If you have been pulled over for speeding in Michigan and wondering how the process works? Speeding tickets in Michigan may prove difficult to argue against, but there are times where legitimate arguments can be made. However, rarely are such tickets dismissed entirely. Instead, your best bet is to hire a Michigan attorney to negotiate with a prosecutor to minimize your penalty by amending your citation down to a lesser offense.
Why Bother Hiring An Attorney?
All competent attorneys will attempt to negotiate a deal with a prosecutor for an amended citation that does not carry any points. Regardless of whether you live in Michigan or someplace else, your insurer will be notified in the event that you obtain a speeding ticket. Insurers will raise your premiums when they believe that you create a high risk to them having to pay off on your auto insurance policy. Finding an attorney to handle speeding tickets for you will also save you additional time and costs for having to come back to Michigan to handle these affairs for yourself. So, regardless of whether you want to challenge a speeding ticket because you feel like you have a legitimate argument against it, or whether you have no other choice but to defend against it because of your driving record, it is important to hire an attorney to handle these inconveniences for you instead of waiting until it is too late.
How to Fight a Radar Speed Meter
In those cases where you feel that you were wrongfully issued a speeding ticket, case law provides a starting point for effectively preparing for trial. People v. Ferency, 133 Mich App 526, 351 NW2d 225 (1984), established the necessary requirements for getting speed readings from a radar speed meter entered into evidence. The requirements are:
• The officer operating the device has adequate training and experience in its operation.
• The radar device was in proper working condition and properly installed in the patrol vehicle at the time of the issuance of the citation.
• The device was used in an area where road conditions are such that there is a minimum possibility of distortion.
• That the input speed of the patrol vehicle was verified. This also means that the speedometer of the patrol vehicle was independently calibrated.
• That the speedometer be retested at the end of the shift in the same manner that it was tested prior to the shift and that the speedmeter be serviced by the manufacturer or other professional as recommended.
• That the radar operator be able to establish that the target vehicle was within the operational area of the beam at the time the reading was displayed.
• That the particular unit has been certified for use by an agency with some demonstrable expertise in the area.
Get a Michigan Speeding Ticket Attorney
Our office is experienced in fighting against, and negotiating for, speeding tickets obtained in Michigan. Contact our office today for a free initial telephone consultation. (586-268-2400). If you require additional information, please visit Michigan Speeding Ticket Lawyer.