Many People Think a Traffic Ticket is no Big Deal
If you received a ticket, you can simply acknowledge that you are responsible, pay the fine, and accept any penalty the Court and the Secretary of State will impose, such as points or suspending your license. If you want to contest the ticket and possibly get a lesser offense with less costs and less points, you can ask for formal hearing and get an opportunity to speak with the Prosecutor. Keep in mind, only the Prosecutor can lower the offense. The Judge can only determine if you are responsible or not for the offense for which you are charged.
This is probably a good time to hire an Attorney
Even though it will cost you some bucks up front. But long term, given the cost of taking a day off work to go to court, increased insurance rates, and usually, a lesser finer, it may be worth hiring an Attorney. And the ticket may add points to your driving record resulting in the suspension of your driving privileges or being required to take a driving class.
We Have Experience with Traffic Tickets
representing drivers for speeding, drunk driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and almost everything in between.
You Usually Don't Even Have to Appear in Court
Usually, a lawyer can appear on your behalf which means you won't have to take time off work and go to the courthouse. Schmierlaw can do it all for you.
Calculate the Costs of Your Traffic Ticket
Getting a Lawyer to fight a traffic ticket might seem like overkill but it may be the best investment you will ever make. Let's say, that because of tickets, your insurance premium goes up $150 per quarter and you have to pay that increased premium for 5 years, that's $3000.00. The Law Office of James G. Schmier may be able to get the charged reduced which may keep the ticket under your insurance company's radar.
Under Michigan law, most traffic violations are civil infractions while some. like driving on a suspended license, are misdemeanors or even felonies. Depending on the violation, you may be fined, referred to a special program or, in the most serious situations, sent to jail. Plus, in most cases, if you do not take care of a traffic ticket, your license will be suspended.
Each Traffic Ticket Has a Point Value
Under Michigan’s point system, each traffic violation has a point value, which is set by law in the Michigan Vehicle Code. Points are placed on your driver record only after you have been convicted or found guilty for a criminal offense or responsible for a civil infraction. Points placed on your driver record remain there for two years from the date of conviction. If you believe there are extenuating circumstances for the ticket you received, these must be submitted when you appear in court. The Secretary of State cannot set aside a court conviction or the points.
The following shows the points for some traffic violations
Six Points: Manslaughter, negligent homicide, or other felonies involving use of a motor vehicle, Operating under the influence of liquor or drugs, Failing to stop and give identification at the scene of a crash, Reckless driving, Unlawful bodily alcohol content of 0.08 or more, Refusal to take a chemical test, and Fleeing or eluding a police officer.
Four Points: Drag racing, Operating while visibly impaired, Under age 21 with any bodily alcohol content, 16 mph or more over the legal speed limit, Failure to yield or failure to show due caution for emergency vehicles.
Three Points: Careless driving, Disobeying a traffic signal or stop sign, Improper passing, 11 through 15 mph over the legal speed limit, Failure to stop at a railroad crossing, Failure to stop for a school bus or for disobeying a school crossing guard.
Two Points: 10 mph or less over the legal speed limit, Open alcohol container in vehicle, All other moving violations, Refusal to take a Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) by anyone under age 21.
If you have too many points, the Michigan Secretary of State may required you to take a driving class or you may even have your license suspended. The Law Office of James G. Schmier will work to protect your driving record and your privilege to drive.Call Us Today. (248) 705-3742
We help people who have been charged with a crime, whether it is a misdemeanor or felony, a drunk driving offense, or just a traffic ticket. Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney is the best decision you can make. Schmierlaw has the experience, knowledge, and track record to help, if you are charged with any criminal offense.
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