Michigan Traffic Offense Defense Attorney
Laser and Radar Speed Measurement Devices
The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards is requiring that all police officers who are Speed Measurement Operators must be recertified by 12/31/2014 (every 5 years). If an officer fails to be recertified, his or her speeding ticket may subject to attack. Any citations issued for speed, whether through RADAR or LIDAR, could be dismissed or not upheld in court if the operator has not been recertified.
Pretext Traffic Stops to Justify Felony and Misdemeanor Arrests
Police officers stop cars sometimes 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 in Michigan, police officers must have reasonable suspicion that a crime is being committed before he or she can lawfully stop a vehicle. Certainly, there are officers who dutifully do their duty and follow the law; however, there are also officers who 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.”
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
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 they are about 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 helps them negotiate reduction and even dismissals of traffic tickets in exchange for nominal fines and costs.
Criminal Defense Lawyers for Traffic Offenses
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. Call LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. to find out how we can help you!