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Can I drive on a suspended license in Maryland?

On Behalf of | Dec 7, 2023 | Criminal Defense

A driver’s license is crucial for day-to-day mobility. Having a car improves your productivity as you must drive to and from work daily. Facing a suspension not only restricts your movements but also your ability to provide for your family. To avoid these risks, you want to stay on the right side of the law.

However, circumstances like a child’s medical emergency may arise, and you may be tempted to get behind the wheel and drive them to the hospital. But is this right?

Your license was suspended for a reason

For your license to be suspended, a few incidents may have taken place, such as:

  1. You violated traffic rules and accumulated enough points to warrant a suspension
  2. You were charged with DUI or refused the breathalyzer test
  3. You have a medical condition that threatens public safety
  4. You fell behind on your child support

All these can not only result in your license’s suspension but also land you in trouble with the law.

What can happen if you drive with a suspended license?

You may not drive with a suspended license under any circumstance. And before your license can be reinstated, you must go through the reinstatement process with the MVA, which can take some time.

If you’re arrested for driving while the suspension is in effect, you’ll be charged with a misdemeanor. This is a serious criminal offense in Maryland that violates TA§ 16-303, and penalties range from fines to jail time.

Driving with a suspended license can land you in trouble with the law. Find out how you can safeguard your rights and interests if you are charged with this type of traffic violation.