Failure to Appear on a Must Appear Ticket in Maryland

In the State of Maryland, if you fail to pay the fine or appear in the District Court for a minor traffic ticket such as Speeding your driver’s license may be suspended.

How it works:
If you fail to pay the fine or appear in District Court to contest it, the Court typically will electronically notify the MVA. MVA can mail you a notice that your driver’s license will be suspended unless you satisfy the court requirements by the suspension date printed on the notice. If you go to the clerk of the court today and pay the ticket everything will be OK.

A warrant is issued in Maryland for a traffic offense is for a ticket where you are required to appear in court. This would be a mandatory appearance citation. For example DWI , or hit and run traffic collision.

Failure to appear in response to citation is covered within Title 5, Subtitle 2 of the Maryland Criminal Procedure Code. Per § 5-212, it is illegal for a defendant to fail to appear in court in response to a citation issued by a law enforcement officer. Code § 5-212(b) states that a bench warrant will be issued for the arrest of any defendant who commits this crime. The penalty for failure to appear is a misdemeanor offense, and under § 5-212(c), is punishable by 90 days incarceration and a fine not to exceed $500.00.

What an Attorney can do for you:
A seasoned attorney can advise you on the best method of response to this situation whether its to turn yourself in or to file a Motion based on any legal defenses you may have. It is imperative that you contact any attorney as soon as possible when situations like these arise. We are here to help. Call now for a free consultation.

This blog should not be relied upon or used for attorney advice. It may be outdated over time. attorney-client privilege shall not be created by this blog. It is based on opinion only. Every case requires detailed attention to the particular facts as each case is different in nature.

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