I Just Got a Traffic Ticket, and I Don’t Know What To Do Next?
Should I just pay it? No!! A good lawyer can do many things to help you save money by reducing points and getting charges dismissed.
If you just received a traffic ticket, it is considered a civil infraction. A civil infraction is a minor violation of the law; however, it is still can have stiff consequences.
A civil infraction can include speeding, driving to fast for conditions, careless driving, failure to signal, failing to change your address, plus many more. A civil infraction traffic ticket carries a fine and, with some exceptions, points on your driving record. Having a moving violation or points on your record can affect the status of your driving privileges and also your insurance rates.
What Are My Options? You have three.
1. Pay the ticket: this is almost always the wrong thing to do. Paying a ticket without a fight is a mistake because there are almost always things that a lawyer can do to minimize the damage to your license and insurance rates.
2. Ask for an Informal Hearing: this is a hearing with you, the police office and the court’s magistrate, or judge. There are no attorneys on either side. The officer presents his case, and you have an opportunity to present your case. A decision gets made. If the magistrate heard the case and you disagree with the decision, you have the right to appeal the decision to the judge. An appeal the same as a formal hearing. To appeal an adverse ruling in an informal hearing, you must post a bond with the court in the amount of the ticket.
3. Ask for a Formal Hearing: At a formal hearing, attorneys get involved. The prosecutor will be representing the police officer, and you may have an attorney with you too. At this stage, it is wise to have legal counsel, so you do not have to face the court, prosecutor, and police officer on your own.
Michigan’s Premier Traffic Ticket Defense Attorneys
The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have spent decades working in Michigan’s traffic courts. Several of the firm’s attorneys have also worked in the courts as judicial officers making decisions relative to traffic offenses. With LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. as your traffic ticket defense law firm, you have attorneys with the experience and specialized skills to help minimize the damage done to your driving record and insurance rates. Michigan has limited public transportation, so it is imperative that you retain the right to stay on the road legally.
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