelessly to preserve your driving privileges and protect your future.

Reckless Driving

Under Maryland Code §21-901.1, reckless driving is defined as operating a vehicle in a manner that recklessly disregards the safety of others. While the exact penalties will vary based on the severity of the offense and other contributing factors, a conviction for reckless driving carries significant consequences, including points on your driving record, fines, and potential jail time. 

Reckless driving encompasses a broad range of qualifying acts, such as: 

  • Excessive speeding above the posted limit
  • Tailgating or following too closely
  • Illegally passing on the right
  • Driving through safety zones
  • Ignoring traffic signals or stop signs
  • Engaging in street racing
  • Making unsafe lane changes

At Riley Legal, we understand the gravity of reckless driving charges. That’s why our experienced attorney is dedicated to vigorously defending your driving privileges, minimizing potential penalties, and protecting your future on the road.

Fleeing & Evading Police

Fleeing and evading police is a serious traffic violation that involves deliberately attempting to elude law enforcement officers during a traffic stop or pursuit. A conviction can lead to severe penalties, including substantial fines, points on your driving record, license suspension, and possible incarceration. 

Given the significant implications for your freedom and future, having a knowledgeable lawyer by your side is crucial. Our firm can leverage our expertise to challenge the allegations against you, minimize potential penalties, and protect your driving privileges.   

Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License

Operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked license is a serious criminal offense. This violation can result in severe repercussions, including fines, additional license suspension, and possible jail time. Riley Legal is committed to defending your driving rights and reinstating your driving privileges. Depending on your case, our skilled defense lawyer can challenge the validity of the suspension, negotiate lesser penalties, or seek alternative resolutions if necessary. 

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