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.....
A: Set the case for a pretrial. Contact the Secretary of State and purchase your driving record. Ask them the status of your license. Ask them if there were any restrictions on your license when you were stopped. It is possible you have unpaid tickets that resulted in a suspension? If so, contact the courts where there are any outstanding tickets and go pay them and obtain a record of the release. Once you have paid the tickets, go to he Secretary of State and get a Certified Driving Record. Appear at court (with counsel) at your pretrial Your attorney canpresent the prosecutor/city attorney with the releases and negotiate for a better result.
A: 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 point of dismissal of the charge. It would be easier to evaluate the entire situation if I could see your driving record. I, as I believe many attorneys will do, will review at no charge a driving record that is faxed or e-mailed to me. There may be something on your driving record that caused the officer to question your license status. You might need help in resolving whatever that is. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford
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