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can provide the information you are seeking.
The short answer is that they can keep piling on late fees and
additional costs, eventually getting the bill high enough that a court
in the originating state can issue an arrest warrant.
That shouldn?t make any difference unless you happen to get stopped
for another violation or anything else in Maryland, in which case you
will find yourself assuming the position and probably spending at
least one night in jail, paying all the accumulated fines and court
costs, along with the costs involved in impounding your vehicle.
You may have considerably more problems if they search your vehicle
and find anything they don?t like.
In addition, there will be costs involved with the bench warrant even
if you voluntarily appear before the court to settle up your debt to
But these days things can get considerably worse.
A bench warrant having been issued in one state, you may show up on
the NCIC computer system anywhere in the country, if not now, then
eventually, especially with the many things the government is now
doing in the name of national security and homeland security.
Google search term: traffic fine from another state
You will find some interesting reading at
Since this is a photo-violation you may be able to argue that it
wasn?t you or your car, but I doubt this would be successful and would
really annoy the judge.
Also, even though paying the fine may not show up on your record as
far as points or insurance companies, certainly having an outstanding
ticket and especially the eventual warrant, would show up on any in
depth background search to future employment or other activities.
All in all, if you are looking for advice as well as information, even
though you'll probably get away with it, I?d mail the check ASAP just
to be on the safe side. Think of it as a form of taxation.
Thank you again for turning to Answers.Google for help. I believe this
answers your question.