State of Maryland v. MG
Client was facing 4 citations including Driving Under the Influence, Driving Under the Influence Per Se, Driving While Intoxicated, and failing to display lighted headlamps. Successfully negotiated a plea agreement to a reduced charge of Reckless Driving with dismissal of the remaining charges. Client faced as much as up to 1 year, $1,000 fine and 12 points on their driving record. An amended charge to Reckless Driving avoided the possibility of jail time entirely, cut the points in half (to 6), and the maximum fine was also cut in half ($500).
State v. ML
Client came to me with a speeding ticket in late 2016 for 96 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. To pre-pay that ticket would have meant admitting guilt, getting 5 points on their driving record (triggering the MVA to require enrollment in a Driving Improvement Program), and paying a $530 fine. Client had already pre-paid a ticket from early 2016 which cost them $90 and 1 point.
We reviewed their driving record together, put in a request for a trial on the 96/55 citation, and filed a motion on the prior speeding ticket. We were able to strike a deal to amend the speed to 84 in a 55 and get the fine down to $200 total. That deal cut points from 5 down to 2, saved $330, and the client did not have to report the speeding ticket for their security clearance. The second case was dismissed entirely, and client was refunded their $90 and the 1 point came off their record.
Client - between the two tickets - faced up to $620 in fines, 6 points on their record, and would have had to enroll in a Driver Improvement Program (usually costs $50). Final result was $200 in fines, 2 points, and no Driver Improvement Program.
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