Traffic Ticket Lawyer Warren MI
There are two basic types of traffic tickets that are issued by police in Warren, Michigan: civil infractions and misdemeanors. For Warren Michigan civil infractions and misdemeanor traffic offenses, the cases are resolved at the 37th District Court which is located at 8300 Common Road in Warren, Michigan 48093.
Civil infractions are essentially tickets issued by police officers for alleged violations of traffic laws such as Limited Access Speed, Speeding, making an Improper Turn, Disobeying a Traffic Control Device (running a red light), etc., which are non-criminal in nature and you have the option of resolving by making a timely payment of the scheduled fine. The problem with not fighting the ticket and simply paying the fine before the deadline is that points are usually assessed for the traffic violation (depending upon the nature of the ticket), and the violation in most cases becomes permanently abstracted to your driving record even though the points go away with time. Having traffic violations abstracted to your driving history can lead to an increase in your car insurance rates, losing driving privileges altogether for a period of time (if you obtain too many points), potential employment related issues (if your job requires driving), and the reduction of the possibility that a police officer will give you a break in the future for traffic stops.
Traffic misdemeanors are lower level criminal offenses for alleged conduct such as Open Intoxicants in a Motor Vehicle, Driving While License Suspended (DWLS), Failure to Stop at a Property Damage Accident, Reckless Driving, Drinking and Driving (OUI, DUI, Super Drunk), etc., which require an appearance in Court before a Judge to address the specified misdemeanor. Traffic misdemeanors can result in problematic consequences such as a potential jail sentence at the discretion of the Judge, probation with conditions, driver's license sanctions (for some offenses), damage to your reputation, and having a permanent criminal record that in many cases cannot ever be expunged.
There are several felony related traffic matters for offenses such as OUIL 3rd Offense, Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Unlawfully Driving Away an Automobile (UDAA), OUIL Causing Serious Injury or Death, Fleeing and Eluding Police, etc., which are charged in most cases with the filing of a complaint by the prosecutor's office with jurisdiction over the case (after a swear to occurs before a Judge) and not by a issuing a traffic ticket. Traffic felonies can result in many problematic consequences such as potentially serving a jail or prison sentence at the discretion of your Judge, probation with conditions, driver's license sanctions, damage to your reputation, and having a conviction that cannot be expunged in the future. Because s felony traffic accusation requires thorough representation from a zealous, diligent, and aggressive felony traffic defense attorney, the wise decision is to hire a lawyer to represent you. Felony related traffic charges that allegedly occur in Warren Michigan are initially scheduled at the 37th District Court, and are transferred ("bound over") to the 16th Circuit Court in Mt. Clemens if a probable cause determination is made at a preliminary examination or a waiver or the same.
You Have the Right to Fight Your Warren Michigan Traffic Matter at the 37th District Court and Have an Experienced Retained Attorney to Help You
If you receive any kind of traffic violation (civil infraction, misdemeanor, or felony) you have the absolute right to hire the lawyer of your choice to contest it. If you make a timely demand for your civil infraction (before the ticket has been "defaulted" by the Court), you have the right to a contested hearing in Court to challenge whether or not it was established by the prosecution/township attorney/police by a preponderance of the evidence that the alleged civil infraction occurred. The hearing scheduled is either an "informal hearing" (which does not involve lawyers - only yourself, the police officer, and the Court magistrate) or a "formal hearing" (where lawyers are involved to either litigate or negotiate (attempt to plea bargain) the ticket in Court). In many Warren Michigan cases a better result can be reached through having legal representation.
For all misdemeanor and felony accusations in the United States, you have important Constitutional rights such as the right to a trial by jury or by Judge (if the prosecution and Judge agree to a bench trial), where the prosecution has the sole burden of proving his or her case at trial beyond a reasonable doubt with competent evidence. An extremely bad choice when it comes to any misdemeanor or felony traffic criminal offense is to make the decision to represent yourself in Court. Someone who chooses not to have a lawyer is at a complete and utter disadvantage because the Court will hold them to the same standards as a lawyer, and they are opposed by a prosecutor or city attorney who has many years of training and experience in the Michigan rules of evidence, Michigan criminal procedure, Michigan case and statutory law, direct and cross examination of witnesses, and the methods and ways of conducting a trial. You can request from your Judge representation from a court appointed lawyer (if you are too poor to retain your own legal counsel), and hope that the public defender is zealous, passionate, and experienced enough to fight for the right result, or choose to hire a highly rated lawyer, like attorney Daniel Hilf, who truly has your best interests at heart.
For any civil infraction, misdemeanor, or felony traffic offense for a Warren Michigan charge, the recommended lawyer to retain is Daniel Hilf, because he has the necessary experience practicing before the four Judges and magistrates of the 37th District Court. Attorney Daniel Hilf is from the locally known and highly rated law firm of Hilf & Hilf, PLC, who you can contact to discuss your bad traffic related experience today.