Michigan Traffic Offense Defense Attorney
Laser and radar speed measurement devices are not foolproof, but suppose there is irrefutable evidence of speeding. A savvy lawyer can still get the charges dismissed or reduced in most cases.
Get Civil Infraction Tickets Dismissed
The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards requires that all police officers who are Speed Measurement Operators must be recertified by 12/31/2014 (every five years). If an officer fails to be recertified, their speeding ticket might be subject to attack. Whether through RADAR or LIDAR, any citations issued for speed could be dismissed or not upheld in court if the operator has not been recertified. Your best hope of getting a traffic ticket, including a speeding ticket, dismissed is with an experienced, respected traffic ticket defense attorney.
Pretext Traffic Stops to Justify Felony and Misdemeanor Arrests
Police officers sometimes stop cars to investigate a suspicion that someone is committing a felony or a misdemeanor. The suspicion may come from a hunch, a confidential informant, an anonymous tip, or based on some other reason. In the United States and Michigan, police officers must have reasonable suspicion that a crime is being committed before lawfully stopping a vehicle. Indeed, some officers dutifully do their duty and follow the law; however, some officers play fast and loose with the rules and then make up a civil infraction later to justify the stop. The traffic stops with a made-up or later determined civil infraction to justify pulling someone over are called “pretext stops.” Speeding and traffic ticket defense lawyers know the tricks of the trade to get these matters resolved favorably.
Pretext stops are illegal and, when discovered, can lead to a motion to suppress evidence and a dismissal of all charges. It takes a highly experienced, effective, and fearless defense lawyer to fight charges based on a 4th Amendment violation and win in court. The Defense Team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has decades of experience fighting and winning dismissals of traffic and criminal charges in state and federal court based on pretext stops.
Getting a Ticket Dismissed or Reduced – Speeding and Traffic Ticket Defense
In those cases where a client is charged with a civil infraction and the ticket is justified, the charges can still get dismissed or reduced. In many cases, city attorneys are more concerned about collecting money for their jurisdiction than adding points to a person’s driving record. Highly respected attorneys who regularly deal with prosecutors and city attorneys develop a relationship and credibility with prosecutors that often help them negotiate reduction and even dismissals of traffic tickets in exchange for nominal fines and costs.
Criminal Defense Lawyers for Speeding and Traffic Ticket Defense
If you were ticketed for a traffic civil infraction (speeding, traffic accident, failure to obey a traffic control device, careless driving, etc.) or a traffic misdemeanor (DWLS, OWI, DUI, Reckless Driving, No Proof of Insurance, Failure to Stop at Accident, etc.), you need good legal representation to help keep your driving record intact and keep your insurance rates from going up. We can often convince a prosecutor or city official to dismiss charges in exchange for reasonable fines and costs.
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