Speeding Ticket Cost in Michigan
If you have been pulled over for a traffic violation, it is likely that you are either frustrated or angry by what happened, or that you are trying to find a way out of the situation. Even more likely is a combination of all of these things. Traffic citations have the potential to create financial hardship. Dealing with these matters in a timely fashion is always the right thing to do to avoid further fees, license suspensions or maybe even a warrant being issued for your arrest.
What Do I Owe?
Often times there is confusion as to what is owed on a traffic citation because of past experience of paying for the same violation, or what someone else told you they were fined for that violation. It is important to note that all districts set their own fees for an offense. For example, speeding for 1-5 miles an hour over the speed limit in the 52-4 District Court in Oakland County results in a $115.00 traffic fine. The same offense in the 39th District Court in Roseville, Michigan will result in a traffic fine of $125.00. The number of points that are assessed for a violation is consistent throughout the state of Michigan.
Who Do I Pay?
If you received a traffic citation, you have the option of admitting responsibility and paying the fine that is listed on your citation in the district court that is listed. Most district courts allow offenders to submit payment of these fines by mail or online. Contact the court to find out how payment may be made in your particular jurisdiction.
One Last Piece of Advice
There are some traffic violations that may require one to actually appear for a hearing in court. For example, some jurisdictions require the presence of those who have been charged with reckless driving which is a misdemeanor. Often times, people who are charged with such an offense do not realize the seriousness involved with the offense; they just assume that it is a “traffic ticket.” Failing to appear at hearings for these kinds of citations will result in a bench warrant being issued for your arrest. So, if you received a ticket, and you aren’t sure whether you will be required to appear in court, it is best to contact that court right away.
Contact a Michigan Speeding Ticket Attorney
If you wish to challenge the citation you received, or attempt to make a deal for a lesser offense, you should call our office today as we are experienced criminal defense and traffic violation attorneys. Consult with us today at 586-268-2400.