Detroit Traffic Attorneys: Failing to Stop Tickets

Getting pulled over for Failing to Stop is a common traffic offense in Detroit. When you are issued a Failing to Stop ticket you know that there will be fines, points, court appearances and possible insurance increases. Knowing how to fight a Failing to Stop ticket can be confusing.

As experienced Detroit traffic attorneys, we have helped hundreds of Detroit residents obtain the best results with their Failing to Stop ticket. This article covers some of the basics of Failing to Stop tickets, to help you understand the consequences you could face – and how you can reduce fines, avoid points and ultimately prevent unnecessary insurance increases.

Traffic Fines for Detroit Failing to Stop Tickets

The fines that are assessed for Failing to Stop tickets are determined by the district (city) where you received your traffic ticket. Typically, the fee for a Failing to Stop ticket will be listed on the ticket you received.

Below are the Failing to Stop ticket fines in the City of Detroit effective at the time this was written in January 2017. Remember that Detroit traffic ticket fines can increase from time to time.

Detroit Failing to Stop Ticket Fines

Red Light, Yellow Light or Red Flasher     $130.00                ($170.00 after 14 days)

Failed to Stop at Railroad Signal                 $225.00                 ($265.00 after 14 days)

Failed to Stop at Stop Sign                            $130.00                 ($170.00 after 14 days)

Failed to Stop For School Bus                      $295.00                 ($335.00 after 14 days)

Failed to Yield Right of Way                         $130.00                 ($170.00 after 14 days)

Failed to Yield to Emergency Vehicle       $150.00 ($190.00 after 14 days)

Failed to Yield to Pedestrian                        $130.00                 ($170.00 after 14 days)

If you have misplaced your Detroit Failing to Stop ticket, you can also call the 36th District Court traffic division (313-965-8700) to ask what the fine is for your specific infraction.

Traffic Points for Detroit Failing to Stop Tickets

Unlike traffic fees, which are set on a city-by-city basis, the same traffic ticket points are issued across the entire State of Michigan. Point values are assigned to each traffic violation – with more points given for more severe traffic offenses.

Detroit Failing to Stop Ticket Points

Six Points

        • Failing to stop and give identification at the scene of a crash

Four Points

        • Failing to yield/show due caution for emergency vehicles

Three Points

        • Failing to stop at a traffic signal or stop sign
        • Failing to stop at railroad crossing
        • Failing to stop for a school bus or for disobeying a school crossing guard

If you are convicted of a Failing to Stop – or if you “admit responsibility” by paying the ticket – the points will go on your driving record and stay on your driving record for 2 years from the date of the conviction.

Your Michigan driver’s license can be restricted, suspended, or revoked by the Michigan Secretary of State if you accumulate too many traffic ticket points.

If you accumulate points on your driving record, your Michigan auto insurance rates will also increase – often by several hundred dollars. In some cases, an insurance provider might even drop your insurance coverage. And since auto insurance is a legal requirement in Michigan, losing your insurance means you cannot legally drive.

How Attorneys “Beat” a Detroit Failing to Stop Ticket

If you simply pay your ticket, without going to a court hearing, you are considered to have “admitted responsibility” and you will be given the fines and points discussed above. Similarly, if you simply ignore your Failing to Stop ticket and do not pay it or do not schedule a hearing, you automatically lose “by default” and will also incur these fines and points.

But, if you request a court hearing – and you have an experienced Detroit traffic attorney represent you – there is an excellent chance that you will be able to avoid or reduce the fines and points.

An experienced Detroit traffic attorney will know the prosecutors and the judges.  An experienced Detroit traffic attorney will also be familiar with the 36th District Court’s policies, procedures and likely outcomes. The attorney can often negotiate or work out a “deal” for you that involved lower fines and/or no or fewer points.

In most cases, investing a relatively small amount of money in an experienced Detroit traffic attorney now can save you thousands of dollars in fines, insurance increases, driver responsibility fees & license restoration costs later!

Our Detroit Traffic Attorneys Can Help

Our experienced Detroit Failing to Stop ticket attorneys will fight aggressively to help you “beat” or reduce your Detroit Failing to Stop ticket. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss your Detroit Failing to Stop ticket, or any other driving infraction, in Detroit or anywhere in Michigan.