Your Options When Facing the Suspension of Driving Privileges in Maryland

Notice of Point Suspension | Notice of Suspension

Your Options When Facing the Suspension of Driving Privileges in MarylandIn Maryland, when you plead guilty to or are convicted of certain traffic violations, you will have points added to your driving record. If you accumulate eight, but less than 12, points within a two-year-period, you will receive a notice from the state of Maryland that your driving privileges have been suspended. That notice may take two forms:

  • A Notice of Point Suspension—This indicates that your suspension is based solely on the number of points you have received. With a Notice of Point Suspension, you’ll have two options—either accept the suspension or request a hearing. The Notice of Point Suspension will identify the effective date of suspension. You must turn over your drivers license to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration by that date, or your suspension will be extended (until you do turn over your license).
  • A Notice of Suspension—This type of suspension indicates that at least one of your moving violations was an alcohol or drug-related offense. When you receive a Notice of Suspension, you can accept the suspension or ask for a hearing. You can also apply to participate in Maryland’s ignition interlock program. If accepted, your license will not be suspended, but you will be required to pay for the installation of an ignition interlock on your vehicle, which will prohibit you from driving the vehicle without first taking a breath test.

AV-Rated Prince George’s County Traffic Ticket Lawyer

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has successfully fought for the rights of criminal defendants across the Baltimore metropolitan area and throughout the state of Maryland for more than 30 years, including clients who have faced the suspension of driving privileges. He has been AV-rated (the highest rating possible) by his colleagues in the legal profession under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System every year since 1988. He has also earned Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, an honor granted to less than 4% of all attorneys listed in Martindale-Hubbell’s directory. He’s been among the top 100 lawyers in Maryland listed by SuperLawyers, and has also been named a Top-Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine.

Attorney Smith brings extensive skill, experience, knowledge and resources to the defense of a wide range of criminal charges. He understands your constitutional rights and knows when police and prosecutors have improperly gathered evidence or detained you. He’ll carefully identify and interrogate all witnesses, so that he can prepare a strong defense before a judge and jury.

A proven trial attorney, Jonathan has been included among the top 100 attorneys in Maryland by the National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” professional organization. He has also earned a 10.0 (Superb rating) as a litigation attorney from AVVO, as well as AVVO’s Client’s Choice Award, with an average client review of 5 stars.

Baltimore, Maryland Traffic Violations Defense Attorney

Contact our office by e-mail or call 410-740-0101 for an appointment. We represent criminal defendants in Carroll County, Frederick County, Howard County, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

The Maryland Traffic Ticket Points System

How It Works | How It Affects Your Driving Privileges

The Maryland Traffic Ticket Points SystemIn Maryland, when you have been convicted of certain moving violations, you will have points added to your driving record. The number of points added to your record will typically be determined by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Association (MVA), and not by the judge. The maximum number of points you can receive for any ticket is 5 (for traveling more than 30 miles over the posted speed limit).

The state of Maryland keeps track of all points accumulated on your record. Any points you receive will stay on your record for a period of two years. If you accumulate three points at any given time, the MVA will send you a warning letter. If you accumulate 5 or more points, you will be required to enroll and complete a driver improvement program (DIP). Your license will be suspended if you amass eight or more points at one time, and your license will be revoked for an accumulation of 12 points.

Proven Maryland Traffic Violations Lawyer

For over three decades, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has aggressively protected the rights of criminal defendants throughout Baltimore County and across the state of Maryland, including individuals charged with moving violations. SuperLawyers names him as one of the top 100 lawyers in Maryland and The American Lawyer Magazine has honored him as a Top-Rated Lawyer. The National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” organization, has also included him in the top 100 attorneys in Maryland.

Jonathan has earned an AV-rating (the highest possible) under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System every year since 1988, and has also received Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, an award given to less than 4% of all attorneys listed there. He has earned the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars, and also carries a 10.0 (Superb rating) as a trial lawyer from AVVO and.

A proven trial attorney, Jonathan has long been known and respected by his colleagues and his clients for his extensive knowledge of criminal law and procedure, as well as his skill and experience in criminal defense. He knows how to effectively gather and preserve evidence, and can quickly determine when your constitutional rights have been violated in a search, seizure or arrest.

Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney in the Metro Baltimore Area

At the law offices of Jonathan Scott Smith, we fight for the rights of criminal defendants throughout Baltimore County and the surrounding communities. Contact us online or call 410-740-0101 to arrange a meeting. We handle cases throughout Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Howard County, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Wishing You And Yours A Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

We are sending holiday cheer to you in the hopes that you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a healthy New Year.

As we look forward to 2022 we humbly pray that the new year brings a new sense of peace and joy as we enter the new year ready for a return to normalcy and prosperity.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Hiring Legal Counsel to Handle a Traffic Ticket

What Are the Benefits? When Might It Be Critical?

Hiring Legal Counsel to Handle a Traffic TicketWhen you’ve been ticketed for speeding, making an illegal turn or for some other minor traffic violation, you may be inclined to simply plead guilty and pay the ticket. After all, won’t the cost of the attorney be more than the cost of any fines assessed?

The long-term costs of a traffic violation, however, will often be more than the cost of the ticket. You may have points added to your driving record—accumulating too many points in a limited period of time can lead to the suspension of your driving privileges. You may also see your motor vehicle insurance premiums go up.

An experienced traffic violations attorney can help in many ways:

  • Your lawyer may be able to negotiate with police or prosecutors to reduce the charges, so that fines are less and points are avoided or minimized
  • Your attorney can represent you in court—Your lawyer will understand the procedures in the courtroom and may be able to identify ways to have the charges dismissed or reduced
  • Your attorney will know what to expect from the judge—Lawyers who regularly go to traffic court know the tendencies of the different judges, as well as the police officers who issue traffic tickets. That can make a difference in the outcome.

AV-Rated Howard County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith brings over 30 years of hands-on experience to criminal defendants across the Baltimore metropolitan area and throughout the state of Maryland. He has been AV-rated (the highest rating possible) by his fellow attorneys under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System every year since 1988. He has also earned Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, bestowed upon less than 4% of all attorneys listed in Martindale-Hubbell’s directory. He’s been among the top 100 lawyers in Maryland listed by SuperLawyers, and has been honored as a Top-Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine.

Attorney Smith brings considerable skill and experience to the defense of a wide range of criminal charges. He knows how to effectively gather, assess and preserve all evidence to support an acquittal. He has a comprehensive understanding of your constitutional rights and ensure that police and prosecutors followed all required procedures when gathering evidence or detaining you. He’ll carefully question all potential witnesses, so that he can prepare and present the most compelling arguments in your defense.

Smith has been included among the top 100 attorneys in Maryland by the National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” professional organization. He has also earned a 10.0 (Superb rating) as a litigation attorney from AVVO, as well as AVVO’s Client’s Choice Award, with an average client review of 5 stars.

Baltimore, Maryland Traffic Violations Defense Attorney

Contact our office by e-mail or call 410-740-0101 for an appointment. We represent criminal defendants in Carroll County, Frederick County, Howard County, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Avoiding a Drunk Driving Charge during the Holidays

Things You Can Do to Minimize the Risk of a DUI/DWI

Avoiding a Drunk Driving Charge during the HolidaysThe holiday season is a time of good cheer, but a little too much cheer can lead to a DUI/DWI charge. Here are some easy ways to keep a drunk driving charge off your Christmas list:

  • Always travel with a designated driver—agree before you go to a party or a pub who will be drinking and who won’t. Be willing to be the DD on occasion.
  • Keep your vehicle in good working order—Law enforcement officers must have probable cause to pull you over. Don’t let a faulty taillight or turn signal lead to a drunk driving charge.
  • Underdrink—Breathalyzers are notoriously unreliable and may falsely show that you are above the legal limit. In addition, your body produces alcohol. You can have just as much fun if you nurse that one drink.
  • Wait a half an hour before you have your first drink
  • Always eat something when you drink
  • Don’t drink when you are going to drive

Proven Maryland DUI/DWI Defense Attorney

For more than 30 years, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has successfully fought for the rights of criminal defendants in Baltimore and across the state of Maryland, including many clients who have been charged with drinking and driving. SuperLawyers ranks him among the top 100 lawyers in Maryland and The American Lawyer Magazine has named him a Top-Rated Lawyer. The National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” organization, has also listed him in the top 100 attorneys in Maryland.

His colleagues in the legal profession have given Jonathan an AV-rating (the highest possible) under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System every year since 1988. He has also received Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, earned by less than 4% of all attorneys listed there. He has a 10.0 (Superb rating) as a trial lawyer from AVVO and has earned the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars.

A highly respected trial attorney, Jonathan has long been known and respected for his knowledge of criminal law and procedure, as well as his skill and extensive experience when handling criminal matters. He knows how to effectively gather and preserve evidence, and can quickly determine whether law enforcement officers have violated your constitutional rights in a search, seizure or arrest.

Proven Criminal Defense Lawyer in the Greater Baltimore Area

At the law offices of Jonathan Scott Smith, we fight for the rights of criminal defendants throughout Baltimore County and the surrounding communities. Contact us online or call 410-740-0101 to arrange a meeting. We handle cases throughout Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Howard County, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

On this Thanksgiving Day, we take time to express our daily gratitude for the simple pleasures of life—good friends, family, people we hold dear. As we gather together, help us be grateful and let us share our bounty with our brothers and sisters.

The Difference between a DWI and a DUI in Maryland

Distinguishing Driving Under the Influence from Driving While Intoxicated

The Difference between a DWI and a DUI in MarylandThe terms “DWI” and “DUI” often get used interchangeably to generally describe a criminal charge of drinking and driving. In the state of Maryland, though, they are different offenses with different elements and different penalties:

  • A person will be charged with a DUI (driving under the influence) if there’s a blood alcohol test that shows violation of state law, or there’s sufficient evidence to prove that the person was operating a vehicle while substantially impaired by alcohol or any controlled substance. Conviction on DUI charges carries a more substantial penalty, up to a year of incarceration and/or a $1,000 fine for the first offense.
  • A DWI can be charged if a person’s ability to drive was affected by alcohol. Conviction for a first offense will result in a maximum of two months in jail and a potential $500 fine

AV-Rated St. George’s County DUI/DWI Defense Attorney

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has more than three decades of hands-on experience successfully representing criminal defendants across the Baltimore metropolitan area and throughout the state of Maryland. He has been AV-rated (the highest possible) by other attorneys in Maryland under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System every year since 1988, and was named a Top-Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine. He’s earned Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, bestowed upon less than 4% of all attorneys listed in Martindale-Hubbell’s directory and has been among the top 100 lawyers in Maryland listed by Super Lawyers.

Smith has been included among the top 100 attorneys in Maryland by the National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” professional organization. He has also earned a 10.0 (Superb rating) as a litigation attorney from AVVO, as well as AVVO’s Client’s Choice Award, with an average client review of 5 stars.

An experienced and respected trial attorney, Jonathan handles a wide range of criminal matters, including misdemeanors and felony charges. He knows how to effectively investigate a criminal charge, taking the time carefully gather, assess and preserve all evidence to support an acquittal. He is committed to protecting your constitutional rights and ensuring that police and prosecutors followed all required procedures when gathering evidence or detaining you. He’ll carefully question all potential witnesses, so that he can prepare and present the most effective arguments in your defense.

Baltimore, Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney

Contact our office by e-mail or call 410-740-0101 for an appointment. We represent criminal defendants in Carroll County, Frederick County, Howard County, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Baltimore Crime Rate Unaffected by Less Prosecution of Crime

Study Shows No Increase after Decision Not to Prosecute Low-Level Crimes

Baltimore Crime Rate Unaffected by Less Prosecution of CrimeA study conducted by Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, concluded that the 2020 decision by Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby to stop prosecuting most drug possession and prostitution crimes has not led to an increase in the city’s crime rate. According to the report, there has been no meaningful increase in citizen-filed complaints related to drug possession or prostitution, and no evidence of any additional risk to public safety.

Gathering data over a 14-month-period, the study found that only six of those defendants who had prostitution or drug possession charges dropped were subsequently arrested for any type of violent crime.

Results-Oriented Baltimore County Criminal Defense Attorney

Over the last 30+ years, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has aggressively protected the rights of people in Baltimore and across the state of Maryland who are under investigation for or have been charged with a criminal offense. He’s listed among the top 100 lawyers in Maryland by SuperLawyers and The American Lawyer Magazine tabbed him as a Top Rated Lawyer in 2012. The National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” organization, has also ranked him as one of the top 100 attorneys in Maryland.

Attorney Smith has long held the esteem of his colleagues in the legal profession, who have given him an AV-rating (the highest possible) under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System every year since 1988. He has also been honored with Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, awarded to less than 4% of all attorneys listed there. He has a 10.0 (Superb rating) as a trial lawyer from AVVO and has earned the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars.

Known for his extensive knowledge of criminal law and procedure, and for the skill and experience he brings to the defense of any criminal matter, attorney Smith knows how to quickly determine whether police have violated your constitutional rights during a search, seizure or arrest. He’s also a proven trial lawyer, with a reputation for aggressively advocating before a judge and jury.

Proven Criminal Defense Lawyer in the Greater Baltimore Area

At the law offices of Jonathan Scott Smith, we fight for the rights of criminal defendants throughout Baltimore County and the surrounding communities. Contact us online or call 410-740-0101 to arrange a meeting. We handle cases throughout Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Howard County, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween

Maryland Drug Possession Laws

What Constitutes Possession? When Does Possession Involve an Intent to Sell?

What Constitutes Possession? When Does Possession Involve an Intent to Sell?In recent weeks, there has been much controversy in Baltimore, as the city’s State Attorney, Marilyn Mosby, has dismissed approximately half of the narcotics cases brought to her, stating that she will no longer prosecute drug possession cases. The decision is a carryover from 2020, when the city sought to minimize the spread of the coronavirus in jails. Mosby stressed, however, that only cases of simple possession would be dismissed—a person who meets the criteria for possession with intent to distribute will still be prosecuted.

What Is Possession?

Under Maryland law, a person may be charged with possession for either having under his control, administering or attempting to obtain a controlled substance, unless the person has a prescription or order from an authorized provider. Furthermore, a person may still be charged with possession, even with a prescription/order, if there was:

  • Fraud, deception, misrepresentation or subterfuge’
  • Concealment of a material fact
  • Forgery or counterfeiting involving a prescription/written order
  • Use of a false name or identity

When Does Possession Rise to “Intent to Distribute”?

The distinction between possession and possession with intent to distribute is based on the quantity of the controlled substance. The quantity varies based on the specific controlled substance.

AV-Rated Frederick Criminal Defense Attorney

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith brings more than 30 years of proven experience to criminal defendants across the Baltimore metropolitan area and throughout the state of Maryland. He has been AV-rated (the highest possible) by his fellow attorneys under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System every year since 1988. Attorney Smith has also been the recipient of Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, bestowed upon less than 4% of all attorneys listed in Martindale-Hubbell’s directory. He’s been among the top 100 lawyers in Maryland listed by Super Lawyers, and has been honored as a Top-Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine.

Attorney Smith brings considerable skill and experience to the defense of a wide range of criminal charges. He knows how to effectively gather, assess and preserve all evidence to support an acquittal. He has a comprehensive understanding of your constitutional rights and ensure that police and prosecutors followed all required procedures when gathering evidence or detaining you. He’ll carefully question all potential witnesses, so that he can prepare and present the most compelling arguments in your defense.

Smith has been included among the top 100 attorneys in Maryland by the National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” professional organization. He has also earned a 10.0 (Superb rating) as a litigation attorney from AVVO, as well as AVVO’s Client’s Choice Award, with an average client review of 5 stars.

Ellicott City, Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney

Contact our office by e-mail or call 410-740-0101 for an appointment. We represent criminal defendants in Carroll County, Frederick County, Howard County, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

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  • Jonathan Scott Smith 10490 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 200 ,Columbia, MD 21044-4960

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