UNDERSTANDING YOUR TRAFFIC TICKET
READ YOUR TICKET. A ticket is a Uniform Law Citation form that serves as both a report and a complaint filed court that you must answer, or lose by "default". If you fail to contact the court within the time provided, the allegations of the the ticket are admitted. The contents of the ticket are very important and should be scrutinized. A guide appears at www.trafficticket.info.
CALL OUR OFFICE 586-755-2900 for a free traffic ticket review and price quotation. We can file an appearance with the Court on your behalf and represnet you in court. You man not even need to appear (depending on the specific court's policy).
DON'T LOSE. If you lose in court or fail to answer the ticket, you will suffer the punishments of law. Losing a charge in a ticket can result in a fine, points, driver improvement classes, license sanctions, license revocation, probation, jail, drver responsibility fees and increased insurance rates. In addition to the above sanctions, excessive points invoke additional driver responsibility fees. If you get a ticket, immediately contact us at 586-755-2900 to discuss it with an experienced traffic ticket lawyer.
Your driving record is the most influential factor that affects what you will pay in auto insurance premiums. Also, the more the number of incidents or claims you file the more your can expect your premiums to be. An accumulation of traffic infractions, collisions, or other moving violations on your driver's license record is going to lead an insurance company to believe that you engage in risky behaviors while operating a vehicle. Due to an insurance company's belief that risky behaviors increase the chances of you being involved in an accident, your premiums will rise accordingly. There are ways to keep your traffic record clean and to remove points once they are placed on your record. If you are able to beat the ticket, no points are placed on your record. Additionally, in Michigan you may be able to remove 1 point per year simply by taking a defensive driving course. Over time, you can accumulate a point-free record, even if your driving record was once bad, and save on insurance premiums.
Every state in the United States has a traffic code. Michigan, and several states have adopted the Uniform Traffic Code in 1956. The Uniform Traffic Code decriminalized traffic violations and created a scheme of civil infractions and misdemeanors for certain traffic violations. In 2003, Michigan enacted a Driver Responsibility Law that provides imposition of additional costs for traffic convictions and adjudications. These can be found at http://www.michigan.gov/driverresponsibility.
MICHIGAN UNIFORM TRAFFIC CODE
Act 62 of 1956
AN ACT to authorize the director of the department of state police to promulgate a uniform traffic code; to authorize a city, township, or village to adopt the uniform traffic code by reference without publication in full; and to prescribe criminal penalties and civil sanctions for violation of the code.
History: 1956, Act 62, Eff. Aug. 11, 1956 ;-- Am. 1978, Act 514, Eff. Aug. 1, 1979
Legislative Council, State of Michigan
The People of the State of Michigan enact:
SectionUniform traffic code; promulgation; adoption by reference; parking lot; entry upon private road; violation as misdemeanor or civil infraction; civil sanctions; processing of civil infraction; designating parking space for persons with disabilities; provisions relating to driving under influence or with impaired ability; “vehicle code” defined.