Under Michigan law, some traffic violations are civil infractions while others are misdemeanors. Depending on the violation, you may be fined, referred to a special program or, in the most serious situations, sent to jail. In most cases, if you do not take care of a traffic ticket, your driver license will be suspended.
If you are convicted of a traffic violation you will have to pay certain court fines and costs. In addition, points may be posted to your driver record. Under Michigan’s point system, each traffic violation has a point value, which is set by law in the Michigan Vehicle Code. Points are placed on your driver record only after you have been convicted/found guilty of a misdemeanor or responsible for a civil infraction. Points placed on your driver record remain there for two years from the date of conviction.
In most situations, traffic violations are negotiable. Hiring an attorney to attempt to negotiate a ticket may appear to be more expensive than simply paying the ticket, but that is often not the case. Points have an impact on your insurance rates, particularly if you have other points on your driving record, have alcohol or drug related convictions or you are young. Furthermore, an accumulation of too many points can lead to the Secretary of State’s Office requiring your to appear at a Driver License Re-examination hearing to determine if you are to suffer some type of license sanction, including suspension of your driver license. Remember: a driver license is a privilege, not a right. We can help you preserve that privilege.
- The following shows the points for some traffic violations:
|Felony Auto Used||6|
|Unlawfully Driving Away Auto||6|
|Failure to Stop and ID After Personal Injury Accident||6|
|Open Intoxicants in Motor Vehicle||2|
|Speeding (Under Code 2000)||No Amount Given – 2
Up through 10 mph over limit – 2
Up through 15 mph over limit -3
Over 15 mph over limit – 4
|Limited Access Speed||1 to 5 mph -0
6 to 10 mph – 1
11 to 15 mph – 2
16 to 25 mph – 3
26 and over -4
|Violation of Basic Speed Law||2|
|Failed to Stop Within Clear Assured Distance||2|
|Drove Without Due Care and Caution||2|
|Disobeyed Stop Sign||3|
|Failure to Stop for School Bus||3|
|Disobeyed Traffic Signal||3|
Traffic Offense Attorney Gaylord MI
The Law Offices of Daniel J. Harris, P.C. is a traffic offense attorney in Gaylord MI. If you are looking for a skilled and qualified traffic offense attorney in Gaylord MI, contact us today at 231.347.4444.