Traffic Violations Are Not A Minor Issue
Traffic tickets are a common occurrence in Ocean City. With so many visitors, police actively monitor the roads and enforce major and minor traffic laws. Even when pulled over for a minor traffic offense, you can’t ignore it and hope it will go away. You will be held accountable, even if you aren’t physically in Ocean City anymore.
Your best option is to contact an experienced traffic violation defense attorney to help you navigate the system and prevent your ticket from becoming a more significant issue. Attorney Ryan Bodley has worked in Ocean City for years, helping defend community members and visitors against traffic violation tickets. He understands the frustration you feel and provides honest and professional representation.
You Can’t Always Just Pay Off A Ticket And Move On
In Maryland, traffic violations fall into two categories: must appear and payable. Payable citations range from red light violations to reckless, negligent and aggressive driving offenses. Payable citations often come with expensive fines and result in added points to your driving record, which can raise insurance and even disqualify you from certain jobs.
With a payable traffic violation, you can plead guilty and pay the fine, plead guilty and request a waiver hearing, or you can plead not guilty and request a trial. Attorney Bodley can help you determine which option is best for you based on the potential consequences.
Must appear citations are more serious and can often result in incarceration or hefty fines. These citations include:
- Driving without a license
- Driving with a revoked or suspended license
- Hit and runs
- Fleeing and evading police
With these violations, you can’t just pay the fine and move on. You must appear in court on the date and time provided on a notice you will receive in the mail. As these are more serious offenses, an attorney may be necessary to help protect your future and avoid jail time.
If you are out of state, you won’t be able to avoid the ticket. The offense will often be reported to your home state, so it is often easier to deal with the violation where it happened with a lawyer who has experience in local courts. To avoid jail time or severe penalties, you must hire a local Ocean City traffic violation attorney with experience in traffic courts. Attorney Ryan Bodley can help represent you in court and argue your case before a judge.
Don’t Put Your Life On Hold Over A Traffic Violation
No one wants to pay a traffic ticket or spend unnecessary time fighting it in court. However, sometimes the best option is to work with an experienced attorney to reduce the penalties and long-term consequences of the violation on your record. Ryan Bodley can help you determine the best course of action depending on your unique situation and confidently fight for you in court if necessary. Contact Bodley Defense to schedule a free consultation at 410-885-1638 or reach out online.