Traffic / Speeding Tickets
With over 120,000 miles of state, county and local roads in the state of Michigan – including over 9,000 miles of interstate and state highways – drivers, especially out-of-state drivers, are easy targets for local and state law enforcement agencies. Plus, with 84% of Michigan residents living within two miles of a road in the state highway system, even Michigan drivers are at high risk of being pulled over for speeding and other traffic offenses.
Michigan’s state police officers and county sheriffs are notorious for lingering in the medians on state and interstate highways, scanning for out-of-state license plates – more often than not those of Illinois and Indiana drivers – with the knowledge that these drivers are less likely to fight their tickets in court. You can bet Michigan’s county prosecutors share that same belief. Don’t cash in your chips without a fight! Though the cards may seem to be stacked against you, the Peter J. Johnson Law Office, PLLC can reach out and protect your driving privileges wherever you may live if you get a traffic ticket in Michigan. But we can only help you if you call us today!
Distinguishing Traffic Offenses
Traffic violations in Michigan are classified and handled differently than other states nearby. Some are classified as criminal offenses – misdemeanors and felonies – while others are civil infractions. Some offenses will result in mandatory license suspensions and/or denial or revocation of driving privileges, while others carry heavy fines and reinstatement fees. Find the complete list of licensing sanctions at the Michigan Secretary of State website. Additionally, Michigan employs a point system for the commission of certain traffic offenses. For example, your Michigan driver’s license will be assessed:
- 4 points for 16+ miles per hour over the speed limit
- 3 points for careless driving or 11+ miles per hour over the speed limit
- 2 points for 10 or less miles per hour over the speed limit and other moving violations
You can also see the complete point system list at the Michigan Secretary of State website. Earn too many points in a two-year period and your driving privileges will be suspended. Finally, some non-driving offenses, like certain drug convictions, carry with them mandatory licensing actions, which can result in the loss of your driving privileges.
The Bottom Line
Michigan’s compiled laws are a spider web of penalties and sanctions that require the assistance of an experienced, knowledgeable attorney who can help preserve your driving privileges and ultimately your livelihood. The attorneys at the Peter J. Johnson Law Office, PLLC have that experience and knowledge and will – whether you live in our county, the next one over, or three states away – work vigorously to minimize the impact of your traffic ticket on your driver’s license and pocketbook. We may even be able to resolve your violation without you needing to appear in court!
Don’t take the “easy way out” and simply pay the fines and costs, thinking a lawyer is too expensive! It may cost you more in the long run, and with flat fees starting as low as $500, the Peter J. Johnson Law Office, PLLC is an affordable and smart option to exercise. Contact us today for a free consultation – over the phone or in our office – to discuss your traffic issues. If you don’t reach an attorney when you call, we guarantee a call back within 24 hours. Not many attorneys will make that kind of promise these days!
Out-of-State Truck Drivers
The Peter J. Johnson Law Office, PLLC has worked for years with OTR drivers and other CDL operators facing traffic violations for weight limit violations, speeding tickets, passing the scales, and other commercial licensing infractions. We know the inconvenience of having to deal with a traffic ticket in a state you don’t live in and only occasionally pass through and the challenges truckers face trying to coordinate their schedules for a court appearance in state well outside their home jurisdiction. The Peter J. Johnson Law Office, PLLC will work with you over the phone and in your absence to minimize or have dismissed the infractions you are charged with without you having to appear in court. For attorneys who understand the limitations and constraints facing truck drivers when it comes to fighting traffic tickets, contact the Peter J. Johnson Law Office, PLLC today!