Out of State Speeding Ticket In Michigan
Speeding tickets are an unfortunate fact of life. Getting speeding ticket is never any fun, and it’s even worse when you get one while traveling out of state. For most people, driving is such an important part of our daily lives that we take it for granted, and perhaps now more than ever, we find ourselves with obligations forcing us to rush from one place to the next. Unfortunately, this sometimes means that we may occasionally find ourselves going too fast, and getting pulled over. Adding to the situation, there are some cities that have decided that one way to make up for disappearing tax dollars is to make up the difference by getting more strict with enforcement of speeding laws. If all of that wasn’t enough, out of state drivers are a prime target because they are one group that elected officials never have to worry about upsetting.
Handling the matter yourself is risky. Speeding is generally treated as a civil matter, which means the burden of proof the the officer has to meet in order for you to be found responsible is much lower than what is required to prove someone guilty in traditional criminal prosecutions. This making fighting speeding tickets difficult. For you, someone trying to fight a ticket from outside the state, the situation becomes even more difficult because fighting a ticket means having to return to the state of Michigan to make an appearance in court. This may be difficult or impossible logistically, and it definitely makes the endeavor more expensive, both because of the cost of travel as well as having to take time off work. As a result, people often end up either paying the ticket as is, or (even worse) just ignoring it. This can be problematic for several reasons, including:
A skilled Michigan attorney can help. Fortunately, if you find yourself facing a speeding ticket in Michigan, but live elsewhere, your smartest option is really going to be the same as if you were a resident of Michigan. You need to contact a Michigan attorney, who will be able to appear on your behalf, thereby saving you the time, cost and hassle of having to return to deal with the ticket. Moreover, a skilled attorney may be able to negotiate with the city attorney or prosecutor to get the ticket reduced to something less serious, possibly to an offense that will not be reported to your home state’s licensing authority. Every case is different, and the exact results will depend on a number of factors, but in most cases, a skilled attorney will be able to obtain something more favorable than the offense charged.