Southfield Traffic Attorneys Discuss:
Fighting Traffic Tickets in 46th District Court
So you received a traffic ticket in Southfield. We know that sinking feeling when you get pulled over. Now what do you do? Our experienced Southfield traffic attorneys have helped hundreds of people fight or dismiss traffic tickets in Southfield. Here’s what you need to know.
Dismissing Traffic Tickets in Southfield with Traffic School
Some traffic tickets can be dismissed by attending a basic driver improvement course. Not all traffic offenses qualify for this. Read more about traffic school here. To see if your offense “qualifies” for a “traffic school” dismissal call our traffic attorneys at: 800-717-4757
If your traffic ticket is not for a min or offense, or if you have 2 points on your driving record, or if your ticket carries 3 or more points it cannot be dismissed by attending traffic school.
Learn more about Traffic School HERE.
How to Fight Traffic Tickets in Southfield
The only way to “fight” a traffic ticket in Southfield Michigan is by pleading not guilty – in a timely fashion.
If you pay the ticket, you are admitting responsibility and you give up your right to “fight” the ticket. Similarly, if you do nothing and ignore the ticket, you will be considered guilty by “default” and you also give up your right to fight the traffic ticket.
The length of time you have to fight a ticket is very limited. It will depend upon where you received the ticket. In Southfield 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 respond is typically printed on the ticket. If you are unsure, or you have lost your ticket, you may call the Southfield District Court – or call our office and speak to a traffic attorney at: 800-717-4757
Fighting the Ticket
Once you have entered your plea, you may request either an informal hearing or a formal hearing. We recommend that you request a formal hearing. If you request an informal hearing you are not allowed to have an attorney. – and so you are “on your own” against the police officer and the magistrate (judge)!
Remember pleading not guilty means you believe that you did not violate the law. So you will be required by the magistrate (traffic judge) to present “evidence” to prove that you are innocent. And when it comes to “your word” versus the police officer’s word – we all know who the magistrate is going to believe.
Hiring a Southfield Traffic Attorney Improves Your Chance of Beating a Ticket
Michigan does not provide court-appointed lawyer for traffic violations. So it is wise to consider hiring a Southfield traffic ticket attorney to appear at the hearing and fight your ticket.
An experienced Southfield traffic attorney will know how to argue the law (and exceptions or special circumstances) that may apply in your case. An experienced Southfield traffic attorney can also call witnesses, present evidence, question the officer who issued the citation, even negotiate with the prosecutor or city attorney to have your charges dropped or reduced.
Addressing a ticket “head on” with the advice or representation of a skilled Southfield traffic attorney is always the best way to get a ticket reduced or possibly even dismissed.
In most cases, investing a relatively small amount of money in an experienced Southfield traffic attorney more than pays for itself. Having an attorney get your ticket reduced or dismissed can save you thousands of dollars when you consider fines, insurance increases, driver responsibility fees and license restoration costs later.
Our Southfield Traffic Attorneys Can Help. CALL: 800-717-4757
If you received a traffic ticket in Southfield, Oakland County, or anywhere in Michigan do not pay the ticket until you talk to one of our experienced attorneys. We have helped hundreds of people “beat” their tickets – we can help you, too.