A Careless Driving Ticket Michigan – Do I need a traffic lawyer?

A careless driving ticket Michigan is a civil infraction. Like all civil infractions it is not a crime and will not affect your criminal record. A careless driving ticket usually carries a fine of $200 and will add three points to your master Michigan driving record. Since it is a civil infraction Michigan traffic lawyers can appear for you and resolve this matter, so you do not have to miss work. 

Basically a careless driving ticket involves driving in a negligent manner without an intent to cause anyone injury.  It can involve situations where a driver is driving too fast for road conditions, or driving through a stop sign or even texting while driving. Basically it involves situations where the driver drives in a careless or negligent manner. The statute that defines careless driving in Michigan does not define the specific behaviors that constitute careless driving.   

When you have to deal with a careless driving ticket in Michigan you can either admit responsibility and pay the fine or challenge the ticket.  You can request an informal or formal hearing and have the facts of the ticket litigated.  An informal hearing is a judicial hearing in front of a magistrate. A formal hearing is a hearing where a district court judge makes the decision.

A careless driving ticket is a very subjective determination made by the officer that issued the citation. It is this determination the judge would make at the formal hearing. It is at the formal hearing that evidence is presented that you want considered by the Court. Often if you have a compelling explanation to present to the Judge a careless driving ticket can be dismissed. It is always advisable to have an attorney when you have a court matter. There are Michigan Court rules and Michigan Rules of Criminal Procedure that have to be followed.

As you can see it is best to talk to an experienced traffic defense attorney before making that decision.

Careless Driving in Michigan Law is defined under MCL 257.626b 

Michigan Motor Vehicle Code defines careless driving in Michigan. MCL 257.626b states:

“A person who operates a vehicle upon a highway or a frozen public lake, stream, or pond or other place open to the general public including an area designated for the parking of vehicles in a careless or negligent manner likely to endanger any person or property, but without wantonness or recklessness, is responsible for a civil infraction.” 

Michigan Motor Vehicle Code Section 257.626b

The Difference Between a Careless Driving Ticket and a Reckless Driving Ticket

The difference between careless driving and reckless driving is the absence of this ”wanton and reckless” conduct.  Often your attorney can argue a reckless driving ticket down to a careless driving ticket.  A reckless driving ticket is a misdemeanor that is punishable by 93 days in jail, a fine up to $500 and 6 points being added to your Michigan driving record. 

Careless driving ticket cost in Michigan

A person found by the Court to be responsible for a careless driving ticket will have to pay approximately $200.00 in fines.  This can vary based on the jurisdiction where the ticket was issued. It can also be affected by whether there was an accident or not as a result of the incident. In addition, the Court will often add court costs in its final judgment.  

How many points is a careless driving ticket in Michigan

A careless driving ticket causing an accident will usually result in a higher fine.   In addition, three points on your Michigan master driving record can impact your car insurance rates.  It is important to remember that if a motorist accumulates a total of 12 points on their master Michigan driver’s record their license will be suspended and they will no longer be able to operate a vehicle in Michigan. An experienced traffic attorney can often work with the prosecutor to reduce the charges. Often we can secure a plea agreement involving a no point offense, such as a Michigan Impeding Traffic charge.

If you have a careless driving ticket in Michigan call a traffic attorney to assist you

Bruce Law firm has traffic attorneys in Monroe, Michigan to assist you with a careless driving ticket in Michigan. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys can help you get the best deal possible saving you court costs and fines as well as helping to minimize the impact a traffic ticket can have on your driving privileges and car insurance rates.  Call today for a free consultation.