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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: speeding ticket for 100 mph in a 70 mph with wrong vehicle year and wrong Vin number

comments “left lane.”

Ticket was issued during rush hour it’s not physically possible to do 100 mph during rush hour

I watched the police officer look at my Vin number when I told him this is a new vehicle so he clearly knew that the Vin numbers did not match with what he put... Read more »

Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Jun 15, 2020

In general, errors of the type this officer made will not be enough to get a ticket dismissed, but if there are enough errors, and they are relevant enough, it does throw the officer's observations into doubt. I suggest you retain an attorney who handles a lot of traffic ticket cases in you... Read more »

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Q: Can you get arrested for a bench warrant? If you go to pay a long over due fine (5+ years), will they arrest you?

The fine/ticket was for a cracked windshield and something to due with his car but he did not have money to pay in at the time so he did not pay the ticket. It has been over 5 years since he had a car now and he recently found out he had a bench warrant. He want to pay the money but wasn't... Read more »

Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on May 12, 2020

He may be taken into custody, probably briefly, to book him on the warrant, which will then clear the warrant and he can pay the fines. He needs to be sure he has enough money with him to pay the fine, the late fees, the reinstatement fee for his driver's license which is probably also going... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Michigan on
Q: One more question: What is the difference between Ordinance OWI and Statute OWI. Thank you for your information.
Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Apr 1, 2020

As Mr. Buehner states, the difference is in whether the case is being prosecuted by the local municipality's attorney, or by the county prosecutor's office. There are a few municipalities that have an agreement with their county to prosecute state law cases, but that is unusual. The... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Michigan on
Q: I was arrested for misdemeanor OWI in Michigan. What does it mean when ticket says this?

To the Court: Do not arraign on felony charge until an authorized complaint is filed.

1. 257.625 2.______________ 3. ________________

My ticket says Misdemeanor but why is there a code violation next to number 1 under felony statement?

Thank you Everyone

Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Mar 30, 2020

That message is pre-printed on all Uniform Law Citations (tickets). If the box on your ticket is marked Misdemeanor, then the message about felonies doesn't apply to you. You would not be charged with a felony unless you have two prior driving under the influence convictions, or there was a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: If I just got a ticket in Detroit , 36th district, when will my court date be, the officer told me to show up in court

He told he would reduce my ticket for disregard a red light to impeding traffic, so no points

Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Mar 17, 2020

The ticket has a date, or a certain number of days, in which to respond. It is inserted about three quarters of the way down the main part of the ticket. It is on a line that starts "Appearance date on or before _______" There should be a set of instructions that are titled "Civil... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes and Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: My son got pulled over and ticketed for no insurance. Is he going to get jail time ?

My son bought a truck in Wisconsin. He was under the impression from the man that it'd b fine 2 drive the truck home 2 Michigan from Wisconsin.& then insure & register it. Well he got pulled over on the way home. He got a ticket 4 no registrarion & no insurance. They marked the... Read more »

Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Mar 10, 2020

I doubt that he is going to get jail time. He needs to fully explain the circumstances of the incident when he sees the prosecutor and the judge. He should have a dated receipt for buying the truck, to show he had just bought the vehicle. He should have photos of it in its disassembled... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: Ticket says speeding but officer told me impeding traffic

Hi, I got pulled over for speeding and the officer told me he wrote me up for impeding traffic so I don’t get points on my record, but in the ticket the charge still states speeding but he wrote impeding traffic in the comments section. He then said just let the court know it’s for impeding... Read more »

Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Jan 27, 2020

If it says Speeding, in the area on the ticket, right below where it says, In Violation of (probably Local Ordinance), then the charge is speeding, and the notation of Impeding Traffic in the remarks section is not controlling. If you just pay the ticket, you will be paying for a speeding ticket.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Michigan on
Q: I’m on probation for a dwi and was set to do 96 hrs of community service and cannot because of my job, can I pay a fine?
Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Jan 24, 2020

Normally you can't "buy" your way out of community service. A lot of courts look at community service as an alternative to giving a person time in jail, so they often see it like they have already given you a break by not putting you in jail. Talk with your probation officer and... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: Received a DWLS citation (MCL 257.9041B) BUT my licence was valid. Driving status was questionable. Now what?

Proved that I was valid driver within the ten days allotted. Arraignment was set anyway. At arraignment was told I had to set a pretrial confrence. Etc.....

Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Nov 25, 2019

Arraignment is usually just a formality (assuming you plead not guilty) to inform you of the charges and see if you are going to plead guilty or not guilty. It is at a Pre-trial that discussions would be held with the prosecutor to decide if the case could be resolved without a trial, even to the... Read more »

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Q: I got a warning charge that has the “citation” and “warning” boxes checked next to it. Do I need to pay for the fine?

So the ticket was originally for an illegal turn. He made it for impeding traffic and on the line directly below it, is the illegal turn violation with its own fine and 2 points. I asked if my insurance would increase and he said no because it’s just a warning and I need to pay the impeding... Read more »

Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Nov 20, 2019

I agree that you need to get an explanation about this ticket. Maybe you can call the court and get clarification, but be sure you comply with the time limit stated on the ticket to formally respond to the ticket. If you can't get a satisfactory explanation, request an Informal Hearing and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Michigan on
Q: Does michigan have a dui law that relates to using a pedal bike
Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Sep 15, 2019

Operating a vehicle while intoxicated is what is prohibited. A vehicle is defined as a device that moves or can move on a highway, but not if it is powered only by human power. A bicycle without a motor is not a vehicle. A bicycle that has a power assist, that is being used, would be a vehicle. If... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Michigan on
Q: If Im being charged w/ OWI & high BAC (.21), what should I do? Get a lawyer or can I do court apt? Plead guilty or not?

I am a 25 and it's my 1st offense. I already work 2 jobs to pay the bills, so if you think a court appointed public defender can get the job done, same as a OWI attorney, please say that. Money is tight. What do I need to know & do? My arrainment is this coming Friday Sept. 6th

Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Sep 3, 2019

Many court appointed lawyers are very competent attorneys and serve their clients well. To some extent, it depends on what court the case is in, and who you get as an attorney. Some courts use a "house counsel" system that has one attorney handling all the court appointed cases that... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: Can police hide then pull you over?

I left work a cop passed me from opposite direction I pulled in friends driveway and dropped off her work badge. Saw the cop fly by going in the direction I was previously going. I got back in car proceeded to go home down the road I saw the same cop parked on a side road. I was not speeding then.... Read more »

Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Aug 30, 2019

If the officer witnessed you speeding, the fact that he did not pull you over immediately is not a defense. You should contact an attorney who handles traffic cases on a regular basis for some guidance on how your particular case should be handled. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford

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Q: I got a speeding ticket with incorrect info on it. The Name, date of birth, address is wrong. Can I get this dismissed?

The only thing that is correct on the ticket is the Vehicle plate number. Should I fight this in court or contact the officer's supervisor?

Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on May 9, 2019

Probably the best way to approach this is to ask for an Informal Hearing. When you go for that, you can tell the Magistrate about the mistakes on the ticket, but even before you do that, talk with the officer, who should be there for the hearing, and see if you can reach an agreement that will not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Michigan on
Q: Will my restricted Michigan license still be in effect if I move back there? I have full license in Colorado currently.

I had a restricted license when I moved from Michigan from a drunk driving 24 years ago(actually had two in same year). Colorado gave me a full license 2.5 years ago and now I want to move back to Michigan. I'm wondering if Michigan will give me my full license back or will it still be restricted?

Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Apr 2, 2019

That's a good question, and hard to answer without some further information. The most likely way to get a good answer is to obtain a COMPLETE, CERTIFIED driving record from the Michigan Secretary of State, and let me or some other Michigan attorney who handles drunk driving cases and the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Michigan on
Q: Can michigan put a hold on my license if I got a DUI before I got my Michigan license 20 plus hears ago

I have already paid my reinstament fee in KY I have never so much as been in a vehicle pulled over in Michigan

Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Mar 29, 2019

To give the best answer, I would need to see your Michigan driving record, if there is one, and also would try to interpret your Kentucky driving record. But if you have a valid Kentucky driver's license, it sounds like you should be able to get a Michigan license without the incident in... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: Got arrested for driving without insurance, can I sell my car to pay the ticket before my court date?

I got arrested for driving without insurance in the state of Michigan but didn’t go to jail, I got released. I got my car out of the impound, I have a court date in about 2 weeks. Can I legally sell my car to pay off my ticket before the court date? Or will I get in more trouble for selling the... Read more »

Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Mar 2, 2019

So far as I know, there would be nothing preventing you from selling the car. If you keep the car, however, be sure you get insurance on it before you go to court, and take the proof of insurance coverage to court as soon as possible. If you can't do it before the court date, take the proof... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury, DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: I was in an accident yesterday and had a blood level of 2.98. This will be my second offense and I’m really worried

I ended up totaling my boyfriends new truck and going to the hospital. I was not in the right state of mind when the cops talked to me and might have jeopardized myself. I had also taken two cbd gummies which is why I was drowsy. 4 years ago I got charged with an owi so this will be my second... Read more »

Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Feb 21, 2019

You definitely need an attorney to help you with the situation. The information here does not indicate where this happened, which can affect how to approach the case, the cost for legal services, and who might be a good choice of attorneys. I think it would be better if you called me, or some... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Civil Litigation for Michigan on
Q: I need to take care of a 14 year old traffic for driving on suspended license what's my options
Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Feb 7, 2019

Contact the court to see if there is a warrant for your arrest. If so, find out what the amount of the bond is. You would normally then have to go to the police department, but sometimes directly to the court, to turn yourself in on the warrant and post the bond, and get the charge set for a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Michigan on
Q: Is there a limit to how long to the police have to give me a drug test once they stop me?
Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Dec 11, 2018

No, there is not a time limit. Any delay can be considered in determining the reliability of the results, but probably not their admissibility. If you don't have an attorney to help you with this situation, get one. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford

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