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Positive Effects of Contesting Traffic Tickets in Michigan


Contesting your traffic ticket in Michigan is important. We always say that you have to fight for your rights whenever you are faced with something that will form part of your permanent record. 

With that, let us talk about how you can contest your traffic ticket in Michigan because we deem it important for you to fight back.

Why is it important to contest a traffic ticket in Michigan?

We have had some clients tell us that they no longer want to confess their traffic tickets because they think that it is a futile exercise. Some clients no longer want to face it because of the expenses that are attached not just to fighting back the traffic ticket but also paying to lawyers in ensuring that the traffic ticket in Michigan is correct.

We always say that you need to contest your traffic ticket in Michigan because the only person who can fight back any traffic ticket would be yourself and no matter how good your lawyer is, if you do not have the initiative to fight back then there is no sense in hiring a lawyer in the first place.

With that, let us continue this series on why you should contest your traffic ticket in Michigan. 

What is the best outcome when I contest a traffic ticket in Michigan?

We have already discussed the effects of not contesting your traffic ticket in Michigan and we have concluded that it is because the future costs are higher than present costs. 

If you do decide to contest a traffic ticket in Michigan, you can have the best outcome that you possibly can through the following:

Best Outcome: Dismissal Without Court Costs

The best outcome that you should expect when you can test a traffic ticket in Michigan is when the case is dismissed without you paying any of the costs. The dismissal may be because you have one at the trial or because the officer who is responsible for giving you a traffic violation failed to appear at the trial. Either way, you have won.

The prosecutor would rarely agree to an outright dismissal and the outcome of your trial will always be uncertain but the fact that you are contesting your traffic ticket in Michigan is already a favorable resolution for you. 

Worst Outcome: Civil Infraction Violation

At the very least the worst outcome that you can get is still getting the points and paying for common civil infraction violation but you at least fought for your right and you can still bargain with the prosecutor as to how it will affect your premium payments on your insurance and all of the other aspects of your driving.

The following points are commonly the ones given for judgments of civil infraction violations:

  • Speeding 16-25 mph over – 4 points, 3 points on freeway
  • Speeding 11-15 mph over – 3 points, 2 points on freeway
  • Disobey Stop Sign – 3 points
  • Improper Passing – 3 points
  • Ran Red Light – 3 points
  • Failed to Yield – 2 points
  • Speeding 6-10 mph over – 2 points, 1 point on the freeway

Traffic Offenses are Criminal offenses

It bears noting that traffic offenses are considered criminal offenses in the state of Michigan and as such, they carry very permanent effects not just on your driving record but on your life. You will be expecting a possible jail time or probation or driving sanction such as the suspension of your driving license.

When you were involved in criminal traffic violations you should expect that points will also be put on your permanent driving record. 

The following are the common criminal traffic violations in the State of Michigan:

  • Operating While Intoxicated – 6 points
  • Reckless Driving – 6 points
  • Leaving the scene of an accident – 6 points
  • Failed to Stop or Identify after Personal Injury Accident – 6 points
  • Fleeing and Eluding Officer – 6 points
  • Failure to Yield for Emergency Responder, 4 points
  • Drag Racing – 4 points
  • Passing a School Bus – 3 points
  • Disobey School Crossing Guard – 3 points
  • Driving While License Suspended – 2 points

Were you pulled over in Michigan?

Now that you know some facts about getting traffic tickets in the State of Michigan, it is time to get down to it. If you require a lawyer who can assist you with ensuring that you protect your rights to your property, it is important to know that you also have a team that can help you out with your specific needs. 

Our law firm is dedicated to making sure that those who are innocent will be protected by the law and the full extent of justice will be used.

Disclaimer:

The article that you have read is based on general applications of the law. It is not legal advice and it is not to be construed as any legal consultation with the firm. No client-attorney relationship is created when you read the articles we have provided.

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If you need a lawyer to help you during your traffic ticket proceedings, call us immediately. Let us help you set things right.