There have been instances when we receive clients who would ask us about a traffic ticket that they received. Sometimes, vehicles get impounded for unpaid traffic tickets and licenses get suspended.
To prevent this from happening to you, this article aims to provide information on traffic tickets in Michigan and what you need to know about them.
Does a Traffic Ticket Go on Your Record in Michigan?
This is a question that is often asked of us. When you get a citation, does it also go on your record?
According to the Michigan Public Traffic Records website, a traffic ticket goes to your record in Michigan. Depending on the severity, you can either have a citation, a civil infraction, or a misdemeanor.
What are the differences between the three?
According to the same source, there are differences between the three. Let us look at these differences through definitions:
- A citation is a legal notice to a person charged with a (usually minor) traffic violation.
- A civil infraction is when a traffic violation is non-criminal. Civil infractions neither carry jail terms nor go on a person’s criminal record. The civil violation will be turned into points that would be added to the offender’s driving record.
- A misdemeanor is a criminal offense and carries with it penalties like jail terms or a fine.
What is the point system?
As we have discussed previously, the Michigan point system in traffic tickets is not random. According to the Office of The Secretary of State (SOS), points range from two-point offenses to six-point offenses.
Some Two-Point Traffic Violations include:
- Having an open alcohol container in a vehicle.
- Any other moving violations without specified traffic points.
- A driver under 21 years refusing to take a Preliminary Breath Test (PBT).
Some Three-Point Traffic Violations include:
- Careless driving.
- Flouting a traffic signal or stop sign.
- Improper passing.
- Driving over the legal speed limit by 11 through 15 mph.
- Refusing to stop at a railroad crossing.
- Refusal to stop for a school bus or disobedience to a school crossing guard, etc.
Some Four-Point Traffic Violations include:
- Drag racing.
- Operating a vehicle while visibly impaired.
- Driving a car with any bodily alcohol content for persons under age 21.
- Driving a vehicle at16 mph or more over the legal speed limit.
- Failure to yield or to show due caution for emergency vehicles
Some Six-Point Traffic Violations include:
- Use of motor vehicles to cause manslaughter, negligent homicide, or other felonies.
- Driving under the influence of liquor or drugs (OUI).
- Failure to stop and present identification at the scene of a crash.
- Reckless driving.
- Unlawful bodily alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or more.
- Refusal to take a chemical test.
- Eluding or fleeing a law enforcement officer, etc.
On the other hand, a criminal traffic violation goes on an individual’s driving record, in addition to driving points, fines, possible jail terms, and probation.
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