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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 »

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Q: Can I contest this ticket for failure to stop within assures clear distance?

I received a ticket for failure to stop with assured clear distance because I rear-ended a car as we both prepared to stop for a stop sign while both slowly exiting a parking lot to a local road. This resulted in a very small dent in the other car (<1 in wide), but the other driver insisted on... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Feb 27, 2020

You can contest it through either an informal or formal hearing. What would be the basis for your challenge?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Michigan on
Q: I have got a ticket for failed to stop within a clear distance

I have got a ticket for failed to stop within a clear distance and have no proof of insurance as well. I was driving my friends car and his car does not have insurance. What's my best option how fine, points will I get?? It was very minor accident like just small dent on the car which I... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 22, 2020

It snows in Michigan and you are supposed to be going slowly enough that you can stop without hitting anyone--which is why you got the ticket.As to the no proof of insurance, as it's not your car how could you have proof of insurance? If you have insurance on your own car presumably you... Read more »

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Q: If I get pulled over for speeding. (School zone after school hrs) wasn't given a tic for that but was taken to jail ,

For dwls. And no proof of insurance which I had But wasn't active. Just proof. Can I fight any of these?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 31, 2020

Was your driver license valid? If not, than I don't know what your defense might be to that charge. There are a few that apply in very limited circumstances. And if your insurance wasn't "active", then the "proof" is invalid to the claim that you were driving without... Read more »

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Q: I got ticketed for not having my insurance info present and for having a suspended license that i was not aware of

After the policeman ticked me, he asked me for my phone number. Normal?

Mark Bredow
Mark Bredow answered on Jan 28, 2020

It is not unusual. Certainly, not improper. Remember, a police officer can ask any questions she wants. You are required to produce your license registration and proof of insurance, you are free to decline to answer other questions.

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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 Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: What to do about court fines and warrents.

I got in trouble with the law 6 years ago. I did not pay those court fines. Due to not being able to. Now I have a greatjob that pays me really well. I would like to pay them off however I have a warrant for my arrest because of those fines. Right now at my job we are on mandatory 7 days if I miss... Read more »

Mark Bredow
Mark Bredow answered on Jan 13, 2020

Not enough information. I don't know whether you are talking about traffic fines, misdemeanor fines, and costs, or felony. I don't know your prior history, whether you have a long record of cases and failure to appear. Many factors enter the equation. Don't mess around. Hire an... Read more »

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Q: Hi i got pulled over for a warrant that i known nothing about the cop said for driving on a restricted license

I never got pulled over for that nor did i ever get a ticket handed to me if so i would have paid it so i paid 100 bond to cop and now a court date frustrated

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 5, 2020

Not sure what happened, but the best thing you can do now is appear in court to resolve this matter.

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Q: What are the laws on unmarked police cars in Michigan? Can they be completely unmarked? Can they do traffic stops?
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Dec 5, 2019

They can be completely unmarked, but they cannot do routine traffic stops (although many are also equipped with interior emergency lights). Almost always, they would radio over for a marked car to conduct any necessary traffic stop.

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Q: I got a no proof of insurance ticket in Michigan. I do not have insurance. What do I do?

I got pulled over for a headlight out in Isco country. Got a no proof of insurance ticket.

Mark Bredow
Mark Bredow answered on Nov 28, 2019

Contact Court. Schedule ticket for formal hearing.

Before the hearing, buy insurance and obtain written proof of insurance.

Before hearing, go to Secretary of State and obtain copy of your driving record.

Attend hearing, talk to city attorney and present proof of insurance...
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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.....

Mark Bredow
Mark Bredow answered on Nov 25, 2019

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... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: If a cop gets behind you and doesn't flick his lights and you park and walk away is that a crime even with bad plates?
Mark Bredow
Mark Bredow answered on Nov 25, 2019

The crime appears to be that you were driving a car without proper registration. If the officer was following procedure, he ran the plate through his computer and the crime would be obvious. The officer could not have known about the lack of insurance. The offer need not turn on his lights for... Read more »

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Q: Do judges in Michigan get any money of fines that go into their retirement accounts
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Nov 22, 2019

Judges? No. The money a court collects is distributed by a formula to various entities. Judges are paid a salary set by law; they do not receive any bonuses.

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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 »

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Q: An officer did not witness my ticketed "Improper Passing" but called to a calculated site

Ticket states Authorization Pend. 257.638. In Remarks "Witnessed by Dan...." (a retired 2014 Cheboygan, Mi. officer) and "driver admits" (I did not, I cried) Will I lose an appeal?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Nov 2, 2019

My general take on civil infractions for traffic offenses is that if you have the time and inclination, I do not see a downside in requesting a formal hearing on the matter. Keep in mind that this is not a criminal proceeding, and so it doesn't take much for a magistrate or judge to find you... Read more »

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Q: My license are suspended, been suspended couple of time. Someone hit me when I drove around the corner to the store,

Received a ticket in the mail 14 days to show up. Do I plead quilty or not quilty? Will they let me go once I pay my bond?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Oct 21, 2019

You'll need to consult with a local attorney before doing anything. Although you were the one hit, you are accountable for driving with a license suspended (a misdemeanor). The general advice for any criminal proceeding is to plea not guilty unless directed otherwise through the advice of... Read more »

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Q: Can I fight Section 257.602b traffic ticket arguing the language of "text message" did not apply in my case?

In Michigan State Traffic Law, Section 257.602b, can I argue that I did not violate the Section, questioning the definition of a "text message" stated in the Section? I understand a text message can be one sent via SMS for example one using the cellular network, and may not include other... Read more »

Mark Bredow
Mark Bredow answered on Sep 12, 2019

The phrase "text message" is not a defined term. The court will likely attribute to it a general definition rather than a strict one limited to SMS. A court is likely to interpret the statute in accordance with the activity that is being regulated and the harm that it is intended to... Read more »

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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 citation for no proof of insurance and expired registration for a vehicle I no longer have.

I since got a new vehicle. Can I appear in court with the proof of registration and insurance for the car I do have now?

Mark Bredow
Mark Bredow answered on Aug 28, 2019

No, you cannot. The ticket refers to the operation of the other vehicle.

If your former car was insured or was registered, but you did not have the certificate at the time you were pulled over, you may appear with proof of insurance and/or registration showing that the vehicle was insured...
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Q: Can a ticket be dismissed becuase the officer read wrong registration and put down my old cars make, model, vin and year

I handed him my insurance info with the registration folder and it had my last cars info in it also since i had only just purchased my new car. This happend on the ohio turnpike. And im from out of state.

Mark Bredow
Mark Bredow answered on Jun 18, 2019

No. The citation was issued to you, not the car. An error of this type is easily corrected and the court would allow that correction.

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