Effective January 1, 2010, a new law went into effect that requires those receiving traffic citations which may be paid instead in lieu of trial must request a trial in order to receive a trial date. Under the old law, failure to act upon a payable citation automatically resulted in issuance of a trial date. That procedure no longer exists. Failure to pay a ticket will result in an automatic finding of guilt. Those receiving violations must do one of the following when receiving a citation: (1) request a trial in writing following the procedures set forth on the rear of the ticket; (2) admit guilt by paying the fine; or (3) request waiver of the trial for purposes of determining guilt but requesting a hearing on sentencing. Drivers wishing to pay a traffic fine may do so by mail to the District Court Traffic Processing Center, P. O. Box 6676, Annapolis, Md., 21401; online by credit card at http://www.paymentchek.com/MD/MarylandCourt/; by phone with a credit card at 1-800-492-2656; or in person at any District Court location.
Robert L. Weinberg, a partner with the firm, recently settled a wrongful death and survival action against the driver of a vehicle which has failed to remain in its lane during late night travel and crossed onto the shoulder of Interstate 95 in Mongtomery County, striking the driver of a parked vehicle who was standing by his car. The decedent died at the scene from blunt force trauma. He was survived by a daughter and one parent. The defendant driver fled the scene of the accident on foot and was later apprehended using DNA evidence from the accident scene. The driver was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter.