In Michigan Traffic Violations are either Civil Infractions, Misdemeanors or Felonies. If you are charged with a traffic violation in Michigan, you may be fined, referred to a program or be sent to jail in extreme cases. More important, you will be assessed points on your license.
Points remain on your driving record for two years from the date you are convicted. Points range from two, assessed for minor traffic violations such as going 10 mph over the legal speed limit and having an open container, to six points for OWI, reckless driving or committing a Felony while operating a motor vehicle.
If you’ve been charged with a traffic violation and want to contest it, you have two options. You can ask for an Informal hearing or a formal one. In an informal hearing you are not allowed to have an attorney. Since the penalties for even a minor traffic violation can be high – including raising your insurance rates – you may want to opt for a formal hearing anytime you want to contest the charge. That way, a member of our legal team can accompany you and represent you during the hearing.
During the hearing, the officer involved in the ticketing or arrest will be present and his testimony will carry a lot of weight in court. That’s why you want an experienced attorney with you to help you get your ticket or violation dismissed or the fines and points reduced. It’s important that you contact your attorney immediately if you have a traffic violation in Michigan. If the ticket or hearing is ignored, you can have your license suspended, costing you even more money and time to get it reinstated.
If you have a traffic violation in Michigan, call Luedke Law Group to discuss your situation and we will be happy to review your case and assign a knowledgeable, experienced attorney to represent you.