There are many different types of traffic offenses in Michigan. Some of the more common examples include speeding, failing to signal before turning, and disobeying a traffic sign (such as a stop or yield sign). If you’re caught committing one of these violations, you will most likely be ticketed and fined, and your car insurance rates may go up.
But other types of traffic offenses are considered to be criminal violations and carry more serious consequences. At Manley & Manley, we know that a conviction on these charges can result in a criminal record that can affect your future. Our criminal defense attorneys fight for your rights.
Criminal traffic violations in Michigan
Which traffic violations are considered criminal? Misdemeanors include operating while intoxicated (OWI) first or second offense, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, open intoxicants, failure to yield for an emergency vehicle, and leaving the scene of an accident.
Examples of felony traffic violations include OWI third offense, OWI causing seriously bodily injury or death, fleeing and eluding the police, and unlawful driving away of an automobile (UDAA).
The penalties for a misdemeanor traffic violation can include a fine, loss of driver’s license, probation or possibly jail time. The penalties for a felony traffic violation can include substantial fines and prison (up to 15 years for some offenses).
In addition, you could lose your driver’s license. You will also be left with a criminal record, which can affect your ability to find work or rent a home, as well as damage your reputation.
That’s why it’s important to call an experienced criminal defense attorney if you’ve been arrested for a criminal traffic violation.
How can a criminal defense attorney help?
An experienced defense lawyer can:
- Investigate the circumstances of your arrest
- Carefully review your police report or accident report to look for inconsistencies
- Consult experts (including accident reconstructionists, mechanics, etc.) who can help us build a strong case
- Determine if the police followed proper procedure
- File a motion to suppress evidence that was not legally obtained
Don’t take chances – get experienced legal representation
Our attorneys provide a relentless defense and will fight to get your charges dismissed or reduced. If your case goes to trial, we will fight for a “not guilty” verdict. We may be able to reach a plea deal that helps you avoid jail time or results in a substantially reduced penalty.
We will meet with you to discuss your charges and decide on the best legal strategy for your situation. Our lawyers understand the impact these charges can have on your life and will fight for the best possible outcome.
Our firm has a reputation for being aggressive and getting results. We have more than 70 years of combined criminal defense experience in Flint and throughout the state of Michigan. We are very familiar with the courts, the prosecutors, and the judges here. We know what it takes to win.
If you were arrested for a criminal traffic violation in Flint, there is no time to waste. Contact us to schedule a free case evaluation. We can give you an idea of what to expect in the legal process and answer any questions you have.