In Michigan, traffic tickets and other penalties can be extremely costly in terms of both time and money. Michigan drivers typically receive traffic tickets for minor offenses, such as speeding, running a stop sign, or ignoring a red light at an intersection. Drivers may also receive traffic tickets and other citations for more serious driving offenses, such as driving under the influence (DUI).
It is essential that you have experienced legal representation at every stage of your case. Doing so can save you a tremendous amount of time – not to mention hundreds of dollars in fines, penalties, and insurance premium hikes. Contact our experienced Birmingham traffic lawyers at any time, via telephone or email, for an initial consultation.
Minor driving offenses like the ones listed above usually have payable fines associated with them. Other offenses, such as drunk driving offenses, may also have fines associated with them. However, these more serious offenses can carry some additional penalties, such as loss of driving privileges, license suspensions, and jail time.
Traffic tickets and penalties also result in aggravation and inconvenience, including missed time from work to attend court appearances and, in the case of a license suspension, having to rely on others for transportation.
Even minor driving offenses with payable fines can result in points being added to a driver’s record for being an at-risk driver. This, in turn, leads to skyrocketing insurance premiums. Once insurance premiums rise significantly, it may be years before an insurance company finally lowers them.
More information about the possible penalties associated with various Michigan driving offenses can be found on the Michigan Department of Motor Vehicle’s website.
After receiving a traffic ticket and/or being charged with a driving-related offense, it is important to immediately contact an experienced Michigan traffic lawyer – even if the offense is minor.
Many times, there are hidden fines and other penalties associated with traffic tickets, and simply paying the ticket can quickly add points to any driving record. These points accumulate over time and can eventually result in a license suspension and imposition of other fees, such as a driver responsibility fee.
An experienced traffic lawyer in Birmingham will examine all of the facts and circumstances of a case, including police records and police conduct. An experienced traffic lawyer can also make a determination about whether to challenge a traffic ticket or other charge and about the likely chances of success in court.
An experienced Birmingham traffic attorney may also be able to appear in court on a driver’s behalf, without the driver ever having to appear at all. When a lawyer appears in court on behalf of a driver, he or she can negotiate a traffic ticket and try to minimize the ticket’s impact on their client’s driving record, including minimizing points and other penalties. This, in turn, will lessen the potential impact the driving offense might have on a driver’s insurance premiums.
After receiving a traffic ticket and/or being charged with a driving-related offense, it is very common for drivers to have questions about their legal rights and possible penalties. Our experienced traffic attorneys in the Birmingham area can discuss your individual situation with you and make recommendations about whether (and how) to challenge a traffic ticket or charge.