Knowingly Driving Uninsured Vehicle
Maryland law requires a person to maintain at least $30,000 of bodily injury coverage for one person and at least $60,00 for two or more persons. The law additionally requires a $15,000 minimum for property damage. These policies can be expensive, and only get more expensive for those drivers with a not so perfect driving record. Regardless, the law is unforgiving and police are instructed to enforce it each time they encounter a person without car insurance. Like most laws, the State must prove the defendant committed a knowing violation in order to sustain a conviction. A defendant could potentially argue that the violation occurred without the knowledge of the vehicle owner if there were mix ups with the insurance company or with the payments. Under Maryland law the owner of a vehicle could be charged if he or she permits an individual to take the vehicle, but the defense of knowledge could also be argued if the owner of the vehicle did not give the driver permission to take the car.
In addition to arguing for a dismissal prior to trial or fighting the case in court, and experienced Maryland traffic lawyer may also be able to convince the state to reduce the citation to a simple infraction such as failure to provide insurance information. This may be a viable solution of the driver took steps to have the vehicle insured shortly after the stop. If you have been charged with knowingly driving uninsured vehicle anywhere in Maryland do not wait until your court date to contact a lawyer. The State and judges take these cases seriously and a conviction could lead to harsh consequences. Benjamin has successfully been able to negotiate for the dismissal of dozens of uninsured vehicle citations in both state and federal court and he is standing by to offer a free consultation about your citation. The Firm offers flexible payment plans for all traffic and criminal cases. In addition, all clients will have access to Benjamin 7 days a week for case updates and consultations, as we always keep our clients informed and updated.