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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights, Land Use & Zoning and Municipal Law for Michigan on
Q: Is it legal for a cop to sit in an apartment complex parking lot posted private property and pull people over speeding

I live in an apartment complex in Michigan in a little village and a cop always sits in the parking lot and radars people and pulls them over because there's a big speed trap right were the apartment complex is goes from 55 to 25 mph

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answered on Feb 24, 2024

In Michigan, law enforcement officers are generally allowed to enforce traffic laws on public roads, including areas adjacent to or near private property such as apartment complex parking lots, especially if they have a direct impact on public road safety. However, the legality of a police officer... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: Will I violate my probation for charge I got but not been convinced for before being placed in probation?

I caught 2 charges 1 driving on suspended and one domestic before, I was ever put on probation. I have court coming up for both of them. If convicted, will this be a violation of my probation?

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answered on Jan 1, 2024

Generally, if you are placed on probation and then subsequently convicted of new charges, it could be considered a violation of your probation. The terms of probation often include a requirement to avoid new criminal offenses. If you are facing court for charges that occurred before you were placed... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: I'm in a pickle with this court case that I'm in right now and really need some help they are violating my civil rights

I have been charged with my 4 hibutial offence for drugs that I don't know how they can do so since I have asked them to DNA test the seringes in the case that were found in my vehicle in a bag of someone else property but the refuse to it would show that I had nothing to do with them and no... View More

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answered on Nov 7, 2023

If you're facing charges and believe your civil rights have been violated due to the refusal of a DNA test on evidence, you should promptly discuss this issue with a criminal defense attorney. In Michigan, as in all states, defendants have the right to challenge the admissibility of evidence... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: Can I dispute a ticket if an officer messed up and wrote the wrong ticket number
Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford
answered on Oct 11, 2023

Not on that basis alone. That would be considered a "scrivener's error", like a typo, and irrelevant to the charge. However, that might be supporting evidence of the officer's inability to correctly observe and write up the violation, perhaps because the officer was tired or distracted.

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Q: Pulled over for speeding, double parking ticket was issued, instead. I was not speeding. Need help/advice, options?

I was pulled over for speeding, even though I was not. Cop said he clocked me in a lane that I was not in. Cop issued a dble parking ticket. I contested, had an informal zoom hearing. The cop stated in the hearing that he didn't remember any of the details and that he was moving to dismiss.... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Nov 14, 2023

The court is the one that reports - or "abstracts" - data to the Secretary of State, so they would need to change the date.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: Can I get a ticket for careless driving if I fell asleep while driving and accidently got into an accident?
Dana B. Carron
Dana B. Carron
answered on Oct 30, 2023

Yes. because you should not have been driving if you were so tired that you would fall asleep.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Legal Malpractice and Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: Is it legal while an inmate is on a commitment to issue multiple warrants for probation violations on days scheduled for

Review or court for additional charges added while incarcerated

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jul 17, 2023

Yes. But in the end, it doesn't really matter as all it takes is one probation violation.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: In Michigan, if I'm pulled over driving someone else's vehicle that has expired tags- does the owner get the ticket?
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Jun 9, 2023

Possibly, but you were cited and need to appear in Court to explain that to the Judge. This arises in the area of traffic ticket law. You need to discuss with an attorney in your jurisdiction that specializes in this kind of law. Thank you for using Justia, Ask a Lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: can a traffic stop be conducted or started after I have exited my vehicle in front of my own home

I was stupidly drifting on my road and after I parked in front of my house and exited my vehicle and proceeded to walk to my door a police cruiser then came around the corner flashed his lights and stepped out of his vehicle to conduct a traffic stop can an officer conduct a traffic stop after I... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 27, 2023

Very fact-dependent, but short answer is yes.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: Police gave me a double parking ticket instead of over speeding after I told him I wasn’t over speeding.

Police car lights up approx 100 meters before me and followed me. Asked why he stopped me, didn’t answer & asked for drivers license. Told me after the reason I was over speeding. Told him I did not. He went back to his car & came back with a double parking ticket. He said when he saw... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Nov 7, 2022

What's the question? If you dispute the ticket, you can request a formal hearing and be heard. Arguing roadside with the police is of little value.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: I live in Michigan. I just received a ticket for handi cap parking and I never committed this unlawful incident
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Nov 2, 2022

Was a vehicle registered in your name in a handicap spot? That could result in your being responsible even if you were not the driver.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: Does the wrong license type affect anything with a ticket?

I recieved a citation failing to stop within an assured distance while driving a work truck resulting in a minor fender bender. I have a chauffeurs license, but on the citation it's listed as a CDL, which I do not have. Does that affect anything?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jul 14, 2022

No. They can amend those tickets to correct errors like that.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: Is it illegal to look at your phone while you are at a stop light in Michigan?

I think it's only illegal when you are moving, but I want to make sure I read the statute correctly.

(1) Except as otherwise provided in this section, a person shall not read, manually type, or send a text message on a wireless 2-way communication device that is located in the... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on May 23, 2022

You are reading it correctly. Although I would suggest not to tempt a police officer. Getting into a legal dispute about whether you were "moving" is probably not a good use of your time or money to fight.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: Is lawful for an unmarked police car to initiate a traffic stop?

I've read that in Michigan it is required that police vehicles have identifying markings in order to do routine traffic stops and that it is unlawful for an unmarked police vehicle to initiate a traffic stop. Is there any written law to indicate this? Must they call in a marked unit to... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on May 16, 2022

What do you mean by "marked" cars? Some police agencies conduct traffic enforcement with cars equipped with lights / sirens, but no other markings. Those are not "unmarked" cars.

You have a potential defense to a fleeing and eluding charge if the car was truly unmarked...
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Q: Officer gave me two tickets in the same day at the same time.

the officer pulled me over on the highway and gave me a ticket i paid it in full but then received a letter telling me it had not been paid yet. i assumed i had not paid the whole ticket so i paid the amount they were asking. then i received another letter from the court stating my driving record... View More

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Apr 29, 2022

Yes, you should certainly fight the 2 tickets alleging that it is for the same violation until the prosecution can show/prove that the tickets are for different violations.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: Speeding ticket I received didn't state my speed & has errors describing vehicle color and make. Can ticket be dismissed

I received a ticket for speeding. The officer said that he would cut me a break for 5 over and 0 points. I noticed that my vehicle make was spelled incorrectly, it does not mention what model car, and color described was incorrect. The speed I was traveling was also not listed on the ticket, all it... View More

Michael Ferrin
Michael Ferrin
answered on Mar 13, 2022

You may want to the ticket. If the officer does not show up or cant remember what speed you were going the ticket could be dismissed. Even if the ticket cannot be dismissed, usually the ticket can be resolved at the hearing with a good attorney. I would recommend contacting an attorney in your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: Can I fight an improper lane use ticket?

I was turning left onto a street that has a ramp on the right hand side that leads to a major highway. I was given a ticket for turning into the far right lane to go onto the ramp. I’m not denying that it’s a law to turn into the closest lane first and then get all the way over but I do feel... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Mar 7, 2022

You can fight. Request a formal hearing. You won't win as a matter of law. Police have discretion; people do things in front of cops all the time - sometimes the cop just lets them slide, other times they just don't see it happen. It doesn't change the fact that in this instance, the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: What area of practice covers both drivers license restoration and gun record expungment (preventing / restricting employ
Dana B. Carron
Dana B. Carron
answered on Jan 30, 2022

My associate handles both of these areas. You can contact me for further information if you wish, or you could probably find someone else the easiest by searching for an attorney that runs a general practice.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: I stay in a nother state and have a ticket and reinstatement fee I can't afford how can I get help

I receive snap benefits and Medicaid .I'm on a low income and can't pay it is there anyway I can get it take care of because I'm trying to get back in to the work fell

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 26, 2022

You should contact the court to set up a payment plan.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: A cop decided to give a passenger of a vehicle a ticket for “driving with license expired” when they werent even driving

I am the driver and I was driving just fine. The cop pulled out from a side street and was behind another car that was right behind me, got into the turning lane then quickly passed that car and then got directly behind me, following me down the road. Still doing nothing wrong… I then get pulled... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 20, 2022

Your friend definitely has a cause to fight. I probably don't need to tell you that the police were looking for something (or someone).

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