Detroit Traffic Attorneys: Detroit Speeding Tickets
Getting pulled over for speeding is a sinking feeling. When you are issued a speeding ticket you know that there will be fines, points, court appearances and possible insurance increases. Knowing what to do, or how to fight the speeding ticket can be confusing.
As experienced Detroit traffic attorneys, we have helped hundreds of Detroiters get the best results with their speeding ticket. We’ve outlined some of the speeding ticket basics to help you understand what consequences you could face – and how you can reduce fines, avoid points and ultimately prevent unnecessary insurance increases.
Traffic Fines for Detroit Speeding Tickets
The fines that are assessed for speeding tickets are determined by the district (city) where you received your traffic ticket. Typically, the fee for a speeding ticket will be listed on the ticket you received.
Below are the speeding 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 Speeding Ticket Fines
1-5/mph Over Speed Limit: $125.00 ($165.00 after 14 days)
6-10/mph Over Speed Limit: $135.00 ($175.00 after 14 days)
11-15/mph Over Speed Limit: $150.00 ($190.00 after 14 days)
16-20/mph Over Speed Limit: $170.00 ($210.00 after 14 days)
21-30 /mph Over Speed Limit: $180.00 ($220.00 after 14 days)
31/mph + Over Speed Limit: $195.00 ($235.00 after 14 days)
If you have misplaced your Detroit speeding ticket and do not know how many miles per hour over the speeding ticket was for, you can call the 36th District Court traffic division (313-965-8700) to ask what your fine will be.
Traffic Points for Detroit Speeding Tickets
Unlike the fees, which are set city-by-city, the same traffic ticket point system is in effect for the entire State of Michigan. Point values are assigned to each traffic violation – with more points given for more severe traffic offenses.
Detroit Speeding Ticket Points
10 mph or less over the legal speed limit: 2 points
11 through 15 mph over the legal speed limit: 3 points
16 mph or more over the legal speed limit: 4 points
If you are convicted of a speeding – or if you “admit responsibility” by paying the ticket – the points will go on your driving record and remain there 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 Speeding 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 speeding 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 Fight Speeding Tickets
Our experienced Detroit speeding ticket attorneys will fight aggressively to help you “beat” or reduce your Detroit speeding ticket. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss your Detroit speeding ticket, or any other driving infraction, in Detroit or anywhere in Michigan.