We Fight Criminal Traffic Violations in Michigan
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Not every traffic violation can be taken care of with a fine. Michigan has many misdemeanor and felony criminal traffic violations that are far more high stakes.
Criminal traffic violations in Michigan include DUI/OWI, child endangerment, running from the police, driving on a suspended or revoked license, reckless driving, and manslaughter. For those convicted, the penalty often includes incarceration.
If you have been charged with a serious criminal traffic violation in Flint, Grand Rapids, Detroit, or anywhere else in Michigan, start protecting your freedom now. Contact the trusted Michigan criminal defense law firm Manley & Manley. We offer free case consultations to potential clients. You can ask questions, learn more about your specific charges and hear your legal options.
In the meantime, here's what you need to know about criminal traffic violations in Michigan and how a lawyer can help you if you get charged.
Michigan traffic violation types
In general, Michigan has three types of traffic violations: civil infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies.
- Civil infractions are the least serious traffic violations. If you address them promptly, they can often be resolved through a formal or informal hearing or by paying a fine.
- Misdemeanor traffic violations include things like reckless driving, hit and run, and drag racing. In some cases, operating while intoxicated (OWI), aka DUI, can be charged as a misdemeanor. Conviction may result in fines and up to 1 year in county jail. Your driving privileges may be suspended, revoked, or restricted.
- Felony traffic violations typically involve either repeat offenses or death or serious injury to another person. Such violations include 3rd offense OWI, using false insurance information, 2nd offense child endangerment, or hit and run causing serious injury or death. If convicted, the crimes could be punishable by jail or prison in addition to fines. Your driving privileges may be revoked, suspended, or restricted.
To preserve your record and your freedom, contact Manley & Manley about your criminal traffic violation.
Michigan traffic tickets and charges
Michigan has about 80 traffic violations that are classified as misdemeanors or felonies. Some of these violations include:
- DUI or OWI causing death or serious injury
- Vehicular manslaughter
- Reckless driving
- Fleeing or eluding an officer
- Child endangerment
- Murder/auto use
- Allowing an intoxicated or impaired person to operate a motor vehicle
- Negligent homicide
- BAC of 0.17 or higher while operating a motor vehicle
- Drag racing
- Providing false information
- Felonious driving
How a traffic violation defense lawyer can help
Manley & Manley takes the protection of your rights and freedom seriously. We are dedicated to giving people caught up in the Michigan justice system the best defense possible.
Strategies for your defense may include attacking the legality of your traffic stop and, if necessary, the subsequent search and seizure. Depending on your circumstances, we may request a civil conference, or an informal or formal hearing to clear up the violation.
If you face a serious traffic violation, do not delay; take action. There is a statute of limitations, and we want to start investigating your case right away. Contact Manley & Manley for a free case consultation. Someone is available to hear from you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you.