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.

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Romulus Traffic Ticket Lawyers: 800-717-4757

 

New 34th District Court Building Under Construction

New 34th District Court Building Under Construction

The 34th District Court, located in Romulus Michigan, is one very busy courthouse and has outgrown its 26,000-square-foot building current.

The 34th District Court services the cities of Romulus and Belleville, and the Townships of Sumpter, Van Buren and Huron, handling a load of more than 87,000 cases in 2017.

Traffic tickets and violations make up the majority of this case load – representing approximately 75% of the cases held in 34th District Court in most years.

According to the 34th District Court’s 2015 Caseload Report, the total number of traffic cases handled that year was:

  • Parking 3,401
  • Civil Infractions 58,371
  • Misdemeanors 5,965
  • OUIL/OWI 666

New 34th District Court Completion August 2019

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new and improved 34th District Court building took place on April 23 and completion of the Court house is anticipated by August of 2019.

The new building will be located just west of the current courthouse. The facility will be a two-story, 50,000-square-foot building – almost doubling the size of the current 34th District Court.

Building this 34th District Court building is the largest public project in the history of the Romulus.

Traffic Tickets Pay for New 34th District Court

There will be no additional cost to taxpayers, for the new $17 million building, as it is being paid for largely by traffic ticket revenue.

About five years ago, the 34th District Court began assessing a $20 fee per ticket to be applied to debt reduction on the bonds that will finance the project.

So if you have received a traffic ticket in the 34th District Court in the last 5 years, you have actually helped to pay for the new building!

Paying a traffic ticket, or going to court, is never a fun experience. But it should be a bit more pleasant once the new 34th District Court Building is open for business.

Currently, cramped facilities – including some employees working out of hallways and closets – has led to inefficiencies, delays and an overall unpleasant experience. The new courthouse, however will offer energy efficient, high tech, state-of-the-art facilities for the public and the 45 Court employees.

Best 34th District Court Traffic Lawyers

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

Our Romulus area traffic lawyers are committed to offering you the most effective representation in your traffic ticket case, at the most affordable prices. Hiring a traffic 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 tickets – we can help you, too. Your first telephone consultation is always FREE, so call today and see how our experienced 34th District Court traffic lawyer can help you.

Free Consultation
34th District Court Traffic Ticket Lawyers: 800-717-4757

34th District Court Traffic Ticket Fines

Traffic Tickets Fines in Romulus 34th District Court

Traffic tickets received in Romulus Michigan are handled by the 34th District Court. The Romulus District Court is open from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday and closed on weekends.

If you plan to admit responsibility (“plead guilty”) traffic tickets in Romulus must be paid in full within 14 Calendar Days of receiving the violation. A $50.00 late charge will be assessed after the 14th day. 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).

If you have received a traffic ticket in Romulus  Michigan, call our traffic lawyers immediately. We can ensure that your request for a hearing 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.

34th District Court Traffic Ticket Convenience Fees

Tickets can be paid in person at the 34the District Court House (at 11131 Wayne Rd.) 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.

Convenience fees are $5.00 for paying tickets $100 or less by phone or online. The convenience fee jumps to $10 for ticket payments from $101 to $200. And the phone/online convenience fees can be as high as $300 on a $4000 payment!

34th 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.

Below are the 34th District Court Traffic Ticket Fines, effective July, 1, 2018.

Note that this schedule of 34th 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.

Driving Ticket Fees in 34th District Court

Careless Driving Without Accident  $195.00
Careless Driving With Accident  $225.00
Drove Without Lights On/Fail to Dim Lights  $150.00
Drove Across Median  $150.00
Drove Wrong Way  $150.00
Follow Too Closely/Tailgating  $150.00
Impeding Traffic  $180.00
Improper Lane Use  $150.00
Obstructed Vision  $150.00
Improper Passing $150.00
Drove Left of Center $150.00
Failed to Signal/Observe $150.00
Prohibited Turn $150.00

Failure to Stop or Yield Ticket Fees in 34th District Court

Disregard Traffic Control Device  $180.00
Disregard Red/Yellow Signal  $180.00
Disregard Stop Sign  $180.00
Disregard Railroad Signal  $180.00
Disregard School Bus Flashers  $195.00
Failed to Stop Leaving Private Drive  $150.00
Failed to Yield Right of Way   $150.00
Failed to Yield to Emergency Vehicle  $180.00

License & Insurance Ticket Fees in 34th District Court

Expired Plates $150.00
Failed to Change Address $180.00
No Proof of Insurance Presented to Court Within 14 Days $0.00
No Proof of Insurance Presented to Court After 14 Days $145.00
No Proof of Insurance Purchased After Ticket Issued – Must Present to Court $170.00
No Proof of Insurance No Proof Shown $220.00
No Proof of Registration Presented to Court Within 14 days $0.00
No Proof of Registration Presented to Court After 15 Days $150.00
Expired Operators License* $255.00
No Operators License on Person* $255.00
You may show valid license at a Police Station and bring a Police Officer’s signature on the ticket to the 34th District Court by the appearance date and the fine/cost will be waived.

Speeding Ticket Fees in 34th District Court

1-5 MPH Over Limit $130.00
6-10 MPH Over Limit $150.00
11-15 MPH Over Limit $170.00
16-20 MPH Over Limit $180.00
16-25 MPH Over Limit on Highway$180.00
21+ MPH Over Limit $195.00
26+ MPH Over Limit on Highway $195.00

Other Ticket Fees in 34th District Court

Handicap Parking $130.00
Prohibited Parking $70.00
Improper Backing $180.00
No Child Restraint $130.00
No Seat Belt $65.00
Refusal to take preliminary breath test (PBT) $180.00
Defective Equipment* $150.00
* You may show the repair at a Police Station and bring a Police Officer’s signature on the ticket to the 34th District Court by the appearance date and the fine/cost will be waived.

Best 34th District Court Traffic Lawyers

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

Our Romulus area traffic lawyers are committed to offering you the most effective representation in your traffic ticket case, at the most affordable prices. Hiring a traffic 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 tickets – we can help you, too. Your first telephone consultation is always FREE, so call today and see how our experienced 34th District Court traffic lawyer can help you.

Free Consultation
34th District Court Traffic Ticket Lawyers: 800-717-4757

Traffic Lawyers Share Info About Romulus Michigan

Traffic Lawyers Share Info
About Romulus Michigan

If you live in Michigan or Northwest Ohio, chances are you have been in the city of Romulus at least a few times, as it is the location of Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW).

While Romulus, MI has a population under 25,000 – making it the 1,857th largest city in the United States – millions of people pass through Romulus every year travelling to and from Detroit Metro Airport.

Recent census data puts the population of Romulus at only 22,979 people, with a mere 8,439 households in the city. Contrast that figure with the more than 34 million travelers who flew in and out of Detroit Metro Airport in Romulus last year.

This large number of travelers passing through DTW in Romulus is increasing at a rate of almost 1% per year. There were about 300,000 more ticketed passengers using DTW in 2017 than in 2016. A large contributor to this increase came from international travelers, as a result of a 4.6% increase in global airline tickets compared with 2016.

History & Development of Romulus

The French-Canadian settlers who arrived in 1826 in what is now Romulus, could never have envisioned the Romulus of today, with its major airport, large General Motors plant, constant traffic and expansive networks of roads and freeways.

Romulus was also home to two important stops along the Underground Railroad in the 1800s, as slaves fled the inhumane treatment on plantations in the South and migrated to Canada and the free states of the North.

Both of these structures are still standing in 2018. The Samuel Kingsley Home was moved from Ozga Road near Pullens Corners, to Hunt Street across from the Romulus Historical Museum. The White Church at the Pullens Corner (now called “Five Points”) is now called 5 Points Church.

Romulus Points of Interest

Of course, there’s much more to Romulus than just the Metro Detropit Airport. Almost every major hotel chain has a presence in Romulus to accomodate the many travelers, including: Embassy Suites, Marriot, Hampton Inns, Hilton Garden Inn, Wyndam, and more.

A favorite attraction in the Romulus community is the Links at Gateway Golf Course, a Bruce Matthews Design Championship 18-hole course.

The Romulus Athletic Center is also apopular venue, with aquatics, a gymnasium, fuitness classes, aquatics, a dance studio and the “Tarmac” a 1,500 sq.ft. multi-purpose area featuring a special, impact absorbing rubber sports floor.

Traffic in Romulus

By 1960 the section of I-94 connecting Detroit and Buffalo by freeway was completed, passing directly through Romulus.  And in January 1977 the I-275 freeway was completed, further increasing the amount of traffic passing through Romulus every day.

With the millions of cars that pass along these freeways every day, the Romulus police department and the Wayne County Sherriff, and The Michigan State Police issue hundreds of traffic tickets every day – to both the residents, commuters and travelers going to and from Metro Airport (DTW). Traffic tickets issued in Romulus are handled by the 34th District Court located at 11131 Wayne Rd.

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

In most cases, investing a small amount of money in an experienced Romulus traffic ticket lwyer 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.

Best Romulus Traffic Ticket Lawyers

If you received a traffic ticket at Metro Airport or anywhere in Romulus, or Wayne, Oakland or Macomb County call our office right away.  Our lawyers have helped hundreds of people “beat” their tickets – we can help you, too. Your first telephone consultation is always FREE, so call today and see how our experienced Romulus traffic ticketlawyer can help you.

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

Lawyers Tips for Airport Traffic Tickets in Romulus (Part 1)

Lawyers’ Tips for
Traffic Tickets Near Metro Airport in Romulus

With more than 34 million travelers passing through Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) in Romulus, Michigan, thousands of traffic tickets are issued in this area every year. In this two part article our experienced traffic lawyers explain why so many tickets are issued in Romulus, and what you can do about them.

Who Issues Traffic Tickets Near the Airport in Romulus?

Traffic tickets are typically issued by either the Romulus Police Department or the Airport Police Department around Wayne County (Detroit Metropolitan) Airport.  However, Michigan State Police also have jurisdiction to issue traffic tickets on highways, and in unincorporated areas as well as all the towns and cities anywhere within the state of Michigan.

Traffic tickets written in Romulus by Michigan State troopers are most likely to be issued on one of the area freeways – 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.

Who Court Handles Traffic Tickets from the Airport in Romulus?

Traffic tickets received at the airport or in Romulus are assigned to the 34th District Court, at 11121 Wayne Road in Romulus. Felony traffic charges at the airport (such as 3rd offense drunk driving) begin with an arraignment in Romulus’ 34th District Court, but then are moved to the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit.

What Traffic Tickets are given near the Airport in Romulus?

With so many people rushing to the airport to catch their flights, speeding tickets are among the most common traffic tickets given in the Metro Detroit area in and around Romulus, Michigan.

Many drunk driving tickets are also issued in Romulus, by officers on the alert for arriving travelers who may have been drinking while on the plane.

Impeding Traffic tickets are another common airport infraction issued at or near DTW in Romulus. This ticket can be given for “double parking,” parking in a tow away zone, leaving your vehicle in a temporary standing area too long – or virtually anything else the police officer feels interferes with or obstructs the flow of traffic.

Additionally, Texting While Driving is prohibited anywhere in Michigan, including while driving on or around the airport. So if a traveler is checking his a departure time on her phone, or a driver is responding to a text from a passenger they are picking up – they may receive a Texting While Driving ticket in Romulus.

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Laws Governing Airport Traffic Tickets

Both the Romulus Police Department and the Wayne County Airport Police are constantly on high alert for criminal activity in and around the airport. So minor violations that may go unnoticed in other cities, may result in a ticket in Romulus around DTW.

Also, under Section 22 of the Wayne County Airport Authority Airport Ordinance, there are serious additional penalties for committing a crime or traffic violation (Section 18) at Detroit Metro Airport. For an administrative offense, a monetary penalty of up to $1,000 can be assessed.

If someone is convicted of any offense punishable as a misdemeanor, they will be assessed a fine of up to $500.00 and the costs of prosecution. In addition, they can be sentenced to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days.

Should I Hire a Lawyer for a  Romulus Airport Traffic Ticket?

Oftentimes, people make the mistake of paying their ticket rather than fighting them – particularly out of state travelers – because of the inconvenience.

If you plead responsible to a Romulus traffic violation, remember that you are admitting guilt. In addition to points on your driving record, you will likely face increased insurance company rates. It will also make it more difficult to negotiate any traffic offenses you may receive in the future.

And, accumulated points can result in the suspension of your driver’s license – which can have serious ramifications for your job and personal life.

Romulus Airport Traffic Ticket Lawyers for Out of State Visitors

Some out of state visitors may simply ignore or pay a traffic ticket received in Romulus while travelling –instead of fighting it – figuring it’s not a big deal since they live in another state. This is a mistake, because traffic tickets received in Michigan will be shared with the driver’s home state through the Interstate Compact. And the points from the Romulus traffic ticket will appear just as if they received the ticket in their own state.

However, our Romulus traffic attorneys can handle all civil infractions in the Romulus District Court without you needing to be present, or return to Michigan.

Best Romulus Airport Traffic Ticket Lawyers

Our Romulus Airport area Traffic Ticket lawyers have an excellent track record of negotiating results that avoid any points and do not appear on your driving record.

It is a fact that drivers who hire a traffic attorney face significantly lower penalties. However, motorists who pay their tickets without hiring a lawyer face points on their driving record, increased automobile insurance premiums, and may eventually have their license suspended.

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