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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 attorney and... 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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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 speak... 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 counsel.... 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 types of... 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 prevent.... 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.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Bankruptcy and Criminal Law for Michigan on
Q: i was pulled over for speeding over 10 years ago, no proof of anything , and they found a $5 bag of weed 2694140856

DWOL CASES EVERY SENSE

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 17, 2019

What is your question?

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Q: Should I fight a MI 257.602b case for using my phone as a map while driving? It was not affixed to the vehicle.

I received a ticket in Ogemaw County, MI for holding my phone to use it as a map/gps (as remarked on the citation). I was cited under the texting and driving law that specifies "a person shall not read, manually type, or send a text message on a wireless 2-way communication device that is located... Read more »

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

I think where you'll run into trouble arguing in your defense is that while holding your phone, it was not affixed to the motor vehicle - regardless of what was on your screen.

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Q: 257.653(1)(B). Misdemeanor: failed to yield to emergency vehicle. Am I going to get the max penalty?

Police officer arrives at intersection with visible and audible sirens. During this, I passed a green light in a 4 way intersection but stopped near police vehicle. Emergency response passed at my back soon after I passed. This is my 1st offense. Would I get a maximum of a $500 fine and 30 days... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 25, 2019

Likely not. Although you should certainly consult with a local attorney. It is very possible to achieve a more pleasant result through skillful negotiation with the prosecutor.

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Q: Dear Sir, This is first time of misdemeanor. I got a clean record. Am i going to jail?
Mark Bredow
Mark Bredow answered on May 22, 2019

That is very unlikely. Depending upon the seriosness of the offense, If you plead or are found guilty, most 1st offenders pay a fine, and may have probation. You may also be eligible to have the misdemeanor dismissed orreduced to a simple non criminal traffic citation. It's always a good idea to... Read more »

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Q: Got a parking ticket in a no parking zone In AA. I thought parking tickets were not issued after 5pm. Help, can’t afford
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 15, 2019

Some metered parking may not be enforced after a certain hour, but parking rules in general are enforceable 24 hours a day but any authorized person.

You will need to contact the court to see about a payment plan. DO NOT ignore the ticket. People have been unceremoniously arrested when they...
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Q: Are you at all familiar with "Ticket Fundraising" issue in Taylor, MI - any recourse for issuance of false tickets?

Husband was pulled over, officer said for speeding but he was not speeding, then said he would "do him a favor" and write the ticket for a parking violation (no points) - he was not speeding, and he was certainly not double parked on I-94 in Taylor... similar reports seem to say trying to fight... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 9, 2019

If you fight it - i.e. demand a formal hearing - the officer could come to court and say "you know what, you're right. I should have actually wrote the ticket for 20 over". Then what? Unless your husband can overcome the presumption of evidence, he might be stuck.

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