Civil Infractions: How the System Works and Why You Need an Attorney

By September 30, 2016 March 30th, 2017 Criminal Defense Detroit MI

Civil Infractions

Civil Infractions Why you Need an Attorney 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.

An Overview

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.

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.

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 the way they handle traffic offenses in different jurisdictions, you should contact an attorney who has experience with your prosecutor, judge, and court to seek the best outcome. The 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. If you are looking for an attorney to help with your driving offense, call us now at (248) 263-6800 or complete a Request for Assistance form. One of our criminal defense attorneys will consult with you, provide you with advice. and and help get you the representation you need.

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