Traffic Ticket Lawyers’ Tips: Livonia 16th District Court

Traffic Ticket Lawyers’ Information
About Livonia 16th District Court

Traffic tickets received in Livonia Michigan are handled by the 16th District Court. The Livonia District Court is located at 32765 Five Mile Rd., Livonia, MI  48154.  It is open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday and closed on weekends and holidays.

Note that the business offices of the 16th District Court typically also close for Inventory for a full day in December. This year the 16th District Court will be closed for inventory on Friday, December 7, 2018.

Paying Traffic Tickets in the 16th District Court

If you plan to admit responsibility (“plead guilty”) traffic tickets in Livonia must be paid in full within 14 Calendar Days of receiving the violation. A $35.00 late charge will be assessed after the 14th day. After 56 days an additional 20% late fee will be added.

If you wish to “fight” the ticket, you must request a hearing within 14 days, or you will “automatically lose” (be found guilty by default). [MCL 600.4803]

Failure to respond to the citation(s) in the prescribed manner will result in the suspension of your driving privileges and a reinstatement fee.

If you have received a traffic ticket in Livonia, Michigan, call our traffic ticket lawyers immediately. We can ensure that your request for a hearing in the 16th District Court is filed in a timely manner so that you do not incur any late fees – and so you have the best chance of “beating” your traffic ticket.

16th District Court Traffic Ticket Convenience Fees

Traffic tickets can be paid in person at the 16th District Court House, online, or by phone. An additional “convenience fee” is charged for phone and online payments – based on the amount of the transaction. Convenience fees can be quite expensive.

16th District Court Traffic Ticket Fines

The points for any traffic offense are established by the State of Michigan, and are the same in any Court in the State. However, fines and fees for traffic tickets can vary from city to city.

CLICK HERE for a complete list of the 16th District Court Traffic Ticket Fines, revised as of January 1, 2018.

Note that this schedule of 16th District Court fines may change without notice. Remember that these fines only apply to payments accepted on or before the appearance date, but do not apply to cases heard in court.

Livonia 16th District Court Judges

The 16th District Court has two sitting judges on the bench. Judge Kathleen J. McCann, a former Wayne County Special Assistant Prosecutor was elected to 16th District Court in November 1994. Judge Sean P. Kavanagh, a former 16th District Court Magistrate, was elected to be a 16th District Court Judge in November, 2008.

However, if you appear in the 16th District Court to fight a traffic ticket, you will be seen by a “Magistrate” rather than a Judge for your first appearance. But, if you hire a traffic ticket lawyer for a Livonia driving offense, in most cases you can avoid going to Court altogether.

16th District Court Traffic Ticket Lawyers

If you have received a traffic ticket in Livonia or anywhere on Michigan, your next step should be to talk to an experienced traffic ticket lawyer. We can explain the fees and points you are facing, and help you decide the best way to “fight” your traffic ticket in the 16th District Court.

Our Livonia area traffic ticket lawyers are committed to offering you the most aggressive representation in your traffic ticket case, at the most affordable prices. Hiring a traffic ticket lawyer can help get your ticket reduced or dismissed – and can save you thousands of dollars in fines, court costs, car insurance increases, driver responsibility fees and license restoration costs later.

Our lawyers have helped hundreds of people “beat” their traffic tickets in the 16th District Court. Your first telephone consultation is always FREE, so call today and see how our experienced 16th District Court traffic lawyer can help you.

Free Consultation
16th District Court Traffic Ticket Lawyers: 800-717-4757

Lawyers Explain Changes to Driver’s License Suspensions

Livonia Traffic Tickets Lawyers Discuss Changes
to Michigan Driver’s License Suspension Law

Vehicle codes in thirty-nine states provide that licenses of anyone who fails to pay any fines or fees (including minor traffic tickets) will be suspended whether or not they are financially capable of paying them. Michigan is currently one of those thirty-nine states. However, that could change in the near future.

Lawyers File Class Action Lawsuit Against State of Michigan

A lawsuit was initially brought in Michigan on behalf of plaintiffs Adrian Fowler and Kitia Harris, both single mothers living in the Detroit area. Both Fowler and Harris received minor traffic violations, and because they were financially incapable of paying the citations, their licenses were suspended. Ms. Fowler had to turn down higher-paying jobs in Detroit’s suburbs because public transportation was unavailable. Ms. Harris has a chronic medical condition, and on several occasions was either late or missed medical appointments entirely because she was no longer able to drive once her license was suspended. In the course of its investigation, lawyers with Equal Justice Under Law discovered approximately 100,000 additional individuals who were not able to pay traffic tickets due to financial hardship, and whose licenses had also been suspended. The lawsuit was then filed as a class action against the State of Michigan (Fowler v. Johnson). Through the class action suit, Equal Justice Under Law, a nonprofit group, seeks to end the policy of suspending driver’s licenses to affected Michigan drivers.

Equal Justice Under Law’s position is that Michigan’s current law violates the Equal Protection and Due Process rights as well as the right to intrastate travel (a right that is recognized in the Sixth Circuit which encompasses Michigan, among other states). According to the lawsuit, attempting to force payment by taking away a party’s ability to drive, and thereby hindering their ability to work, makes no rational sense. The current law seems to unfairly single out the poor, while at the same time, it impedes their ability to find employment, travel to their jobs and earn money that would enable them to pay their court-ordered fines. According to Equal Justice Under Law, this is a violation of substantive due process rights, and the automatic suspension, which deprives impoverished drivers of their driver’s licenses without an ability-to-pay hearing, is a violation of their procedural due process rights.

Judge says Michigan can’t Suspend Driver’s License for Financial Inability to Pay Traffic Tickets and Fines

On December 14, 2017, Judge Linda V. Parker of the Eastern District of Michigan granted a motion for preliminary injunction, finding that the procedural due process claim was likely valid. Michigan’s Secretary of State was ordered to stop suspending driver’s licenses of people who were not able to pay court debts and tickets due to financial inability. The injunction is currently stayed pending appeal in the Sixth Circuit. Equal Justice Under Law issued a press release stating that this is the first time a preliminary injunction has been issued by a federal judge blocking suspension of driver’s licenses based upon economic ability to pay. In her ruling, Judge Parker stated that suspension of an individual’s driver’s license seemed “an unwise response” because the suspension would make it harder to find or keep a job that could enable the individual to repay his or her debts.

Equal Justice Under Law called this a well-reasoned and thorough opinion, and looks forward to the day when the preliminary injunction becomes permanent.

Livonia Area Traffic Ticket Lawyers

Our Livonia area traffic ticket lawyers will continue to monitor changes to Michigan Driver’s License Suspension Law being affected by this case.

In the meantime, if your driver’s license has been suspended, contact our Livonia area traffic ticket lawyers.

We will offer you a free consultation to discuss your options for driver’s license restoration, so you can get back on the road, and back to work, and back to your daily activities.

Free Consultation
Livonia Area Traffic Ticket Lawyers: 800-717-4757

How Lawyers Fight Speeding Tickets in Livonia, MI

How Lawyers Fight Speeding Tickets in Livonia, MI

A common question asked of traffic ticket attorneys is, “Can you beat a Livonia speeding ticket?” The easy answer is “yes,” but likely not without the help of an experienced attorney with specialized knowledge of traffic law and Livonia’s 16th District Court.

Defending against a speeding ticket depends on the individual circumstances of the case, and also the kind of speed limit that was exceeded. Attorneys typically use one of the following defenses: either the defendant claims that he or she was not driving faster than the speed limit, or the defendant claims that he or she was justified in exceeding the speed limit.

Our experienced Livonia traffic ticket attorneys note that there are generally four ways that police officers measure the speed a vehicle is traveling: pacing, sight, radar or laser. Each method can be challenged based upon various theories and criteria.

Lawyers Challenge Speeding Tickets Based Upon “Sight” or “Pacing”

Determining speed by “sight” means that a police officer is stationary, and estimates the driver’s speed by observation. “Pacing,” on the other hand, involves estimation of speed by the officer driving in the same direction, matching the speed of the vehicle in question. In either case, a citation may be disputed by challenging the reliability of the officer’s ability to measure and determine the speed accurately. A driver might challenge the ticket by questioning the officer’s ability to see the driver’s vehicle either long enough or clearly enough for the estimate to be accurate. An officer’s lack of training or certification in speed estimation may also be brought into question.

Lawyers Challenge Speed-measuring Device in Speeding Ticket Cases

Devices such as RADAR and LIDAR are often used to measure the speed of suspect vehicles. (Radar uses radio signals to calculate the speed of a vehicle, and LIDAR uses lasers.) Either of these methods are more accurate than an officer’s estimation of speed, but neither is infallible. If a driver receives a speeding ticket based upon either radar or LIDAR technology, it might be argued that the device wasn’t calibrated correctly or as often as required, and therefore produced a faulty reading. Another defense might be that the officer was not trained sufficiently or properly, and a faulty reading was the result of the officer’s inexperience or operational error. Additionally, in heavy traffic, it can be argued that the device inadvertently picked up the speed of a different vehicle. With laser technology, light conditions (bright sunlight or glare) can interfere with a proper reading.

Lawyers Fight Speeding Tickets in Livonia by Showing “Safe Speed”

Sometimes, citations are issued for violating a presumed speed limit. In this instance, a traffic ticket attorney might argue that the speed the driver was traveling was actually safe when taking into consideration the weather, traffic, or other conditions.

Lawyers Fight Speeding Tickets in Livonia by Showing “Necessity or Emergency”

Occasionally emergencies happen, and you may have no other choice than to exceed the speed limit. This is called the “choice of evils” defense. An attorney would argue that the driver’s excessive speed was necessary to prevent immediate harm to either the driver or to others. In this case, the driver admits to driving too fast, but speeding was necessary to avoid a greater harm. Note that a Court may require witnesses or documentation verifying that a genuine emergency existed.

Livonia Lawyers Beat Speeding Tickets

In short, it is possible to “beat” a speeding ticket. However, in almost all cases, you will need an attorney who has experience in traffic law and is familiar with the various defenses and challenges under Michigan law that will yield the best possible result. We know Livonia’s 16th District Court inside and out – so hiring our attorneys greatly increases your chances of getting your fines and points reduced or dismissed entirely.

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 LIvonia or any other District Court!

Free Consultation
Livonia Area Speeding Ticket Lawyer: 800-717-4757

How Attorneys Challenge Radar Guns in Speeding Ticket Cases

How Livonia Attorneys Challenge Radar Guns in Speeding Ticket Cases

If you have ever been caught speeding by a police officer’s radar gun, you may think you have no recourse but to pay the ticket. However, although the radar guns are useful tools to detect speeding vehicles, they do have their weaknesses. Radar gun evidence can be challenged in court based on some limitations of the guns themselves.

How Speeding Ticket Radar Guns Work

Radar guns both send and receive radio signals that bounce off a vehicle using a scientific principle known as the Doppler Effect. Based on the value of the returning signal, the speed of a vehicle can be determined. Recently, law enforcement agencies have also begun using laser technology in the form of Light Detection and Ranging guns (LIDAR), which operate similarly to the more traditional radar except that they use lasers instead of radio waves.

Calibration Record Evidence in Speeding Ticket Cases

Both radar and LIDAR guns require regular calibration and adjustment. Radar guns are calibrated through the use of tuning forks to ensure accurate readings. The recommended frequency of calibration is prior to each use according to the manufacturer; however, many jurisdictions have more lenient policies and the devices tend to be calibrated far less frequently.

This creates an avenue for attorneys to challenge radar gun evidence. Calibration records for the device are requested, and if there is a discrepancy as to the recommended calibration schedule and when it was actually calibrated, the attorney can argue that the judge should dismiss your violation. Similarly, if a radar device is not calibrated correctly (i.e., it was calibrated without the actual use of a tuning fork), an argument can be made that the ticket is based on false evidence and should be dismissed.

Challenging Radar, LIDAR Training in Speeding Tickets

Any officer using radar or LIDAR technology in Michigan must go through a training and certification program before operating the device. Our attorneys generally request certification records for the ticketing officer, and if the officer is not properly certified, an argument can be made that the elevated reading was a result of operator error.

Speak to a Livonia Speeding Ticket Attorney

Radar and LIDAR technology provide persuasive evidence in determining excessive speed. However, a skilled and experienced speeding ticket lawyer can fight your ticket or get it reduced. Seeking the advice of our experienced Livonia area speeding ticket attorneys greatly increases your chances of getting your fines and points reduced or dismissed entirely.

In most 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 Livonia or any other District Court!

Free Consultation
Livonia Area Speeding Ticket Attorney: 800-717-4757

Michigan Eliminates Driver Responsibility Fees for Traffic Tickets

Goodbye Michigan Driver Responsibility Fees for Traffic Tickets

On October 1, 2018, a bill went into effect that essentially puts an end to Michigan’s driver responsibility fees. The bill effectively eliminates the $637 million in debt owed by approximately 350,000 Michigan drivers, and will eventually give every Michigander a $4,900 personal tax exemption.

Driver Responsibility Fees for Traffic Tickets

In 2003, in the face of Michigan’s faltering economy, the legislature imposed driver responsibility fees which ranged from $100 to $2,000, in an attempt to create a revenue stream which would help to alleviate pressure on Michigan’s budget.

Estimates indicate that during the almost 15 years the program has been in place, driver responsibility fees brought between $99 million and $115 million into the budget. These fees were charged in addition to the normal fines for traffic citations.

The unintended consequence of the fees, however, was that many Michigan drivers lost their licenses because they did not have the ability to pay. Not having a driver’s license made it very difficult for these drivers to travel to and from work, or to take and pick up their children from school.

Effect of New Law on Driver Responsibility Fees for Traffic Tickets

The new law immediately eliminated the issuance of any new driver responsibility fees, and as of October 1, 2018, all outstanding debts due to the fees were wiped out. Any driver who had entered into an installment payment plan can have any remaining debt forgiven, and may also apply to have his or her license reinstated.

Suspended licenses for drivers who aren’t on payment plans may be reinstated as of Oct. 1 and if the drivers apply for reinstatement before December 31, 2018, the $125 reinstatement fee will be waived. Those who are part of the Workforce Development programs are also eligible to have fees waived and licenses reinstated upon completion of the program.

The State of Michigan is making a concerted attempt to educate the public as to their options, and to help them figure out how to get driver’s licenses reinstated if it was previously suspended for unpaid driver responsibility fees. A helpline has been set up by the Secretary of State (888-767-6424), and information is also available on the state’s website (www.michigan.gov/sos).

More information is also available through the Treasury Department (helpline: 517-636-5240; website: www.michigan.gov/driverresponsibility).

Livonia Area Attorneys Beats Traffic Tickets

The fastest way to get your driver’s license back, and to be sure any outstanding fees you have are removed with according to the new law, is to contact our Livonia area attorneys.

Our experienced Livonia area traffic ticket 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 Livonia or any other District Court!

Free Consultation
Livonia Area Traffic Ticket Attorney: 800-717-4757

Livonia 16th District Court Traffic Ticket Fines

Livonia 16th District Court Traffic Ticket Fines

If you plan to “plead guilty”(admit responsibility) traffic tickets in Livonia must be paid in full within 14 Calendar Days of receiving the citation. A $35.00 late charge is automatically added after the 14th day. After 56 days an additional 20% late fee will be assessed .

If you wish to fight a Livonia traffic ticket, you must request a hearing within 14 days, or you will be found guilty by default (” automatically lose” ). Additionally, failure to respond to the traffic ticket in the required timely manner will result in the suspension of your driving privileges, as well as a reinstatement fee.

If you have received a traffic ticket in Livonia, Michigan, call our traffic ticket lawyers immediately. We can ensure that your request for a hearing in the 16th District Court is filed in a timely manner so that you do not incur any late fees.

You have the best chance of “beating” your traffic ticket by hiring an experienced Livonia 16th District Court Traffic Ticket attorney. We can negotiate the best “deal” with the prosecutor or city attorney handling your traffic ticket case.  In most cases, our attorneys can appear for you in the 16th District Court  – so you do not even have to go to Court yourself.

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Livonia Traffic Ticket Attorneys

If you have received a traffic ticket in Livonia or anywhere on Michigan, your next step should be to talk to an experienced traffic ticket attorney. We can explain the fees and points you are facing, and help you “fight” your traffic ticket in the 16th District Court.

Our traffic ticket attorneys can typically get your ticket reduced or dismissed – and can save you thousands of dollars in fines, court costs, car insurance increases, driver responsibility fees and license restoration costs later. In most cases, we can appear for you – and you do not even have to go to Court.

Our lawyers have helped hundreds of people “beat” their Livonia traffic tickets in the 16th District Court. Your first telephone consultation is always FREE, so call today and see how our experienced Livonia traffic ticket attorneys can help you.

Free Consultation
Livonia Traffic Ticket Attorneys: 800-717-4757