Traffic Offenses

Traffic Offenses

MICHIGAN TRAFFIC TICKETS & VIOLATIONS

The law firm of Caldwell Law, PLLC represents clients on Michigan traffic tickets throughout the West Michigan area representing both CMV drivers and personal vehicles. On 90% of the cases I'm hired on I either get the charge reduced or dismissed.

Speeding Ticket Lawyer
Under Michigan law, a traffic violation is classified as either a civil infraction or a misdemeanor. Sanctions are charge specific, but they can include fines and costs, license suspension and, in the case of misdemeanor traffic offenses, jail. Failure to take care of a traffic ticket may also lead to driver license suspension.

In addition, points may be posted to your driving 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 or 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 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 if you are young. Furthermore, an accumulation of too many points can lead to the Secretary of State’s Office requiring you to appear at a driver license re-examination hearing. These hearings can result in license sanctions, including license suspension.

If you’d like the best chance at negotiating a ticket reduction, you want Mr. Caldwell representing you. To discuss your ticket with Mr. Caldwell, please call (616) 915-6576.

  • Michigan Traffic Citations Penalties
  • Accident- Fail to Stop or ID after Personal Injury 6 points, misdemeanor, 90-day suspension
  • Accident- Fail to Stop or ID after Property Damage 6 points, misdemeanor
  • Accident- Hit and Run 6 points
  • Careless Driving 3 points
  • Disobey Stop Sign 3 points
  • Disobey Traffic Signal 3 points
  • Drag Racing 4 points
  • Drove While License Suspended/Revoked/Denied 2 points, misdemeanor, additional suspension
  • Drove Without Due Care & Caution 2 points
  • Failure to Dim Lights 2 points
  • Failure to Signal 2 points
  • Failure to Stop within Clear Distance 2 points
  • Failure to Yield 2 points
  • Failure to Yield Emergency Responder 4 points, misdemeanor
  • Improper Passing 3 points
  • Improper Turn 2 points
  • Open Intoxicant in Motor Vehicle 2 points; misdemeanor
  • Reckless Driving 6 points; misdemeanor; 90-day suspension
  • Speeding No Amount Given up through 10 mph over 2 points
  • Speeding up through 15 mph over 3 points
  • Speeding over 15 mph 4 points
  • Violation of Basic Speed Law 2 point

Point System
Under Michigan law, some traffic violations are civil infractions while others are misdemeanors or felonies. Depending on the violation and how it is resolved, 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.

Each time 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 or found guilty of or responsible for a civil infraction. Points placed on your driver record remain there for two years from the date of conviction. If you believe there are extenuating circumstances for the ticket you received, these must be submitted when you appear in court. The Secretary of State cannot set aside a court conviction or the points for it. The following shows the points for some traffic violations:

Points For Some Traffic Convictions*

Six Points:

Manslaughter, negligent homicide, or other felony involving use of a motor vehicle.
Operating under the influence of liquor or drugs.
Failing to stop and give identification at the scene of a crash.
Reckless driving.
Unlawful bodily alcohol content of 0.08 or more.
Refusal to take a chemical test.
Fleeing or eluding a police officer.
Four Points:

Drag racing.
Operating while visibly impaired.
Under age 21 with any bodily alcohol content.
16 mph or more over the legal speed limit.
Failure to yield/show due caution for emergency vehicles.
Three Points:

Careless driving.
Disobeying a traffic signal or stop sign or improper passing.
11 through 15 mph over the legal speed limit.
Failure to stop at railroad crossing.
Failure to stop for a school bus or for disobeying a school crossing guard.
Two Points:

Open alcohol container in vehicle.
All other moving violations of traffic laws.
Refusal of Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) by a driver under age 21.