Texting While Driving Tickets
Cited for distracted driving in Anne Arundel County?
The state of Maryland prohibits texting while driving. Because this is
a primary offense, law enforcement officers are allowed to pull drivers
over and ticket them solely based on the fact that they were observed
texting while driving. In contrast, secondary offenses require that drivers
be pulled over only when they are also observed committing another "primary"
traffic offense, such as speeding or making improper turns. Due to recent
changes in Maryland law (effective as of October 2013), cell phone use
without a handheld device (or simply holding a cell phone while driving)
is now also primary offense, as opposed to a secondary offense.
Drivers who are accused of texting while driving are at risk of having
to pay fines and having traffic convictions on their records. Furthermore,
if texting while driving is considered to be a factor in an accident that
results in someone else being seriously injured or killed, the criminal
repercussions can become much more severe. If you are accused of committing
the traffic offense of texting while driving, it is important that you
have a knowledgeable attorney looking out for your best interests. At
Trunnell Law, LLC, we have attorneys who serve the area of Crofton and Anne Arundel County,
Maryland and are skilled in the area of
criminal law. Our legal team can help you explore your options for challenging the
allegations you are facing.
What are the penalties for texting while driving?
Texting while driving can include the acts of reading, writing or sending
a text message or electronic message (using a text messaging device) while
one is operating a motor vehicle, according to the Maryland Motor Vehicle
Administration (MVA). For this offense, the vehicle must be in motion,
or it must be in the area of the roadway that is intended for travel.
Texting while driving is a misdemeanor, punishable by a civil penalty
and a fine amounting up to $500. When minors are found guilty of this
offense, they can end up having their driver's licenses suspended
for up to 90 days, according to the Md. Transportation Code Ann. §
There are certain exceptions to the texting while driving ban, such as
when the text message was used for the purpose of reaching the 9-1-1 system
or for the use of GPS. Individuals who are found guilty of using cell
phones without handheld devices are subject to penalties that are lower
than those for texting while driving.
At Trunnell Law, LLC, we can help you build the appropriate defense plan
for your texting while driving charges. We want to help you avoid having
unnecessary traffic offenses placed on your record.
Contact our legal team so we can assist you with your case. We have more than
three decades of combined legal experience!