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What Rights Do I Have During a Civil Infraction for Traffic Tickets in Michigan?


It bears repeating that a civil infraction does not have the same level of requirements as a criminal violation. Hence, it bears repeating that a civil infraction will not have the same level of rights as the ones you are afforded in a criminal infraction. 

With that in mind, what are the few rights that you get to enjoy when you get traffic tickets in Michigan or a civil infraction?

Right to admit your responsibility

You have the right to admit your responsibility. If you decide this way, you need to pay your fine and all is well. 

Right to admit your responsibility and provide an explanation

Even if you do decide to admit your responsibility, you still have the right to admit your fault and provide an explanation. Your explanation will not affect the charge against you but they can take your explanation and use it to lessen the fines and costs against you. 

Right to deny your responsibility and explain at the hearing

If you feel that you have been wronged, you can deny your responsibility and explain at the hearing. According to the rules, the following should be the steps that you have to follow during the hearing.

  • Your case will be heard by a Judge depending on your request. 
  • You can provide a witness at the hearing, including yourself. 
  • You cannot bring a lawyer but you can get the help of a lawyer as to how you can fight for your rights.
  • If, after the hearing, you lose and want to fight further, you can file an appeal. 
  • The appeal must be filed within seven (7) days of the informal hearing.

If you feel that you want a formal hearing, you can also request one. Remember that while lawyers are not allowed during the proceedings, you can still consult a lawyer.

Haque Legal Has Your Back

Here at Haque Legal, we always have your back. Make sure that on your first free consultation, we tell you everything that you need to know about your case as well as the cost and the expenses that would be associated with the filing of your case.

The consultation is free for the first time because we understand that you need to at least have that guidance coming from a reputable law firm and lawyer to assess your case. If you have a personal injury case and you need a lawyer to handle it you can always contact our law firm and we can talk about your situation and the best way that we can handle it, especially in terms of the expenses. 

Let Haque Legal Help You With Your Case

If you require a lawyer who can assist you with ensuring that you protect your rights, it is important to know that you also have a team that can help you out with your specific needs. 

Our law firm is dedicated to making sure that those who are innocent will be protected by the law and that the full extent of justice will be used. 


The article that you have read is based on general applications of the law. It is not legal advice and it is not to be construed as any legal consultation with the firm. No client-attorney relationship is created when you read the articles we have provided.

Let us help you out

If you need a lawyer to help you during your proceedings, call us immediately. If you have any problem with the law or are seeking justice and truth, our numbers are standing by to take your call.

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