Michigan Traffic Lawyers
MICHIGAN TRAFFIC TICKETS
Michigan traffic offenses may be classified as moving or non-moving violations. They vary in type and the severity of the related penalty. Fines will vary by district.
Some examples of Michigan traffic violations include:
- disobeying traffic signal
- using a cell phone while driving
- exceeding posted speed
- seat-belt violation
- prohibited turn
- passing in a no-passing zone
- having a light out
- reckless driving
- failure to pay previous traffic fines
- operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- refusal to take a chemical test
POINTS ON YOUR DRIVING RECORD
When you get a traffic citation in Michigan, you will be assigned points (typically two to six) for each Michigan driving offense. The more serious the infraction, the higher the point value. Be aware that you can even acquire points while driving a snowmobile or off-road vehicle. If you don’t do something to remove points from your Michigan driving record, they will stay there for two years. Some drivers may be eligible to have points removed by completing a Basic Driver Improvement Course (BDIC).
POINTS CAN ADD UP QUICKLY
Even a couple lower-point Michigan traffic violations on your Michigan driving record can add up quickly and make a big difference in your insurance premiums, and perhaps even holding on to your Michigan driver’s license. If you receive 12 points within two years, the Michigan Secretary of State will require you to visit the Driver Reexamination office.
MAINTAINING A CLEAN MICHIGAN DRIVING RECORD
Maintaining a “clean” driving record is good for everyone, but it is especially critical for commercial drivers, who are required to report any traffic violation to their employer within 30 days – even if it occurred on their own time and with their own vehicle.
WHAT TO DO ABOUT A MICHIGAN SPEEDING TICKET OR OTHER VIOLATION
First of all, read the entire document carefully. Pay special attention to the due dates. Sometimes fines may be waived, if by the required due date, you show proof that the situation has been remedied.
Examples may include:
- Defective equipment
- No Michigan driver’s license in your possession when stopped
- No proof of registration
Your Options After Receiving A Traffic Ticket
Whatever the citation, you can either plead guilty, admit guilt with an explanation, pay the ticket, and accept the points, or you may choose to contest the citation in court. Most traffic violations are addressed in District Court. However, misdemeanor and felony traffic violations are routed through the Criminal Court division.
Traffic Ticket? Our Michigan Traffic Lawyers Can Help
The attorneys of the Friedman Law Firm can advise you on the best course of action to reduce the points on your record, defeat charges, save money and time. Call 248-932-0900 today – or use our free consultation form – for assistance with your Michigan traffic offense.