Follow the Rules or Deal With Points

DUI in MarylandThe point system that you typically encounter when receiving traffic violations can be rather confusing. Points, after all, are a rather ominous yet nevertheless quite vague and nondescriptive form of punishment; yes, you did something wrong, but you didn’t really receive jail time or a fine – just points, which hang over your head and can have a negative impact on your life. Fortunately, the information on the point systems imposed by various states is public and quite accessible.

Points in Maryland

In Maryland, for example, each vehicle related law violation has a point value attached to it, which can then be attached to your driver’s license when you are convicted of the offense, The higher the number of points attached to the offense, the greater the impact it will have on your record, potentially impacting your freedom and finances, though not necessarily in that order.

These points remain on your license for an undefined period of time, so gathering them means you’ll have to struggle with them for some time to come!  On receiving between three and four points, the Maryland MVA will issue a warning letter to you, advising you that you face serious consequences for any future convictions. At five to seven points in the course of two years, you may be required to enroll in a driver improvement program.

Things Get Serious

At between eight and eleven points, you will receive a notice of suspension from the MVA and at twelve points, your license may be revoked entirely, which means you will have to give up your driver’s license and then go through the process of applying for a new one once your revocation period has ended. This can prove to be a costly inconvenience in both your social and work life.  . Generally speaking, it’s always better to avoid running afoul of the law and abiding by the rules of the road in your state will help to ensure that you retain your driving privileges and your freedom.

About Andrew Alpert

+Andrew is one of the leading DUI and criminal defense attorneys in both the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He blogs about Maryland DUI law, has numerous videos on the subject and has been asked to appear on national television to offer his legal opinion on high-profile criminal cases.