How Detroit Traffic Attorneys Fight Tickets

Detroit Traffic Attorneys Discuss:
Fighting Tickets in 36th District Court

We hate that sinking feeling you get when you are pulled over. Then you get the traffic ticket – so now what do you do? Our experienced Detroit traffic attorneys have helped hundreds of men and women fight their traffic tickets in Detroit – getting them reduced or even dismissed. Here’s what you need to know.

Dismissing Traffic Tickets in Detroit with Traffic School

Some “minor” traffic tickets can be dismissed by attending “traffic school” – also called a  basic driver improvement course or “BDIC”. However, not all traffic tickets are eligible for this. If your traffic ticket is not for a minor offense, or if you have 2 points or more on your driving record, or if your ticket carries 3 or more points, it cannot be dismissed by attending traffic courses.

Read more about traffic school HERE. Or, to see if your ticket is eligible” for a “BDIC” dismissal call our traffic attorneys at:  800-717-4757

How to Fight Traffic Tickets in Detroit

There is only one thing you can do to “fight” a traffic ticket in Detroit Michigan: plead not guilty – within the timeframe stated on your ticket.

Once you go ahead pay the ticket, you are admitting your guilt, and you give up your right to “fight” the ticket. Additionally, if you ignore the ticket and do nothing within the time limit, you will be considered guilty by “default” – and you can no longer fight the traffic ticket.

Remember, the length of time you have to plead not guilty and fight a ticket is very limited. It will depend upon where you received the ticket. In Detroit (36th District Court) you typically have only 14 days to plead “not guilty” or “not responsible” to a civil traffic citation.

The length of time you have to plead not guilty should be printed on your traffic ticket. If you have lost your ticket, or are unsure of what is says, you may call the 36th District Court – or call our office and speak to a traffic attorney at no charge: 800-717-4757

Fighting the Traffic Ticket

Once you have entered your not guilty plea, you may ask for either an informal hearing or a formal hearing. We strongly suggest that you request a formal hearing. If you ask for an informal hearing you are not allowed to have an attorney – which means you are “on your own” against the police officer when you appear before the magistrate (judge)!

Remember pleading not guilty means you are claiming that you did not violate the law. So you will be required by the traffic judge (magistrate) to present “evidence” to prove that your innocence. This means it will be “your word” versus the police officer’s word – we all know who the traffic judge is likely going to believe.

Hiring a Detroit Traffic Attorney Improves Your Chance of Beating a Ticket

You are not provided a court-appointed lawyer for traffic violations. (Unless they are crimes in which you are facing jail time). So it is smart to consider hiring a Detroit traffic ticket attorney to appear at the traffic hearing and fight your ticket for you.

A skilled Detroit traffic attorney will know how to argue the law. They will be familiar with exceptions or special circumstances that may apply in your case. An experienced Detroit traffic attorney can also call witnesses to the stand, present evidence, question the officer who issued the ticket, and negotiate with the city attorney (prosecutor) to have your charges dropped or reduced.

Addressing a ticket “head on” with the representation of a skilled traffic attorney is always the best way to get a ticket reduced or possibly even dismissed in Detroit’s 36th District Court.

In most cases, investing a comparatively small amount of money in an experienced Detroit traffic attorney will more than pay for itself. Having an lawyer get your ticket reduced or dismissed can save you thousands of dollars in fines, court costs, car insurance increases, driver responsibility fees and license restoration costs later.

Our Detroit Traffic Attorneys Can Help. CALL:  800-717-4757

If you received a traffic ticket in Detroit or in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb County call our office right away.  We have helped hundreds of people “beat” their tickets – we can help you, too.

Civil Infraction Traffic Tickets in Southfield

Southfield Traffic Attorneys Explain:
Civil Infraction Tickets in 46th District Court

If you received a traffic ticket in Southfield, Michigan, it is important that you understand what steps to take. Taking the right steps can protect your driving record – and help you avoid costly fines, points & expensive insurance increases.

While traffic violations in Southfield Michigan can be a civil infraction, a misdemeanor, or a felony, the majority of traffic violations are civil infractions. Each type of violation is handled differently. This article discusses Civil Infractions in Southfield Michigan (46th District Court).

For information on misdemeanor or felony traffic incidents, Click Here.

Civil Infraction Traffic Tickets in Southfield

Southfield traffic tickets are handled in the 46th District Court. There are actually six official “options” that Southfield now offers for responding to a civil traffic infraction. Choosing the wrong option can result in fines and points on your driving record. And we all know that too many points can result in a driver’s license suspension and huge insurance premiums increases.

Six Options for Civil Traffic Tickets in 46th District Court

(1.) Admit Responsibility –

If you simply pay the ticket, you are “admitting responsibility”.   You do avoid late fees if you remit payment within 14 days of your citation’s issue date.

But, you will end up having to pay the full fine AND the points for that infraction will be added to your driving record. In other words, if you admit responsibility you are pleading “guilty as charged” and there is NO way to reduce fines or points.

(2.) Admit Responsibility with Explanation

The 46th District Court also allows you to send a letter to the Court, with an explanation of the circumstances that you want the Court to take into consideration when deciding the amount of your fines and costs.

But, since you are still “admitting responsibility” this option does not ever result in a dismissal, or a reduced charge. And,  the points for the traffic ticket will also will not be reduced.

The only thing this approach can potentially accomplish is a possible (but not guaranteed) reduction in the fine – and the avoidance of late fees if the letter is received by the court within 14 days.

(3.) Request a Civil Infraction Conference

Under some limited circumstances the 46th district Court will allow you to schedule a conference with a police department representative. This option is only available to individuals with good driving records. In this conference you and the representative from the police department try to reach a “plea agreement”.

The officer who issued your ticket will not be there. And you are not allowed to be represented by an attorney at the civil infraction conference.

To reach an agreement you will still have to plead guilty to something – but it may be a lesser charge than the one with which you were charged. If you cannot reach a plea agreement, you may then deny responsibility for the charge and request either an informal or formal hearing. This means you would then have to come back for a second court date.

(4.) Deny Responsibility a& Request Informal Hearing

If you deny responsibility (plead “not guilty”) you may request an Informal Hearing in front of a Magistrate or a Formal Hearing in front of a Judge. In either case the officer who issued your ticket will be subpoenaed to attend the hearing.

In an informal hearing you are not allowed to have an attorney. So it is basically “your word against the police officers word.” If the Magistrate believes the police office, you lose.  This can be risky – because we all know who the Magistrate is likely to believe.

(5.) Online Ticket and Warrant Review & Resolution

Very recently, the 46th District Court began offering online case review as a part of a new initiative. In some cases civil traffic citations can be resolved using this online process – rather than appearing in court.

However, online review has the drawback of limiting the “evidence” you can present. Online review also eliminates the substantial advantage you can receive from having an experienced traffic attorney try or negotiate your case.

(6.) Deny Responsibility & Request Formal Hearing

This option is the best option for reducing, dismissing or “beating” a traffic ticket in Southfield Michigan (46th District Court).  You will get to appear before an actual Judge and you are allowed to have an attorney present.

A skilled attorney can present facts, evidence & witnesses to help you “beat” your ticket. An experienced traffic attorney can also effectively negotiate with the prosecutor to get your charge reduced or your case dismissed.

In many cases the person who received the ticket does not even have to appear in Court if they request a formal hearing and have an attorney! This can save you valuable time, and you do not have to miss work.

Our experienced traffic attorneys have “beat” hundreds of civil traffic citations in the Southfield 46th District Court.

Our Southfield Traffic Attorneys Can Help

If you are facing a civil traffic infraction, call our experienced Southfield traffic attorneys today. We will give you a free consultation to explain your options. We have helped hundreds of people reduce their fines and points, avoid costly insurance increases and even get their charges dismissed. We are here to help you too.

Southfield Traffic Attorneys Explain the 3 Kinds of Tickets

Southfield Traffic Attorneys Explain:
The 3 Types of Traffic Infractions

If you received a traffic ticket in Southfield, Michigan, it is important that you understand your rights. You must choose your next step wisely in order to protect your driving record – and avoid costly insurance increases and/or even jail time.

Traffic tickets in Southfield Michigan can be a civil infraction, a misdemeanor, or a felony. Each is handled differently. Our experienced Southfield Traffic Attorneys have handle hundreds of traffic civil infractions, misdemeanors and felonies. Here are the “basics” of what you need to know about the three types of traffic infractions.

There are Three Types of Traffic Tickets

(1.) Civil Infraction Traffic Tickets in Southfield

The majority of traffic tickets are civil infractions. This means that they are not considered a “crime” and that there is no possible jail time if you are convicted. However, most civil infractions still come with hefty fines – and points on your driving record that can add up to license suspension and/or can cause your insurance to skyrocket.

Southfield traffic tickets are handled in the 46th District Court here are actually 5 options that Southfield now offers for responding to a civil traffic infraction. Choosing the right option can often result in reduced fines or points – or even a complete dismissal. But choosing the wrong option can result in large fines and points that can result in license suspension or insurance increases.

If you have received a civil traffic infraction in Southfield Michigan, call our experienced & affordable traffic attorneys. We can help you make sure you handle your civil traffic infraction in the best way possible!

Click Here to Learn More About Civil Traffic Infractions in Southfield.

(2.) Misdemeanor Traffic Tickets in Southfield

A traffic case is a misdemeanor if the penalty for that offense may include a jail sentence for 93 days or less. Remember a misdemeanor is a crime – which will result in a criminal record. And if you fail to appear for your traffic misdemeanor hearing (arraignment) a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest.

It is important to know that traffic misdemeanors can NEVER be removed from a person’s criminal record! And, they can also – in some cases – keep you from being able to remove or “expunge” other crimes from your record. So ignoring a traffic misdemeanor – or pleading guilty and paying the fine – is never a good option. You can end up with a criminal record FOR LIFE.

Common Southfield Traffic Misdemeanor Tickets include: Reckless Driving, Driving with a Suspended License, Leaving the Scene of An Accident.

Because a traffic misdemeanor has such serious consequences, it is important to discuss your options with an experienced traffic attorney. An experienced attorney can often negotiate to have your charges, fines and points reduced – or even dismissed.

Our attorneys will work to protect your rights and driving privileges, while fighting to help you to avoid additional misdemeanor penalties such as jail time or fines.

(3.) Felony Traffic Offense in Southfield

If you are arrested for a traffic violation for which the penalty exceeds 93 days in jail, you will be issued a felony “complaint” by the prosecutor, rather than a “ticket.” You will likely be arrested “on the spot” – however if you are not taken into custody at the time of the offense, a warrant for your arrest will be issued.

Traffic felonies can include: third offense OWI/DUI, vehicular manslaughter, negligent homicide, leaving a child unattended in a vehicle, throwing dangerous objects from a vehicle.

Obviously a felony conviction is a very serious matter. Not only can you lose your license and go to jail, you can also lose your job and/or not be able to find a job in the future because of your criminal record.

Under no circumstances should you try to represent yourself in a felony traffic case. Nor do we recommend court appointed lawyers – because you never know who will be representing you in one of the most important matters of your life.

If you are facing a felony traffic offense in 46th District Court – or anywhere in wayne, Macomb or Oakland County – call our experienced traffic attorneys. Your freedom, your job and your financial future is on the line. Our skilled, aggressive and affordable traffic attorneys will give you a free consultation so you understand your rights.

Our Southfield Traffic Attorneys Can Help

If you are facing a civil, misdemeanor or felony traffic charge, call our experienced SOuthfield traffic attorneys today. We will give you a free consultation to explain your options. We have helped hundreds of people avoid jail time, reduce their fines and points, and even get their charges dismissed. We are here to help you too.

Southfield Traffic Ticket Fines

Southfield Traffic Attorneys List:
Ticket Fines 46th District Court

Our experienced Southfield traffic attorneys have listed the most common traffic ticket fines in Southfield Michigan (46th District Court).

NOTE: Traffic points are the same in every Michigan Court. However, these traffic fines may differ from court to court.

The traffic ticket fines are current as of April 1, 2017. Traffic ticket fines can and do change. If your traffic ticket fine is not listed on your ticket, or you have lost your ticket, call the 46th District Court. If you would like to fight your ticket, please call one of our experienced Southfield traffic attorneys for a free consultation.

Hiring an experienced Southfield traffic attorney is the best way to reduce or beat a ticket, and avoid fines, points and insurance increases.

Southfield Moving Violation Ticket Fines

General Violation Paid WITHIN 14 days Paid AFTER 14 days
Careless Driving $205 $245
Child Restraint Violation $115 $150
Disobey Stop Sign $130 $165
Disobey Traffic Control Device $130 $165
Disobey Traffic Signal $130 $165
Wrong Way on One Way Street $130 $165
Equipment Violation $115 $150
Defective Equipment $115 $150
Expired Plate $130 $165
Failure to Signal 130 $165
Failure to Yield $130 $165
Failure to Stop w Clear Distance $130 $165
Failure to Stop for School Bus $325 $360
Failure to Maintain Minimum Speed $130 $165
Following Too Close $130 $165
Impeding/Blockading Moving Traffic $150 $185
Improper or Prohibited Passing $130 $165
Improper Lane Usage $130 $165
Improper Turn $130 $165
No Valid Plate $115 $150
Seat Belt Violation $65 $100
Use of Handheld Cell Phone $70 $105

Southfield Speeding Ticket Fines

Speeding Violations

General Violation Paid WITHIN 14 days Paid AFTER 14 days
1-5 MPH Over Limit $120 $155
6-10 MPH Over Limit $125 $160
11-15 MPH Over Limit $145 $180
16-20 MPH Over Limit $160 $195
21-25 MPH Over Limit $170 $205
26-30 MPH Over Limit $185 $220
31 + MPH Over Limit $205 $240

Tickets with Waivable Fines

The following violations may be cleared without a fine or costs IF you:

  • Correct the violation; and
  • Present the citation to any law enforcement officer to certify the correction; and
  • Mail or present it to the 46th District Court within 14 calendar days of issue.

If certification is not obtained in 14 days, these fees apply:

Offense Paid WITHIN 14 days Paid AFTER 14 days
No Proof of Registration $115 $150
Defective Equipment $115 $150
No Valid License in Possession $220 $255

Our Southfield Traffic Ticket Attorneys Can Help

If you have received a traffic infraction , call our experienced Southfield traffic attorneys today. We will give you a free consultation to explain your options. We have helped hundreds of people reduce their fines and points, avoid costly insurance premium increases and in many cases get their tickets dismissed. We are here to help you too.

Dismiss Traffic Tickets with Traffic School

Southfield Attorneys Explain:
Dismissing a Michigan Traffic Ticket With a
Driver Improvement Course (“Traffic School”)

If you received a traffic ticket for a minor traffic offense, the Michigan Secretary of State may allow you to complete a basic driver improvement course (“BDIC”) in order to reduce or dismiss the traffic ticket.

These classes are sometimes called “traffic school” or “defensive driving classes.” A driver improvement program may take anywhere from 4 to 12 hours to complete – and can cost up to $100.

When taking a defensive driving course to dismiss a ticket, the course must be completed within 60 days.

Completing a basic driver improvement course, in certain cases, may allow you to:

  • Dismiss a traffic ticket
  • Avoid a driver’s license suspension
  • Avoid points on your driving record
  • Avoid increased auto insurance rates
  • Qualify for a “safe driving” car insurance discount
  • Satisfy certain Court requirements
  • Satisfy certain Michigan DMV requirements

Basic Driver Improvement Courses are aimed at providing a “refresher” on traffic laws, as well as basic driving and safety skills. The purpose of these courses is to help reduce a person’s chances of committing traffic violations and/or being involved in automobile accidents.

Traffic School courses cover topics, including:

  • Basic safe driving
  • Michigan traffic laws
  • Sharing the road
  • Drunk Driving violations & consequences

In most cases, a person has the option of completing traffic school online or in person. For a complete list of approved “traffic school” programs is listed on the Michigan Secretary of State web site.

How to Dismiss a Michigan Traffic Ticket with Traffic School

Not all traffic tickets can be dismissed by attending a driver improvement course. Generally, a person may be eligible to dismiss a traffic ticket by attending a BDIC if:

  • They have a valid, non-commercial driver’s license.
  • They have 2 points or less on your driving record.
  • The traffic ticket is for a non-criminal offense.
  • The traffic ticket for an eligible offense
  • The traffic ticket carries 3 points or less, including:
    • Speeding
    • Following too closely.
    • Running a stop sign or traffic light.

If you are eligible to take “traffic school” to dismiss a traffic ticket, the Michigan Secretary of State will typically mail you a notification letter.

Our Southfield Traffic Attorneys Can
Help Get Your Ticket Dismissed

If you received a traffic ticket in Southfield, the Detroit Area, or anywhere in Oakland, Macomb or Wayne County call our traffic attorneys. We can let you know if your offense may be able to be dismissed with a basic driver improvement course. Our traffic attorneys can help you protect your driving record!