Farmington, MI asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan

Q: 3 months ago I was pulled over In Oklahoma for speeding 100 in a 75. It was my first offense.

I didn't realize I was going so fast, I was following the flow of the traffic on the turnpike. I was issued 800 dollars in tickets, 1 for reckless driving for doing 20+ and the other for not having my insurance printed out (It was on my phone). I live in Michigan and could not fight the insurance ticket. I was told that if I paid the tickets I would be fine. 3 months later and I get a notice in the mail That OK is suspending my driver's license. I was driving a rental car, all rental cars automatically have the minimum liability insurance necessary to operate. I went to the rental company and they refused to sign the paper stating the vehicle was insured. I have my own personal insurance for my own vehicle. I don't know what to do. I'm only 21, and I get it I messed up by speeding, but does Oklahoma really have the jurisdiction to suspend a Michigan license? DPS also wants me to mail my license all the way there. Please help.

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Short answer is yes, they probably do through what's called reciprocity. In a nutshell, many states cooperate with each other to enforce licensing restrictions. This prevents people from going between states to avoid penalties.

As to why your license is suspended: it's likely a mute point now that you were likely defaulted for not appearing on the insurance ticket. Any proof you have doesn't matter now because the time for you to respond has expired.

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