Detroit Lawyers Explain 36th District Court Traffic Warrants

Detroit Lawyers Explain
36th District Court Traffic Warrants

As an experienced 36th District Court traffic lawyer, I am frequently asked if failure to pay a Detroit traffic ticket will result in a warrant. Unfortunately, the answer is: “Yes, usually.” However, if you have unpaid traffic tickets, there are steps you can still take to avoid being subject to a warrant or an arrest.

There are two kinds of traffic tickets in Detroit: “civil” infractions and “criminal” infractions (which include misdemeanors and felonies. To see a full list of which Michigan traffic tickets are civil infractions and which are misdemeanors and felonies, CLICK HERE.

Civil Traffic Ticket Warrants Detroit 36th District Court

If you have been issued a civil infraction traffic ticket you two ways to respond:

  1. To admit responsibility for the violation and pay the fine within 14 days.
  2. Deny responsibility and request a hearing within 14 days.

Failure to respond to the ticket within the allowed time period will result in a default (“automatic”) judgment against you, including points and fines.

On the 45th day following the 21st day (66 days), your license will be suspended. If your license has been suspended it will cost you an additional $45 (plus the ticket fine) to have it reinstated. The 36th District Court will then give you a clearance form which you must take to the Secretary of State to lift the suspension.

Now, not only does this put you in danger of getting a Driving on Suspended ticket, but the 36th District may also issue a warrant for the unpaid fines.

Remember, a first offense for Driving on a Suspended License comes with a fine of $500 and up to 93 days in jail!

And, in recent years, the 36th District Court has been cracking down on any type of unpaid fines – including traffic tickets. They will typically issue a Show Cause Hearing, where you will receive a notice to appear before in Court and explain why the fines were not paid. And failure to appear for hearing will result in a bench warrant being issued for your arrest.

Even worse – the failure to appear is itself a new Misdemeanor. So, as you can see, failing to pay court fines just “snowballs” until you take care of it.

Misdemeanor Traffic Ticket Warrants in 36th District Court

In Detroit’s 36th District Court, 64% of traffic misdemeanor cases end in warrants. Misdemeanor traffic tickets are considered “crimes” and can result in fines up to $1000 and/or up to 93 days in jail.

Typically if you are issued a misdemeanor ticket, you will be taken to the Detroit Detention Center, for processing and will be allowed to post bond. You will be given a future court date for arraignment, at which time you can enter a plea or request a future hearing.

If you fail to show up for a 36th District Court traffic misdemeanor arraignment and/or hearing and/or do not pay the ticket fine they will immediately issue a warrant for your arrest. There is not a “grace period” for a misdemeanor warrant, as there is for the civil infractions discussed above.

And, again, a new Failure to Appear misdemeanor will also be added to the traffic misdemeanor you are already facing.

What to Do If You Have a Traffic Warrant in 36th District Court

The 36th District Court has more than $243 million dollars in unpaid ticket fees- so they are getting very serious about collecting money they are owed. In some cases they will put people on a payment plan – but in many other cases they are now putting people in jail for unpaid tickets.

As experienced 36th District Court traffic ticket lawyers, we understand that this “pay or stay” program can create an undue hardship. Going to jail on a traffic ticket warrant can have serious consequences. You can be arrested in front of your children, or even lose your job!

For this reason it is essential to call an experienced 36th District Court Traffic Lawyer, if you have unpaid tickets, have missed a Court appearance or have reason to believe there may be a warrant for your arrest.

Detroit 36th District Court Traffic Warrant Lawyers

Our traffic lawyers can immediately step into action for you. We have had great success getting offenses set aside, as well as setting up payment plans – and taking other steps to ensure that you are not arrested.

Depending upon the amount you owe, or the offense you are being charged with there are many things that a skilled 36th District Court traffic lawyer can do for you. In some situations we may be able to file a Motion to Set Aside Default Judgment – to show the Judge “good cause” that the default Judgment against you be “set aside”.

36th District Chief Judge King was reported in the Detroit News as saying: “We’ll be going out and we’ll be knocking on doors, bringing people in and I may even … start booting cars, seizing property and whatever we have to do.”

Let our experienced 36th District Court Traffic lawyer stop the “snowball” and get you back on track – so you do not have to worry about warrants or arrests for 36th District Court traffic tickets.

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Traffic Ticket Lawyers in Detroit: 800-717-4757

Attorneys Explain 36th District Court Traffic Ticket Amnesty

Ask the Detroit Lawyers:
Does the 36th District Court
Have Traffic Ticket Amnesty?

As an experienced 36th District Court traffic lawyer, I am often asked if Detroit, Michigan has a traffic ticket “amnesty program.” Unfortunately, the short answer is, “No”. The 36th District Court Ticket Amnesty program has ended. However, there are still many things that an experienced traffic lawyer can do to get unpaid traffic tickets set aside, or have fines & penalties reduced.

How do Traffic Ticket Amnesty Programs Work?

A traffic ticket amnesty program offers people with traffic tickets they didn’t pay an opportunity to pay their past due fines, without being charged any late fees or other financial penalties. Sometimes people can even take care of traffic infraction arrest warrants for civil infractions and some misdemeanors – without fear of arrest.

Traffic judges will usually say that the amnesty program is being offered as a way to give people a “clean slate”. However, in reality, most Courts run an amnesty period as a way to bring in a large amount of cash from unpaid tickets – while also reducing their backlog of cases.

Does 36th District Court have a Traffic Ticket Amnesty Program?

Michigan’s 36th District Court is the largest District Court in the state. All traffic misdemeanor citations and civil traffic tickets (including statute and ordinance violations) that occur within the City of Detroit are handled in the 36th District Court.

Once in a great while, the 36th District Court has offered a traffic ticket amnesty program. However, there currently is no amnesty program being offered in Detroit’s 36th District Court.

Unfortunately, amnesty programs do not occur very often – and are typically only offered for a limited number of days. This year The 36th District Court offered an amnesty program that ran only for 3 days in conjunction with the Fourth of July.

In 2017, the 36th District Court offered a Traffic Ticket Amnesty Program from Saturday July 1st through noon on Tuesday July 4th. During this time, any adjudicated case in which fines and costs had been assessed were eligible to have all late fees, penalties, and warrant costs waived, upon payment in full of the ticket(s).

Our 36th District Court traffic lawyers have never seen a Wayne County District Court offer more than one amnesty program in the same year. So, it is unlikely that Detroit will offer more amnesty any time soon.

What to Do if You Missed the 36th District Court Traffic Ticket Amnesty Program

Remember that failing to respond to a traffic ticket in the allowed time automatically results in a Default Judgment or “conviction”. This means automatic assessment of any points and fines, as well as the accrual of late fees. Your driver’s license will be suspended – adding $45 to the original fine, to have it reinstated. And, finally a warrant for your arrest may be issued!

For this reason it is important to speak to skilled 36th District Court traffic lawyer, if you have unpaid tickets, missed any traffic related court hearing, or think there is probably a warrant for your arrest.

Detroit 36th District Court Traffic Ticket Lawyers

Our caring lawyers understand that you simply may not be able to afford to pay the tickets, so it was just seem “easier” to ignore them.  But, keep in mind, the fines and penalties will just continue to grow – and you may be in danger of getting arrested at your home, at your employer, during a minor traffic stop, or even if you are in traffic accident.

Our experienced traffic lawyers have successfully helped hundreds of people with unpaid traffic tickets in 36th District Court.

In many cases, depending upon the amounts you owe, and the traffic infraction with which you are being charged, we can file a Motion to Set Aside Default Judgment – to show the Judge “good cause” why the Default Judgment against you be “set aside”.  We can also arrange affordable payment plans. And we take every legal action to ensure that our clients are not arrested on a traffic warrant.

Call our experienced 36th District Court Traffic lawyers today. We can help get you back on track, and stop any worries about an arrest warrant for 36th District Court traffic tickets.

36th District Court Traffic Attorneys
Free Consultation: 800-717-4757

Attorneys Discuss Changes to Drunk Driving Ticket Law

Detroit Traffic Ticket Attorneys Explain
New Change to Michigan Drunk Driving Law

As experienced Detroit Drunk Driving Attorneys, we want to bring attention to a new – and disturbing – change in Michigan Drunk Driving law.

In a nutshell, the Michigan Supreme Court just expanded the definition of “drunk driving” to include moving your car, truck or motorcycle up and down your own private driveway.

While one might think that to be convicted of drunken driving you should actually be driving, the Michigan Supreme Court has ruled otherwise.

This all started in 2014 with a simple noise complaint. A state police trooper, responding to the complaint, parked his squad car in front of a Northville man’s home. The man backed his car out of his garage – but when he noticed the state trooper, he pulled back into the garage.

The man refused the field sobriety test, so the trooper arrested him for drunk driving in his own driveway – before he ever reached the street.

Is it Drunk Driving if you are on Private Property?

The man’s blood level later tested at three times the legal limit. So he was clearly drunk . . . but was he legally driving?

The first two courts ruled that he was not driving, based on Michigan’s drunk driving laws.

Michigan’s drunk driving law prohibits motorists under the influence of alcohol “from operating a vehicle upon a highway or other place open to the general public or generally accessible to motor vehicles, including an area designated for the parking of vehicles.”

The Oakland County Circuit Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals both agreed that his driveway was not “open to the general public or generally accessible” – meaning that he wasn’t driving drunk. And, most attorneys would also consider a driveway to be private, and not open to the public.

But the Michigan Supreme Court majority disagreed, ruling that the upper portion of a driveway is generally accessible to the public, even though they clearly would have to trespass to access it!

Are Arrests for Drunk Driving on Private Property Unfair?

As experienced Detroit drunk driving attorneys, we are forced to wonder whether this decision tramples on the Michigan residents’ civil liberties and respect for private property.

In fact, one of the Judges who disagreed with the Supreme Court ruling on Drunk Driving stated emphatically that “private property rights are, of course, central to our legal system.” Adding that, “If a private citizen chooses to have a few beers while washing his car (or to wash his car while having a few beers), on a patch of his own land covered by a driveway, that is his right.”

Everyone agrees that you should never drive while intoxicated. But our drunk driving attorneys want you to know that you can now legally be arrested in your own driveway – thanks to this overreaching interpretation of the law.

Our Detroit Traffic Ticket Attorneys Can Help

If you were arrested for drunk driving in Detroit or anywhere in Southeast Michigan our skilled and experienced traffic attorneys are here to help. Call us today so we can look at all of the factors in your case, to ensure that you have the best defense and get the best possible results in your drunk driving case.

Detroit Traffic & Drunk Driving Attorneys
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Attorneys Explain 46th District Court Traffic Ticket Amnesty

Ask the Southfield Attorneys:
Does the 46th District Court
Have Traffic Ticket Amnesty?

As an experienced 46th District Court traffic attorney, I am often asked if Southfield, Michigan has a traffic ticket “amnesty program.” The short answer is, unfortunately, “No, not currently.” However, there are still many things a traffic attorney can do to get unpaid traffic tickets set aside, or have fines and penalties reduced.

What is a Traffic Ticket Amnesty Program?

A traffic ticket amnesty program offers people with overdue traffic tickets – and sometimes other misdemeanor violations – the chance to pay a past due fine, without being charged late fees and other financial penalties.

During an amnesty period, people with delinquent traffic cases can also take care of old traffic tickets and – and even warrants for civil infractions and some misdemeanors – without fear of arrest.

Courts usually say that the amnesty programs are aimed at giving violators a “clean slate”. But the reality is that most Courts offer amnesty as a way to bring in a large chunk of revenue from unpaid tickets – while also reducing their backlog of cases.

Does the 46th District Court have a Traffic Ticket Amnesty Program?

Michigan’s 46th District Court includes Southfield, Lathrup Village, Beverly Hills, Franklin, Bingham Farms and Southfield Township.

Very occasionally in the past the 46th District Court has offered a traffic ticket amnesty program. However, there is no current amnesty being offered in Southfield’s 46th District Court.

Unfortunately, these type of ticket relief programs do not come around very often – and are only offered for a limited number of days. This year The 46th District Court offered an amnesty program that ran for one month from April 17 through May 12.

That amnesty program waived late fees on eligible traffic tickets and parking violations – and also waived late fees and warrant fees on eligible traffic misdemeanors that did not require a court appearance.

Our 46th District Court traffic attorneys have never seen an Oakland County District Court offer more than one amnesty program in the same year. So, it is unlikely that Southfield will offer more amnesty any time soon.

What to Do if You Missed the 46th District Court Traffic Ticket Amnesty Program

Failure to respond to a traffic ticket within the allowed time period will automatically result in a default judgment (“guilty conviction”) against you, including automatic assessment of any points and fines. Next, late fees will accrue, and your license will be suspended – which adds an additional fine to the ticket to have it reinstated. Finally an arrest warrant may be issued!

For this reason it is important to speak to an experienced 46th District Court traffic attorney, if you have unpaid tickets, missed a traffic related court hearing, or believe there may be a warrant for your arrest.

46th District Court Traffic Ticket Attorneys

Our caring attorneys understand that you may not be able to afford the tickets, and that you may feel hopeless about ever paying off your fines… so it may just seem “easier” to ignore them.  But, unfortunately, the fines and penalties will just continue to grow – and you may be in danger of being arrested at home, at work, during a routine traffic stop, or even if you are in a minor fender bender.

Our experienced traffic lawyers can immediately spring into action for you. We have successfully handed hundreds of traffic ticket cases in 46th District Court where we have gotten traffic offenses set aside, set up payment plans, or taken other action to ensure that our clients are not arrested.

Depending upon the money you owe, and the traffic violation with which you are being charged, there are numerous things that our experienced 36th District Court traffic attorneys can do. In some cases we can even file a Motion to Set Aside Default Judgment – to show the Judge “good cause” why the Default Judgment against you be “set aside”.

Call our experienced 46th District Court Traffic lawyers today – stop the “snowball effect” and get you back on track – so you no longer have to worry about an arrest warrant for 46th District Court traffic tickets.

46th District Court Traffic Attorneys
Free Consultation: 800-717-4757

Traffic Ticket Lawyers in Detroit: Driving Without a License

Driving Without a License Traffic Tickets in Detroit

Driving without a license can happen for a variety of reasons. In many cases, our experienced Detroit traffic ticket lawyers have represented people that didn’t even realize that they were driving without a license. In this article our Detroit traffic ticket lawyers explain the different types of driving without a license tickets, and how to handle them.

Types of driving without a license traffic tickets situations:

(1.) No License with You

In this case, you have a valid driver’s license but it’s not with you (or you can’t find it) when you are pulled over. In most cases this ticket will be dismissed once you pay a small fine and prove that you had a valid license at the time of the ticket.

Note that you can also get a $90 ticket in Detroit for failing to change your address on your Driver’s license, too.

(2.) No Valid Driver’s License

This occurs if you never applied for a driver’s license, or if you once had a valid license and it expired. This is a violation of Michigan Motor Vehicle Code § 257.325, which requires all motor vehicle operators to possess a valid license. Tickets may include fines of $150 to $500.

(3.) Driving on a Suspended Driver’s License

A driver’s license can be suspended for many reasons. In Michigan your license will be suspended if you accumulate 12 or more points. The City of Detroit will also suspend your driver’s license fairly quickly for any unpaid tickets.

When a driver’s license is suspended, the driver is given a start and end date to the suspension. At the end of that period of time, they must go into a local Secretary of State branch office and pay a reinstatement fee. Many people wrongly assume that their reinstatement is “automatic” at the end of suspension – and end up inadvertently driving on a still suspended license.

A first offense for driving on a suspended license is punishable by a fine of $500 and up to 93 days in jail. So this is not something to take lightly. If you were ticketed for driving on a suspended license in Detroit it is essential to contact an experienced Detroit traffic ticket lawyer to ensure you do not receive jail time.

(4.) Driving on a Revoked Driver’s License

A driver’s license may be revoked – which is more serious than a suspension – for a number of reasons in Michigan, including: drunk driving (OWI/DWI/DUI); refusing to take a blood alcohol (BAC) test; or using a vehicle to commit a felony.

If a driver’s license is revoked, the river can typically reapply after 1 year. However, if it is revoked again, the driver will have to wait 5 years to reapply.

A first offense for driving revoked license is punishable by a fine of $500 and up to 93 days in jail. This is a very serious matter. If you were ticketed for driving on a revoked license in Detroit it is important to contact an experienced Detroit traffic ticket lawyer to ensure that you do not get any jail time.

Fighting a Driving Without a License Traffic Ticket in Detroit

Fighting a “driving without a license charge” can be difficult – because it is not a matter of opinion. It is simply a fact that can be objectively proven, if you do not have a valid driver’s license.

For this reason you should never try to fight a driving without a license ticket on your won without an attorney. The judge will simply see that you had no license and you will lose.

However, our experienced Detroit traffic ticket lawyers know the law, know the cops, know the prosecutors and judges, and know how to negotiate the best results in your traffic case. We can get fines reduced, and help you avoid jail time.

Best Traffic Ticket Lawyers in Detroit

Our Detroit traffic ticket lawyers have successfully defended clients in hundreds of “driving on suspended” cases. Our skilled legal team has established a reputation as top traffic lawyers in Detroit by consistently earning great results in tough cases. If you have received a traffic ticket in Detroit – or anywhere in Michigan – call our experienced traffic ticket lawyers today for a free consultation.

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