Don’t risk higher insurance rates and a bad record when you can win.
If you’ve received a civil infraction, such as speeding, then your best option is to “fight” the ticket. Never pay a ticket without trying to negotiate for a waiver of the points and a change in the charge to a non-moving violation.
Civil Infractions – Lawyer or Self-Representation?
Along with representing clients against serious felony charges, we also handle more common cases. Even the most conscientious citizens occasionally find themselves charged with speeding, failure to yield, improper lane use, prohibited turn, or some other traffic offense. These actions can have detrimental effects on your driving record and insurance rates, so it’s a good idea to know the facts and go to court with a lawyer who can help negotiate the best possible deal. Is it worth hiring a civil infraction attorney with a track record of success fighting and winning cases?
Civil infractions are a special area of the law that does not require intent. This means that one pleads “responsible” rather than “guilty” to a civil infraction. The prosecution does not need to show that you meant to commit the crime. With the right lawyer and the right case, you may be able to convince the prosecution to drop a misdemeanor down to a civil infraction or a civil infraction down to a better civil infraction.
Civil infractions are not as severe as misdemeanors and felonies, but some can hurt your driving record, eventually leading to higher insurance costs and a suspension of your license. Something as simple as disobeying a traffic sign can earn you 3 points, and enough of those points could put you in jeopardy of losing your driving privileges. Not being able to drive in a place like Michigan can have a disastrous effect on your ability to work, live, and support a family. You have the option of representing yourself, hiring a general practice or multi-practice lawyer, or a lawyer who routinely handles traffic civil infractions, and criminal offenses.
Why You Need A Lawyer
You need an attorney who knows the court you are dealing with, which zero-point civil infractions are available in that court, and how best to pursue them. All courts, prosecutors, and judges deal with traffic matters and civil infractions in different ways. You need an advocate who knows the legal landscape and has familiarity with your situation to find the best possible outcome. A top civil infraction attorney has the best chance of getting your ticket dismissed and thrown out of court.
If you’ve been charged with a felony or a misdemeanor, you need a lawyer. If you’ve been charged with a civil infraction, you also need a lawyer. Because civil infractions vary from one municipality to the next, and because prosecutors and courts differentiate in how they handle traffic offenses in different jurisdictions, you should contact an attorney who has experience with your prosecutor, judge, and the court to seek the best outcome. The civil infraction attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have decades of experience in Oakland County, Wayne County, Macomb County, and throughout Michigan dealing with traffic offenses. They know when a misdemeanor can be reduced to a civil infraction, and they know how to pursue the civil infractions that will not affect your driving record. One of our criminal defense attorneys will consult with you, advise you, and successfully represent you in court.
Call us today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation or complete an online Request for Assistance Form. We will contact you promptly and find a way to help you.