Traffic Attorneys Discuss Detroit Texting Laws

Detroit Texting While Driving Traffic Tickets

In this article our experienced Traffic attorneys explain texting laws in Detroit and Michigan – along with current penalties for texting while driving.

Every Michigan driver should know that it is against the law for any driver in Michigan to text while driving anywhere in Michigan – including Detroit. The fine for texting while driving is $100 for a first offense, and then $200 for subsequent texting traffic tickets.

Texting is defined to include using any wireless communication device in the driver’s hand or lap to read, write, or send a text message.

Exceptions to Texting Traffic Ticket Laws

In Michigan there are a few limited situations – or “exceptions” – when you can text while driving and not be subject to a traffic ticket:

  • Reporting a traffic accident, medical emergency, or serious road hazard.
  • Reporting a situation in which you believe your personal safety is in jeopardy.
  • Reporting the potential perpetration of a criminal act against yourself or another person.

And, of course police officers, law enforcement officials, member of paid or volunteer fire departments, and operators of an emergency vehicles are also allowed to text if it is in the performance of their official duties.

What Constitutes Texting for Getting a Traffic Ticket?

Michigan’s Law 257.602.b states that a driver shall not “read, manually type, or send a text message on a wireless 2-way communication device that is located in the person’s hand or in the person’s lap, including a wireless telephone used in cellular telephone service or personal communication service, while operating a motor vehicle that is moving on a highway or street”

This means that even reading a text message can be grounds for receiving a text message. And you do not even need to be holding the cell phone – it can also be in your lap for you to receive a traffic ticket.

When Can I Be Pulled over for a Texting Traffic Ticket?

Michigan’s texting law is considered a “primary” traffic offense. This means that a police officer can pull you over for texting without having to witness any other violation. If the officer sees you texting they can issue a citation.

However, the current law is unclear on whether other use of your cell phone – such as using Google maps, checking email or browsing Facebook is also a texting violation. But this is soon to change with the enactment of stricter laws.

Changes to Texting Traffic Ticket Laws

Michigan’s lawmakers have repeatedly tried to introduced new, stricter laws prohibiting use of any handheld cell phones anywhere in the State, such as proposed House Bill 4466 of 2017 which would have imposed fines of $250 to $500, plus up to driver’s license 2 points for anyone convicted of using any handheld wireless device (including cell phones) while driving, for any reason, anywhere in Michigan.

That new law would allow single-swipe use of cell phones if they are mounted on a windshield or dashboard. And, people would still be allowed to make calls using hands-free means, such as a Bluetooth. That new law proposed to assess a fine of $250 for a first offense, and a fine of $500 plus one driver’s license point for a second offense. Additional cell phone traffic tickets would have a $500 fine and two points under that proposed bill.

House Bill 4466 went to “committee” in March 2017 and is still there. So it remains to be seen what new cell phone laws, if any, will be put in effect in Michigan on a Statewide bases.

Best Traffic Attorneys in the Detroit Area

If you have received a ticket for texting or cell phone use in Detroit, or anywhere on Michigan, your next step should be to talk to an experienced traffic lawyer.  Our Detroit area traffic attorneys are committed to offering you the most effective representation in your traffic ticket case, at the most affordable prices. And your first consultation with a traffic attorney is always FREE.

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Traffic Attorneys in Detroit: 800-717-4757

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Detroit Traffic Lawyers Discuss Cell Phone Tickets

Tickets for Cell Phones in Detroit

Cell phone and texting while driving laws are constantly changing in Michigan and across the country. It’s no wonder there is so much confusion on this topic! In this article our experienced Detroit Traffic lawyers explain what you can and cannot do with your mobile device while driving – along with current penalties for using your cell phone while driving.

Cell Phone Tickets While Driving

When looking at any type of traffic ticket, keep in mind that Michigan Secretary of State issues the driving offenses and points that apply to every city and county in the State. However, municipalities and cities such as Detroit set the fines you will pay – and are also free to enact certain additional cell phone offenses or tickets.

State-wide, drivers under age 18 with Level 1 or 2 learner’s permits are completely prohibited from the use of cell phones while driving. The fine for violating this cell phone law is $100 with a possible extension of license probationary period.

Drivers of commercial motor vehicles and school buses across all of Michigan are also barred from using handheld cell phones. They face a fine of $100 for a first offense – and a fine of $200 for subsequent tickets.

Detroit Tickets for Cell Phones

As of this writing Detroit is one of only a few cities in Michigan that has passed an ordinance stating that drivers making cell phone calls must use hands-free devices.

But keep in mind that, even in cities allowing cell phones, you can still be ticketed for careless or reckless driving if the officer feels your cell phone caused you to be distracted, commit a traffic violation, or cause an accident.

New Cell Phone Ticket Laws Affecting Detroit

The Michigan legislature has recently introduced new, stricter laws prohibiting use of any handheld cell phones anywhere in the State.

House Bill 4466 of 2017 proposes fines of $250 to $500, plus up to driver’s license 2 points for anyone convicted of using any hand-held wireless device while driving anywhere in Michigan. This new law does allow single-swipe use of cell phones if they are mounted on a windshield or dashboard.

While this law has not yet been passed, it is very likely that tougher new state-wide cell phone tickets will soon be on their way.

Best Detroit Traffic Lawyers

If you have received a ticket for cell phone use in Detroit or anywhere on Michigan, your next step should be to talk to an experienced traffic lawyer.  Our Detroit 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.

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Detroit Traffic Ticket Lawyers: 800-717-4757

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Traffic Ticket Attorneys in Detroit Explain Red Lights

Red Light & Stop Sign Traffic Tickets in Detroit

As experienced traffic ticket attorneys in Detroit area, we see hundreds of tickets for running a stop sign or running a red light. This type of ticket is particularly common because it is a fast and easy way for police officers to fill their ticket quotas! In this article our experience lawyers explain the ins-and-outs of stop sign and red light tickets in Detroit.

How to Avoid Traffic Tickets for Red Lights & Stop Signs in Detroit

Stop signs and red traffic lights require a driver to come to a full stop at the “limit line” – which is the line painted on the street before the intersection. In cases where there is no limit line, a driver to come to a full stop at the entrance to the intersection or crossing.

A “full stop” requires a complete stopping of the motion of the car. A driver cannot just slow down substantially, check traffic, and keep going if it is clear. While a “rolling stop” such as this may indeed be safe, it is still illegal – and can get you a traffic ticket.

How to Avoid Traffic Tickets for Right Turn on Red in Detroit

Michigan law does allow drivers to make a turn on a red light if there is no sign prohibiting “right on red.” Similarly, Michigan allows left turns on red onto a one way street, coming from both a one-way or a two-way street. However, it must safe to do so under the circumstances. And you must still come to a “full stop” before making the turn.

In Michigan it is also legal to drive through a yellow light. However the vehicle must have entered the intersection – or passed the crosswalk or limit line – before the light turned red. If you enter the intersection too late you will receive a ticket. And, because judging this can be somewhat difficult or subjective, there is often the potential for a yellow light traffic ticket.

Penalties for Red Light & Stop Sign Traffic Tickets in Detroit

In Detroit the fines for running a red light, are:

  • Red Light, Yellow Light or Red Flasher: $130.00 ($170.00 after 14 days)
  • Failure to Stop at Railroad Signal: $225.00 ($265.00 after 14 days)
  • Failure to Stop at Stop Sign: $130.00 ($170.00 after 14 days)

In addition to the fines there are Three Points assessed on your driver’s license in Michigan for failing to stop at a traffic signal or stop sign, as well as for failing to stop at railroad crossing. And, keep in mind that three points on your driver’s license can result in exorbitant increases in your insurance rates.

Fighting Red Light & Stop Sign Traffic Tickets in Detroit

Because running a red light or stop sign is very much a “he said / she said” type of situation, fighting a red light traffic ticket in Detroit on your own is usually pointless. If the officer who issued the ticket said you ran the red light or stop sign – and you say you didn’t – the magistrate is likely going to believe the officer and not you.

Best Traffic Ticket Attorneys in Detroit Area

However, an experienced Detroit traffic ticket attorney has a variety of ways that they can fight your red light ticket – getting it reduced or thrown out – and ensuring you do not end up with those expensive points on your record.

Our experienced traffic ticket attorneys in Detroit know the law, know the cops, and know the prosecutors and judges. In most cases we can handle your traffic ticket, without you even having to appear in court.

In addition to being excellent negotiators, we have several defenses that we may be able to present in your case. We may be able to successfully challenge officer’s ability to accurately see you stop – based on his position.  We may also be able to argue that local conditions made the stop light or stop sign un-viewable – for example being obscured by foliage or precipitation.

For newly installed stop signs we can sometimes argue a “recently installed” defense, where the judge finds you not guilty because you didn’t realize the stop sign had just been installed. We can also challenge failure to stop a limit line based on faded lines that may be unnoticeable.

Detroit Traffic Ticket Attorneys Can Help

Our experienced traffic ticket attorneys in Detroit know the law and how to defend you. We will fight aggressively to “beat” or reduce your Detroit Red Light or Stop Sign ticket. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss your Detroit traffic ticket, or any other driving infraction anywhere in Michigan.

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Traffic Attorneys in Detroit: 800-717-4757

Detroit Traffic Ticket Lawyers Discuss Paying Tickets

Paying Detroit Traffic Ticket FAQs

Many Detroit residents think that traffic tickets are not a big deal – and they simply pay them, or sometimes even just ignore them! While this may be the easiest route – it can end up costing you hundreds or even thousands of dollars if you do not fight your Detroit traffic tickets.

Our experienced Detroit traffic lawyers have fought thousands of tickets. In this article we answer some commonly asked questions about paying your Detroit traffic tickets.

Should I Pay My Detroit Traffic Ticket?

If you get a traffic ticket, any good, experienced Detroit traffic lawyer will tell you to fight it – not pay it!

Why? Paying your traffic ticket can result in the addition of points to your driving record. And points can be very expensive in the long run.

For starters, your insurance rates will go up almost any time you get points for a traffic ticket. You will likely end up paying hundreds or even thousands of extra premiums – often for years to come.

Additionally, accumulation of too many points to your driving record will result in suspension of your driving privileges – and can also result in the assessment of a driver responsibility fee that can be as much as $1000 per year for two years.

Our affordable Detroit traffic ticket lawyers can fight your ticket – ensuring that you do not get expensive points on your driving record. A small investment in an affordable Detroit traffic ticket lawyer can save you thousands of dollars in increased insurance and driver responsibility fees.

What Happens if I Ignore My Detroit Traffic Ticket?

Ignoring your Detroit is never a good idea. If you do not respond within 14 days, a $40 late fee will be added to your already expensive ticket.

Even for a civil infraction (with no points) on the 45th day following the 21st day, your driver’s license will go into suspension. In addition to paying the ticket and the late fee, it will cost you an additional $45 to have your license reinstated.

And, if you ignore a ticket that was for a traffic misdemeanor, a warrant will be issued for your arrest. And you can be picked up and jailed at any time.

Our affordable Detroit traffic ticket lawyers can fight any ticket – from civil infractions to misdemeanors. Investing a small amount in an affordable Detroit traffic lawyer can save you from having your license suspended or even going to jail.

Can I Fight My Detroit Traffic Ticket without Going to Court?

Yes! For many Detroit Traffic Tickets a lawyer can appear on your behalf – you don’t even have to appear in court. This can save you having to take a day off work, or arrange childcare.

Best Detroit Traffic Ticket Lawyers

Our experienced Detroit traffic ticket lawyers offer affordable rates, while aggressively fighting to “beat” or reduce your Detroit ticket. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss your Detroit traffic ticket, or any other driving infraction, anywhere in Michigan.

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Detroit Lawyers Explain 36th District Court Traffic Warrants

Detroit Lawyers Explain
36th District Court Traffic Warrants

As an experienced 36th District Court traffic lawyer, I am frequently asked if failure to pay a Detroit traffic ticket will result in a warrant. Unfortunately, the answer is: “Yes, usually.” However, if you have unpaid traffic tickets, there are steps you can still take to avoid being subject to a warrant or an arrest.

There are two kinds of traffic tickets in Detroit: “civil” infractions and “criminal” infractions (which include misdemeanors and felonies. To see a full list of which Michigan traffic tickets are civil infractions and which are misdemeanors and felonies, CLICK HERE.

Civil Traffic Ticket Warrants Detroit 36th District Court

If you have been issued a civil infraction traffic ticket you two ways to respond:

  1. To admit responsibility for the violation and pay the fine within 14 days.
  2. Deny responsibility and request a hearing within 14 days.

Failure to respond to the ticket within the allowed time period will result in a default (“automatic”) judgment against you, including points and fines.

On the 45th day following the 21st day (66 days), your license will be suspended. If your license has been suspended it will cost you an additional $45 (plus the ticket fine) to have it reinstated. The 36th District Court will then give you a clearance form which you must take to the Secretary of State to lift the suspension.

Now, not only does this put you in danger of getting a Driving on Suspended ticket, but the 36th District may also issue a warrant for the unpaid fines.

Remember, a first offense for Driving on a Suspended License comes with a fine of $500 and up to 93 days in jail!

And, in recent years, the 36th District Court has been cracking down on any type of unpaid fines – including traffic tickets. They will typically issue a Show Cause Hearing, where you will receive a notice to appear before in Court and explain why the fines were not paid. And failure to appear for hearing will result in a bench warrant being issued for your arrest.

Even worse – the failure to appear is itself a new Misdemeanor. So, as you can see, failing to pay court fines just “snowballs” until you take care of it.

Misdemeanor Traffic Ticket Warrants in 36th District Court

In Detroit’s 36th District Court, 64% of traffic misdemeanor cases end in warrants. Misdemeanor traffic tickets are considered “crimes” and can result in fines up to $1000 and/or up to 93 days in jail.

Typically if you are issued a misdemeanor ticket, you will be taken to the Detroit Detention Center, for processing and will be allowed to post bond. You will be given a future court date for arraignment, at which time you can enter a plea or request a future hearing.

If you fail to show up for a 36th District Court traffic misdemeanor arraignment and/or hearing and/or do not pay the ticket fine they will immediately issue a warrant for your arrest. There is not a “grace period” for a misdemeanor warrant, as there is for the civil infractions discussed above.

And, again, a new Failure to Appear misdemeanor will also be added to the traffic misdemeanor you are already facing.

What to Do If You Have a Traffic Warrant in 36th District Court

The 36th District Court has more than $243 million dollars in unpaid ticket fees- so they are getting very serious about collecting money they are owed. In some cases they will put people on a payment plan – but in many other cases they are now putting people in jail for unpaid tickets.

As experienced 36th District Court traffic ticket lawyers, we understand that this “pay or stay” program can create an undue hardship. Going to jail on a traffic ticket warrant can have serious consequences. You can be arrested in front of your children, or even lose your job!

For this reason it is essential to call an experienced 36th District Court Traffic Lawyer, if you have unpaid tickets, have missed a Court appearance or have reason to believe there may be a warrant for your arrest.

Detroit 36th District Court Traffic Warrant Lawyers

Our traffic lawyers can immediately step into action for you. We have had great success getting offenses set aside, as well as setting up payment plans – and taking other steps to ensure that you are not arrested.

Depending upon the amount you owe, or the offense you are being charged with there are many things that a skilled 36th District Court traffic lawyer can do for you. In some situations we may be able to file a Motion to Set Aside Default Judgment – to show the Judge “good cause” that the default Judgment against you be “set aside”.

36th District Chief Judge King was reported in the Detroit News as saying: “We’ll be going out and we’ll be knocking on doors, bringing people in and I may even … start booting cars, seizing property and whatever we have to do.”

Let our experienced 36th District Court Traffic lawyer stop the “snowball” and get you back on track – so you do not have to worry about warrants or arrests for 36th District Court traffic tickets.

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Attorneys Explain 36th District Court Traffic Ticket Amnesty

Ask the Detroit Lawyers:
Does the 36th District Court
Have Traffic Ticket Amnesty?

As an experienced 36th District Court traffic lawyer, I am often asked if Detroit, Michigan has a traffic ticket “amnesty program.” Unfortunately, the short answer is, “No”. The 36th District Court Ticket Amnesty program has ended. However, there are still many things that an experienced traffic lawyer can do to get unpaid traffic tickets set aside, or have fines & penalties reduced.

How do Traffic Ticket Amnesty Programs Work?

A traffic ticket amnesty program offers people with traffic tickets they didn’t pay an opportunity to pay their past due fines, without being charged any late fees or other financial penalties. Sometimes people can even take care of traffic infraction arrest warrants for civil infractions and some misdemeanors – without fear of arrest.

Traffic judges will usually say that the amnesty program is being offered as a way to give people a “clean slate”. However, in reality, most Courts run an amnesty period as a way to bring in a large amount of cash from unpaid tickets – while also reducing their backlog of cases.

Does 36th District Court have a Traffic Ticket Amnesty Program?

Michigan’s 36th District Court is the largest District Court in the state. All traffic misdemeanor citations and civil traffic tickets (including statute and ordinance violations) that occur within the City of Detroit are handled in the 36th District Court.

Once in a great while, the 36th District Court has offered a traffic ticket amnesty program. However, there currently is no amnesty program being offered in Detroit’s 36th District Court.

Unfortunately, amnesty programs do not occur very often – and are typically only offered for a limited number of days. This year The 36th District Court offered an amnesty program that ran only for 3 days in conjunction with the Fourth of July.

In 2017, the 36th District Court offered a Traffic Ticket Amnesty Program from Saturday July 1st through noon on Tuesday July 4th. During this time, any adjudicated case in which fines and costs had been assessed were eligible to have all late fees, penalties, and warrant costs waived, upon payment in full of the ticket(s).

Our 36th District Court traffic lawyers have never seen a Wayne County District Court offer more than one amnesty program in the same year. So, it is unlikely that Detroit will offer more amnesty any time soon.

What to Do if You Missed the 36th District Court Traffic Ticket Amnesty Program

Remember that failing to respond to a traffic ticket in the allowed time automatically results in a Default Judgment or “conviction”. This means automatic assessment of any points and fines, as well as the accrual of late fees. Your driver’s license will be suspended – adding $45 to the original fine, to have it reinstated. And, finally a warrant for your arrest may be issued!

For this reason it is important to speak to skilled 36th District Court traffic lawyer, if you have unpaid tickets, missed any traffic related court hearing, or think there is probably a warrant for your arrest.

Detroit 36th District Court Traffic Ticket Lawyers

Our caring lawyers understand that you simply may not be able to afford to pay the tickets, so it was just seem “easier” to ignore them.  But, keep in mind, the fines and penalties will just continue to grow – and you may be in danger of getting arrested at your home, at your employer, during a minor traffic stop, or even if you are in traffic accident.

Our experienced traffic lawyers have successfully helped hundreds of people with unpaid traffic tickets in 36th District Court.

In many cases, depending upon the amounts you owe, and the traffic infraction with which you are being charged, we can file a Motion to Set Aside Default Judgment – to show the Judge “good cause” why the Default Judgment against you be “set aside”.  We can also arrange affordable payment plans. And we take every legal action to ensure that our clients are not arrested on a traffic warrant.

Call our experienced 36th District Court Traffic lawyers today. We can help get you back on track, and stop any worries about an arrest warrant for 36th District Court traffic tickets.

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