Received a Traffic Ticket? What Next?
Never Pay a Traffic Ticket – Get Rid of Points and Moving Violations.
A Single Traffic Ticket Can Increase Insurance Rates
Insurance companies routinely review driving records to find any excuse for increasing their customers’ insurance rates. One moving violation may be enough to trigger a rate increase even if the violation carries no points. The main thing insurance companies look at is whether the violation was a “moving infraction” or a “nonmoving infraction.”
Examples of Moving infractions include:
- Disobeying a Traffic Control Device
- Failure to Use Due Care and Caution
- Failure to Stop Within an Assured Clear Distance
- Careless Driving
- Moving Violation Causing Serious Impairment of a Body Function
- Improper Passing
Examples of Nonmoving Violations:
- Double Parking
- Impeding Traffic
- Blockading Traffic
- Improper Use of Lights
- Defective Equipment
The Loss of a Driver’s License Can Be Devastating
Driving privileges are extremely important in Michigan because there is limited public transportation. Most traffic tickets have points that are accessed against your driving record. If you receive too many points, you will have your driving privileges suspended because of an unsatisfactory driving record. There are also substantial penalties if you are caught driving while your license is suspended. Once a person is convicted of driving on a suspended license, it can become an uphill battle to regain legal driving privileges.
“Fight” Every Ticket
You should never pay a traffic ticket without making an attempt to get a moving violation dismissed and the points removed. Experienced lawyers routinely negotiate with prosecutors for the dismissal of moving violation tickets in exchange for a nonmoving violation. Nonmoving violations do not go on a person’s driving record and will not impact insurance rates. The prosecutor has an incentive to give a deal to a known defense attorney because he will want to avoid a contested hearing, avoid the necessity of issuing a subpoena to the police officer, and he will want to maintain an amicable relationship with someone who frequently handles cases in the court. “Fight” does not always mean taking the ticket to court and having a hearing. In the vast majority of cases, “fight” means setting up a potential contested hearing that will ultimately be avoided with a plea bargain.
Informal, Formal, or Pre-Formal Hearing?
If you receive a traffic citation, there are procedural issues that will arise that you must be aware of – things like time deadlines and hearing requests. There are different types of hearings, and each has its own risks and rewards. Figuring out how to contest a traffic ticket and secure a favorable deal can be really confusing for someone that is not familiar with the court system. Because the process is complicated and experience plays an important role in success, you will want to have expert legal representation. The loss of driving privileges, points, or moving violations can cause serious economic harm to you and your loved ones. The lawyers at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. are experts in protecting driving privileges. Our attorneys regularly appear in traffic courts across the State of Michigan. We have been able to protect driving privileges in some of the most difficult cases.
What if you are innocent of the traffic offense?
There may be a reason to have a contested hearing before a judge if you are innocent of the charged traffic violation. The defense lawyers with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. will assess the viability of any defense and determine if conducting a contested hearing may be beneficial. If a hearing is held, it is the government’s burden to prove you responsible for the violation, and we, as your lawyers, will do everything possible to get the judge to rule in your favor.
What if you are guilty of the offense?
We can still help! City attorneys and prosecutors generally have no interest in increasing the revenue of insurance companies. A good attorney with a persuasive approach can often negotiate a resolution to reduce or eliminate points and, in some cases, keep an offense entirely off your driving record.
Michigan Traffic Violations Defendant Lawyers
A single traffic violation can raise your insurance rates for years and have other effects on your life. Once you have a moving violation on your record, it eliminates your odds of receiving a warning if you are pulled over again. Getting a deal on a second or subsequent moving violation can be a challenge and maybe nearly impossible without a lawyer. It is always best to enlist the help of a lawyer right away who can keep your record clear of any tickets or violations.
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