5 Reasons Why Romulus Issues so Many Traffic Tickets

5 Reasons Why Romulus Issues so Many Traffic Tickets

Our traffic ticket attorneys represent men and women across all of Southeast Michigan – but nowhere does there seem to be a higher number of traffic tickets than in Romulus! In this article our traffic lawyers explain some of the possible reasons why Romulus is the “ticket capital” of the Detroit area.

(1.) Romulus Has 5 Police Entities that Can Write Tickets

Unfortunately, there are four police departments who can give you a traffic ticket if you are driving in Romulus, Michigan – which is higher than almost any other city in Southeast Michigan. And more cops simply means more tickets.

The Romulus Police Department has jurisdiction to issue traffic tickets in Romulus. And since Romulus is in Wayne County, you can also receive a traffic ticket from a Wayne County Sheriff deputy. Additionally, the Michigan State Police have jurisdiction to issue traffic tickets on any highways (such as I-275 and I-94) , as well as in towns and cities anywhere within the state of Michigan.

However, people often do not realize that a fourth police department, The Detroit Metro Airport Police, has the authority to issue tickets at Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) which is also in Romulus.

Unfortunately, this means that if you commit even a minor, unintentional driving mistake in Romulus there’s probably an officer nearby ready to write you a ticket.

(2.) Police Department Traffic Ticket “Quotas”

Romulus, like most jurisdictions have a target number of tickets for officers to issue every month. While police departments do not like to call them “quotas” that is essentially what they are. And failure of a traffic police officer to write enough tickets will reflect poorly in their “performance standard review.”

(3.) Romulus Traffic Tickets are Big  Revenue

According to an article in Detroit Business Journal DBusiness, the revenue from traffic tickets for the Romulus 34th District Court was more than $23.9 million for 2005-2009. While Romulus only has a population of 23,281 (2016), according to that article 238,788 moving violations were issued in Romulus during this period!

As you can see that’s traffic tickets equate to BIG revenue for a small city.

(4.) NHTSA Grants Ride on Traffic Ticket

The federal government provides grant money to many local police departments through National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) Grants. Examples of these grant programs are seat belt enforcement initiatives and drunk driving prevention road checks around the holidays.

But in order to receive federal grant money the Police Department must report the number of traffic stops and traffic tickets issued – so the NHTSA can confirm that its grant money is being properly allocated. In other words, more tickets equals more grant money in the future.

(3.) Out of State Residents are Airport Traffic Ticket Targets

Finally, the presence of Detroit Metro Airport in Romulus is a big contributor to the number of traffic tickets written in Romulus. More than 34 million travelers pass through Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) in Romulus every year – creating thousands of potential traffic ticket victims.

And, most jurisdictions love to target out-of-town visitors, since they know non-residents will often just pay the ticket rather than having to return and fight it.

Romulus Traffic Attorney Beats Traffic Tickets

Whether you live in Romulus, or were just passing through, our experienced traffic attorneys are committed to offering you the most effective representation in your traffic ticket case. We provide the most skilled and aggressive representation at the most affordable prices. And your first consultation is always FREE.

In many situations we can even represent you without the need for you to appear in court – so there is no need for you to return to Romulus!

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Romulus Traffic Attorney: 800-717-4757

Steps to Beating a Romulus Traffic Ticket

How Lawyers “Beat” a Romulus Traffic Ticket

Unfortunately, there are four police entities who can give you a traffic ticket if you are driving in Romulus, Michigan. So even if you unintentionally commit a minor traffic mistake, there’s a good chance you will be observed and pulled over by an officer.

Obviously, the Romulus Police Department have jurisdiction to issue traffic tickets in Romulus. And since Romulus is located in Wayne County, there is also the possibility of receiving a traffic ticket from a Wayne County Sheriff deputy. Additionally, the Michigan State Police have jurisdiction to issue traffic tickets on any highways (including I-275 and I-94) , as well as all the towns and cities anywhere within the state of Michigan.

However, people often do not realize that a fourth police entity – The Detroit Metro Airport Police – has the authority to provide law enforcement services to all Airport Authority locations in Detroit including Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) which is in Romulus.

Steps to Fight Traffic Tickets in Romulus

(1.) Plead Not Guilty to the Traffic Ticket in a Timely Manner

Paying your ticket prevents you from fighting it. when you pay, you are admitting your guilt, and you give up your right to “fight” the ticket any further. Similarly, if you ignore the traffic ticket and do nothing within the time limit, you will be determined to be guilty by “default” – and you can no longer fight the traffic ticket.

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

Remember, the length of time you have to plead not guilty and fight a ticket is very limited. In the Romulus 34th 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

(2.) Request a Formal Hearing

Once you have entered your not responsible or not guilty plea, you may ask for either an informal hearing or a formal hearing. We strongly suggest that you request a formal hearing.

Requesting an informal hearing means that you will not be allowed to have an attorney – which means you are completely “on your own” against the police officer when you appear before the magistrate (judge)! And, who do you thing the Judge is going to believe: you or the cop?

If you request a formal hearing to fight your Romulus traffic ticket, a skilled traffic attorney can help you achieve the best results – by getting charges reduced or dismissed, and avoiding points on your drivers record. In many cases the lawyer can even negotiate a satisfactory result for you by talking to the prosecutor before the hearing even begins.

If the case does go to a hearing, a traffic lawyer will know how to argue the laws that apply to your case. They will be familiar with exceptions or special circumstances that may apply in your case. An experienced Romulus traffic attorney can also call witnesses to the stand, present evidence, question the officer who issued the ticket.

Addressing a ticket “head on” with the representation of a skilled traffic lawyer is always the best way to get a ticket reduced or possibly even dismissed in Romulus 34th 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.

(3.) Dismissing Traffic Tickets in Detroit with Traffic School

Some “minor” traffic tickets can also be dismissed by attending a basic driver improvement course or “BDIC” – commonly called “traffic school”. However, not all traffic tickets are eligible for this.

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

Romulus Traffic Lawyers Beat Traffic Tickets

Our Romulus area traffic lawyers are committed to offering you the most effective representation in your traffic ticket case, at the most affordable prices. And your first consultation is always FREE.

In many situations we can even represent you without the need for you to appear in court – so there is no need for you to return to Romulus!

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Romulus Traffic Ticket Lawyers: 800-717-4757

Can I Pay My Romulus Traffic Ticket Online?

Can I Pay My Romulus Traffic Ticket Online?

The short answer to the question: “Can I pay my Romulus traffic ticket online?” is YES if it is a civil infraction traffic ticket (not a misdemeanor) – but you shouldn’t!

In this article our experienced Romulus traffic ticket attorneys explain when, how and why you should AND SHOULD NOT pay a Romulus traffic ticket.

Paying a Romulus Traffic Ticket Online

There has been some confusion about paying Romulus traffic tickets online, because the City of Romulus and its 34th District Court currently DO NOT participate in Michigan’s new Online Ticket Payment System.  However, Romulus  34th District Court DOES offer their own separate online ticket payment system directly through the Court website.

If you have a civil infraction traffic ticket and not a misdemeanor you can pay the Romulus Court on their website.  But before you pay, keep reading!

(*Note: Michigan’s new Online Ticket Payment System online tool allows users to pay traffic and non-traffic civil (non-criminal) infraction tickets with Visa, MasterCard or Discover. In Wayne County the only cities enrolled in this online ticket payment system (as of October 2018) are:  Detroit, Grosse Pointe City and Woodhaven. And in Oakland County you may pay tickets received in Farmington Hills, Southfield and Waterford online. However, most cities in Washtenaw County (including Ann Arbor & Ypsilanti) offer online ticket payment.

Romulus and other Wayne County cities are expected to join Michigan’s Online Ticket Payment System sometime in the fairly near future.)

Why You Should NOT Pay a Romulus Traffic Ticket

Anytime you pay a traffic ticket without requesting a hearing, you are admitting responsibility the infraction. In other words, paying a traffic ticket is the same as “pleading guilty” and you will be assessed all fines, penalties, fees and applicable points.

This can result in an immediate jump in your insurance rates – that will likely cost you far more than the actual ticket. Additionally, having traffic violations on your record will make it more difficult to negotiate other traffic offenses in the future.

If you accumulate a sufficient number of points from admitting responsibility, you may be summoned for a driver’s license review before the Michigan Secretary of State and/or your license may even be suspended. You may also end up being charged thousands of dollars in driver responsibility fees.

Pleading “responsible with an explanation” to a traffic ticket is also pointless. This is because fines and costs are set by a traffic fine schedule, and you have admitted guilt, so even a sympathetic Judge or magistrate still has to give you the points and fees on the civil infraction schedule.

Attorneys Can Negotiate Romulus Traffic Tickets

Our experienced Romulus traffic ticket lawyer can typically negotiate your traffic ticket to a lesser charge and/or get it entirely dismissed – with no points on your driver’s record.

This also helps keep your insurance premiums down – which can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

Our skilled Romulus traffic ticket lawyers routinely challenge tickets and get great results in the 34th District Court every week.

When our attorneys handle your Romulus traffic ticket you do not go to court. We will appear on your behalf in the Romulus District Court and negotiate a favorable resolution for you with the prosecuting attorney. We will immediately text or email you the results.

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Romulus Traffic Ticket Lawyers: 800-717-4757

How to Fight Detroit Metro Airport Tickets Without Returning

Detroit Metro Airport Tickets:
How to Fight Tickets Without Returning

If you’re one of the more than 34 million travelers who pass through Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) you’ve probably seen the very large police presence in the area. Unfortunately this means that thousands of tickets are issued in and around Detroit Metro Airport every year.

If you are one of the unlucky travellers who had their trip ruined by a ticket – we can help. In the vast majority of cases we can handle your airport ticket without the need for you to come back to the Detroit area!

In this article our experienced ticket lawyers explain what you can do about a ticket received at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Traffic Tickets Near Detroit Metro Airport

The Detroit Metro Airport Police (DTW) are a special police force responsible for providing law enforcement services to all Airport Authority locations in Detroit including Detroit Metro Airport (DTW). The Romulus Police Department also has jurisdiction at DTW and can issue tickets there. And the  Michigan State Police have jurisdiction to issue traffic tickets on any highways, and in unincorporated areas as well as all the towns and cities anywhere within the state of Michigan. Additionally, since Detroit Metro is located in Wayne County, there is also the possibility of receiving a traffic ticket from a Wayne County Sheriff deputy.

Unfortunately, this means that when you are at Detroit Metro, there are four police entities who can give you a ticket.

TSA Checkpoint Violation “Tickets”

The TSA also issues “checkpoint violations” – and although these are not technically “tickets” the recipient is usually just issued a citation and allowed to proceed with his or her travel plans.

Most of these checkpoint violations simply involve the unintentional possession of an item that is prohibited by the TSA such as a pocket knife or even scissors.  While the traveller may have been allowed to go on their way after the item was confiscated, it is important to understand that a checkpoint violation that occurs at Detroit Metro Airport is still a criminal offense.

Handling a Detroit Metro Airport Ticket Without Returning

Both traffic tickets, and most “checkpoint violations” and other citations issued at Detroit Metro are handled by the 34th District Court in Romulus. Felony charges at the airport begin with an arraignment in the 34th District Court, but are subsequently moved to the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit

Unfortunately, many individuals facing a traffic tickets and checkpoint violations outside of the Detroit area.

In almost all traffic situations we can represent you without the need for you to appear in court – and no need for you to return to the Detroit Metro area.

Because a checkpoint violation is considered a criminal offense, a personal appearance in court is usually required. In some cases, however, the 34th District Court will allow a licensed attorney to Michigan attorney to appear for some court proceedings on behalf of the alleged offender.

Detroit Metro Airport Ticket Attorneys

Our Detroit Metro Airport ticket attorneys have an excellent track record of negotiating results in traffic cases that avoid any points and do not appear on your driving record. Our attorneys have also assisted many Detroit area residents and non-residents with Detroit Metro Airport criminal & misdemeanor checkpoint violations with fantastic results.

It is a fact that individuals who hire experienced attorneys face significantly lower penalties than those who don’t.

Our Detroit Metro Airport area traffic attorneys are committed to offering you the most effective representation in your case, at the most affordable prices. And your first consultation is always FREE.

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Detroit Metro Airport Ticket Attorney: 800-717-4757

Michigan’s New System for Paying Tickets Online

Michigan’s New System for Paying Tickets Online

The State of Michigan recently launched an Online Ticket Payment System, which is an interactive website that allows users to pay traffic and non-traffic civil infractions online.  However, not all Michigan Courts are participating in this system, and it is unclear which cities will be joining in the future.

Some jurisdictions, such as Romulus (34th District Court) already have their own separate online traffic ticket payment system.

However, every online traffic ticket system, including the Michigan Online Ticket Payment System, only accepts payment for “civil infractions”. Online services do not accept payments for criminal offenses.

Civil infractions are those tickets that are punishable by fines, court costs, fees and sometimes points. However, criminal offense can be either misdemeanors or felonies and are charges for which there is a potential penalty of jail time. Criminal charges require an appearance by the accused defendant, and therefore cannot be paid online in any system.

Why You Should NOT Pay a Ticket Online

Anytime you pay a traffic ticket online or in person without requesting a hearing, you are admitting responsibility for the infraction. In other words, paying a traffic ticket online is the same as “pleading guilty” and you will automatically be assessed all applicable fines, penalties, fees and points.

In other words, once you pay online you can no longer “fight” your traffic ticket!

And the automatic points can result in an immediate jump in your insurance rates – that will likely cost you far more than the actual ticket.  If you accumulate too many points, you may be summoned for a driver’s license review before the Michigan Secretary of State and/or your license may even be suspended.

However, if you request a hearing in a timely manner (instead of paying) an experienced traffic ticket lawyer can typically negotiate your traffic ticket to a lesser charge and/or get it entirely dismissed – with no points on your driver’s record. Read More About Fighting Traffic Tickets HERE.

Michigan Online Ticket Payment System: Participating Cities

Below is a list of cities currently using the Michigan Online Ticket Payment System effective at the date of publication.

Remember, by using this (or any) online system to pay your ticket, you admit your responsibility for the ticket and will be subject to all penalties, fees and applicable points.  You cannot fight your traffic ticket once you pay online.

Oakland County Wayne County Macomb County
Farmington Hills
Southfield
Waterford
Detroit
Grosse Pointe City
Woodhaven
None
Genesee County Washtenaw County Ingham County
Burton
Central
Davison
Fenton
Flushing
Grand Blanc
Mt. Morris
Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor
Chelsea
Saline
Ypsilanti
Ypsilanti Twp
Wayne County
Lansing
Mason
Hillsdale County Kalamazoo County Kent County
Hillsdale Kalamazoo
Portage
Grand Rapids
Wyoming

Attorneys Can Negotiate Tickets

Our experienced traffic ticket attorneys urge you to call us before giving up your right to fight your ticket by paying online. Our lawyers can typically successfully negotiate with the prosecutor to get your traffic ticket reduced to a lesser charge and/or get it entirely dismissed – with no points on your driver’s record.

This also helps keep your insurance rates down – which can save you thousands of dollars in premiums over time.

When our attorneys handle your Romulus traffic ticket you do not need to go to court. We will appear on your behalf in the District Court and negotiate a favorable resolution for you with the prosecuting attorney, saving you time, money and headaches.

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Romulus Ticket Attorney: 800-717-4757

Lawyers Explain Texting Traffic Tickets in Romulus

Texting While Driving Traffic Tickets in Romulus MI

Most Michigan residents are aware that it has been against the law to text while driving, anywhere in the State, since 2010.

However, our experienced traffic lawyers have found that texting while driving tickets are extremely common in Romulus near Metro Detroit airport.

Why Texting Traffic Tickets are Common in Romulus

Keep in mind that the Michigan texting while driving law specifically prohibits “reading, typing or sending text messages” using “any wireless two-way communication device in a person’s hand or lap while driving a car”. To be very clear: texting includes reading, not just typing, on your cell phone.

When travelling to the airport, hurried drivers are often tempted to check their phone to see if their flight is departing on time. Similarly, when you are rushing to the airport to pick up a friend, relative, or business associate, it can seem harmless to check your phone to see if they have arrived.

But keep in mind that the Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) area in Romulus is crawling with police officers, who are vigilantly observing drivers in the area at all times.

In addition to the Romulus Police Department, there is a special the Airport Police Department with authority to write traffic tickets at Wayne County (Detroit Metropolitan) Airport.

Additionally, Michigan State Police are frequently found on one of the airport area freeways in Romulus – such as I-94 and I-275.  And since Romulus is located in Wayne County, there is also the possibility of receiving a traffic ticket from a Wayne County Sherriff deputy.

Penalty for Texting While Driving Traffic Tickets in Romulus

For a first offense of texting while driving, motorists are fined $100.  Subsequent offenses are fined $200.

However, keep in mind that a hyper vigilant officer can also add on charges to a driving while texting offense that may come with points and even bigger fines.

For example, if the officer believes your cell phone use resulted in an accident or a manner that could have endangered property or people, you could be issued a Careless Driving ticket instead. Careless Driving is a 3 point offense anywhere in Michigan, and in Romulus the fines for a Careless Driving Ticket are $195.00 without an accident and $225 with an accident.

Trucker Driving While Texting Tickets in Romulus

If you are a trucker and you are caught texting while driving in Romulus or anywhere in Michigan you are subject to even greater penalty.

According to recent Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration law (different from Michigan’s texting bans), commercial truck drivers are not allowed to use cell phones while driving, at all. This means truckers cannot text, talk on the phone or even on speaker, or even read directions on a phone.

The Federal civil penalties for truckers are a very steep $2,750 for each offense. And commercial truck and bus companies will face a maximum penalty of $11,000.

States also suspend a truck driver’s CDL (commercial driver’s license) after two or more serious traffic violations and disqualify a trucker for multiple offenses.

Best Romulus Traffic Ticket Lawyers

If you have received a traffic ticket for texting, or any other traffic violation in Romulus or anywhere on Michigan, your next step should be to talk to an experienced traffic lawyer.

Our Romulus area traffic lawyers are committed to offering you the most effective representation in your traffic ticket case, at the most affordable prices. And your first consultation is always FREE.

In most situations we can represent you without the need for you to appear in court – and no need for you to return to Romulus, if you are from out of the area.

Free Consultation
Romulus Traffic Ticket Lawyers: 800-717-4757