Traffic Violation Points & Fines

Why Should You Hire An Attorney For A Traffic Ticket?

You should do everything you can to protect your privilege to drive. Accumulating tickets will be costly and eventually will result in your license being suspended or revoked. Consider points and fines as well as increased insurance premiums.

If you are on the graduated license system, your probation could be extended. If you accumulate too many tickets in a short period of time, you can be restricted or suspended. Too many points will result in driver responsibility fees.

You are well-advised to contact Thomas J. Tomko at 586-795-8822 to have your case reviewed and see whether you can avoid a ticket being reported to the Secretary of State, have the points reduced or get a ticket dismissed.

Points And Fines

You should be concerned about points on your record as well as fines payable to the court. Too many points can result is license action by the Secretary of State, refer to license suspensions. To what extent a ticket can be kept off your record will vary according to your Court and your driving record.

A listing of points and fines for common offenses, (source: Clinton Township as of 1/08), are as follows:

Offense

Fine

Points

Abandoned Vehicle

100

N/A

Accidents (all)

100

Varies 2 to 6

Auto For Sale On Private Prop

100

N/A

Careless Driving

125

3

Careless Driving Accident

150

3

Defective Equipment

75

N/A

Disobey Stop Sign

75

3

Disobey Traffic Control Device

75

2

Drag Racing

150

4

Drove Left of Center

75

2

Expired Plates

75*

0*

Fail To Obey or Stop (all)

75

Varies 2 to 6

Fail To Stop Assured Clr Dist

75

2

Fail to Yield

75

2

Following Too Close

75

2

Impeding Traffic

75

N/A

Improper Lane Use

75

2

Improper Passing

75

3

Improper Plates

75*

0*

Offense

Fine

Points

Pts Lim Access

Improper Turn

75

2

No Operator's Lic On Person

60

0*

No Prf Of Ins (present w/10 days)

100

N/A

No Prf of Ins (no prf provided)

100

0

No Registration

75

0

Obstructed/Obscured Vision

75

2

Open Intox In Motor Vehicle

100

2

Prohibited Turn

75

2

Speeding 1-5 Over

65

2

0

Speeding 6-10 Over

75

2

1

Speeding 11-15 Over

85

3

2

Speeding 16-25 Over

100

4

3

Speeding 25 & Over

100

4

4

Handicapped Parking

100

N/A

Parked on Sidewalk

65

N/A

Parked on Traveled Part of Hwy

65

N/A

All other Parking

35

N/A

Seat Belt Violation

65

0

Violation Child Restraint Law

60

0

  • Moving violations doubled in construction, school or emergency zone
  • *Denotes misdemeanor, with possible criminal penalty
  • N/A - Denotes not reported to Secretary of State unless FCJ suspension

Insurance Premiums

When you get a ticket, sooner or later your insurance premiums will go up. The money you spend on an attorney in getting points reduced or a ticket kept off of your record will save you money on future insurance premiums. There is no guarantee, but you may be able to avoid points by negotiating a favorable plea. The ability to negotiate a favorable plea will depend on your driving record and the facts in your case. In some cases, a plea can be negotiated to an offense that does not go on your record or has no points!

Thomas J. Tomko, Attorney at Law, will have a good idea of what you face for your ticket in your Court. Call 586-795-8822  for an in-office appointment.