Three days after winning a Democratic primary for state delegate, Maricé Morales of Silver Spring resolved a charge of having a suspended motor vehicle registration.
Morales was pulled over on May 1 in Silver Spring while driving with a suspended registration. She was fined $150.
According to court officials, Morales failed to comply because she neither paid the ticket nor asked for a court date within 30 days. Therefore, her registration was suspended.
If she hadn’t paid the fine at all, her driver’s license could have been suspended.
Maryland’s online court website shows that the case was closed when the fine was paid Friday.
According to court officials, the verdict was a “prepaid guilty,” meaning that by paying the fine, she pleaded guilty and did not have to go to trial.
During an interview, Morales said she didn’t have time to take care of the ticket while she was campaigning.
“Now that my campaign is over, I can take care of my personal stuff,” she said.
Morales finished third in the June 24 Democratic primary for three District 19 state delegate seats. She has advanced to the Nov. 4 general election, where three Democrats and one Republican are competing for three seats.