Eastpointe and Clinton Township Traffic Violation Defense Attorney
Michigan firm represents clients charged with driving-related offenses
At the Law Offices of Kevin R. Lynch P.L.C., we assist Michigan drivers who have been ticketed and accused of an infraction or criminal count. From offices in Eastpointe and Clinton Township, our firm represents motorists in court proceedings and negotiations with prosecutors. Serving Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, we assist clients in matters arising from OWI charges, speeding tickets and other types of traffic offenses.
Penalties for drunk driving
Even without aggravating factors, a first offense for drunk driving is punishable by a maximum $500 fine, community service, a license suspension of up to 180 days and possibly even jail time. Penalties for Operating While Intoxicated get even tougher for multiple offenders and motorists whose test result shows a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .17 percent or higher. While most drivers 21 and over are considered intoxicated when their BAC is at or above .08 percent, a driver can be arrested for Operating While Visibly Impaired regardless of the BAC result if they show signs of being drunk or impaired by drugs. As a seasoned Michigan criminal defense attorney, Kevin R. Lynch can investigate the facts and assess whether the case against you is tainted by an unlawful vehicle stop, poor test procedure or another type of law enforcement error.
What is considered reckless driving?
Under Michigan law, standard reckless driving is a misdemeanor offense, punishable by a fine and up to 93 days in jail. If an injury results, you could be charged with a felony. Driving more than 25 miles per hour over the speed limit qualifies as reckless driving, and you could also be cited for other types of actions that reflect a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of others or property. There might be instances where a maneuver that seems reckless to police is actually prudent, such as a sudden lane change to avoid a difficult-to-see hazard.
Challenging speeding violations
Nearly every driver goes over the speed limit at some point, but if the police pull you over for a violation, you could face a fine and increased auto insurance costs. Depending on your previous driving record, a speeding ticket might even result in license suspension. Fines and license points are based on how much the vehicle was traveling over the applicable speed limit. Slight infractions carry a $90 fine and two license points, while if someone caught going 26 miles per hour or more over the posted rate is subject to a $155 fine and four license points. Accumulating 12 points in a two-year period triggers a loss of driving privileges, so it is important to challenge citations that might not be supported by the facts. We help motorists fight unfair speeding tickets and negotiate to reduce the penalty where appropriate.
Defending against hit and run charges
Leaving the scene of an accident where property damage has occurred is a misdemeanor and a conviction carries a potential sentence of three months’ incarceration. If an injury occurs, the jail term can be as long as a year. Someone who leaves a crash scene where a serious bodily injury occurs could face felony charges and several years in prison. In some cases, camera or vehicle data is used to locate a motorist accused of a hit and run, but mistakes frequently occur and we can bring a faulty identification to the attention of the authorities.
Running red lights and stop signs
A citation for running a red light or stop sign carries a $100 fine, three license points and possibly court costs. Most of theses cases are based on the visual observations of police officers and a mistake or slight distraction could lead to an undeserved ticket. If you believe you obeyed the traffic signal at issue, our firm can contest the allegation against you.
Contact a Michigan traffic defense lawyer for a free initial consultation
The Law Offices of Kevin R. Lynch P.L.C. advocates for Michigan drivers accused of traffic offenses. To schedule a free consultation, please call 586-400-5531 or contact us online. Our offices are located in Eastpointe and Clinton Township.