Motor Vehicle Offenses
Drivers in Michigan receive citations for traffic violations quite often, and many don’t consider it necessary to retain a lawyer to represent them in connection with the charges. You may believe that it’s more practical to pay the fine and move on rather than hire legal counsel. However, accepting the financial penalty is the equivalent of a guilty plea and the matter will be a part of your driving record. Down the road, there may be more serious consequences and implications for your driving privileges. It’s wise to consult with a skilled motor vehicle offenses lawyer about your options before conceding to the charges. Because driving history is always looked at by insurance companies and courts it is critical for anyone facing a traffic offense to do their best to minimize the final outcome on their record. Some people ignore their first tickets or traffic misdemeanors and then find out when the next matter comes up that they cannot get a break from a prosecutor because of the prior record that likely could have been alleviated while their record was clean. We think about your future and try our best to get the best possible outcome in your case whether that is a dismissal or a plea bargain to a reduced charge.
The attorneys at the office of Michigan Defense Law know that’s it’s possible to contest traffic violations and obtain a far more advantageous outcome as compared to pleading guilty to the offense. We work with you to gather information and explore your options when you’re faced with a hearing or administrative review regarding your driver’s license. Our experience allows us to deliver a customized approach to your defense and present convincing arguments on your behalf.Protecting Your Interests in Michigan Defense Cases
Though a motor vehicle offense is a civil infraction and not a crime, you face serious consequences that impact your driver’s license. These cases are handled by a state administrative agency: Formerly the Driver Assessment & Appeal Division (DAAD), the new term for this office is now as the Administrative Hearings Section (AHS). Some of the traffic violation cases we handle include:
- OWI/DWI Charges: Drunk or drugged driving may be charged as a felony or misdemeanor depending on your prior history. Typically, your third offense will be a felony that can include prison time and fines.
- Reckless Driving: A person who drives upon a highway or other public space in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of others may be charged with reckless driving. If you’re convicted, you may be sentenced up to 93 days in jail and a maximum fine of $500. In addition, your drivers license is automatically suspended for 90 days and six points will be placed on your record.
It’s important to note that the penalties for motor vehicle offenses like those mentioned above are criminal in nature, with fines and potential jail time. There are also consequences for your driving privileges. Your license could be suspended or your vehicle could be impounded, which require you to pursue your interests in a hearing before the AHS.Rely on a Michigan Based Attorney for Your Defense
At the office of Michigan Defense Law, our lawyers appreciate that your driver’s license is more than just a convenience: It’s essential to maintain your livelihood and a fundamental component of your lifestyle. The ability to travel to and from work, to manage your household, and to preserve your family responsibilities are at stake. A driver’s license suspension or revocation impedes your life’s obligations, but our lawyers can help with reinstatement to get you back behind the wheel. If you’re facing motor vehicles offenses that may impact your driving privileges, please contact us or call our Bloomfield Hills, MI office directly at (248) 451-2200. We’re happy to answer your questions or set up a case review to discuss your options.