It may not sound like a serious crime, but driving on a suspended license in Maryland is a jailable offense. Without effective representation, you could spend up to 60 days in jail for this transgression. The advantage of having a good lawyer in your corner should be obvious.
Common defenses for driving on a suspended license include:
- You didn't know your license was suspended - The state cannot convict you if you were unaware of the suspension, and the burden of proving that you knew is on them.
- The traffic stop was illegal - There must be an acceptable reason for pulling you over and arresting you. This is sometimes called the suppression defense, in which the defense works to suppress improperly obtained information so it may not be used to prove your guilt.
- You weren't driving - The state is obliged to prove that you were, in fact, the driver of the car when you were arrested. If you were washing your car, loading the trunk or parked in a fast food lot, for example, the state will have difficulty proving you actually drove. Unless you were actually driving, they don't have a case.
There are other defenses as well. They key is to have a Salisbury criminal defense attorney who is familiar with the volumes of case law that are relevant to your case. Our attorneys have that knowledge because they have worked on both the prosecutorial and defense sides of many, many cases.
Contact MacDonald Law Office, LLC for the Help You Need
Knowledge is the best defense weapon you can obtain in a suspended license case. Talk to suspended driver's license lawyers at MacDonald Law Office, LLC about your situation by calling (410) 348-7809. You can also email us your questions using this form. We have offices in both Salisbury and Ocean City, Maryland.
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