Traffic Ticket Attorneys in Oakland County
Penalties for Reckless Driving Charges in Michigan
The exact penalties you face will depend on the nature of the charges, but reckless driving is typically charged as a misdemeanor resulting in a maximum of 90 days in jail, license suspension, and/or $500 in fines.
Reckless driving is a serious traffic offense that can be charged for a variety of reasons. Reckless driving is any type of behavior on behalf of a driver which disregards the safety of other people or their property. Unlike other types of traffic violations, it is somewhat up to law enforcement to interpret what constitutes reckless driving.
If you have been charged with reckless driving, our traffic ticket attorneys in Birmingham and Oak Park from Fraiberg & Pernie can defend your rights. Let us protect your future, your freedom, and your driving privileges.
Call us now at (248) 440-7936 or contact us online.
What Constitutes Reckless Driving?
Many times, police officers charge drivers with reckless driving before they have enough evidence to substantiate the charge. Our job is to thoroughly investigate the nature of the arrest and determine what is the best course of action. For example, if we can speak to an eyewitness who can testify that you were not speeding or behaving recklessly, that could bode well for you. Other factors that may be considered in your case are weather conditions, your vehicle, other vehicles on the road, and lighting conditions.
A few examples of charges for reckless driving include:
- Excessive speeding
- Illegal lane changes
Potential Consequences of a Driver's License Violation
Driving without a valid license is illegal and if you are caught driving with a suspended license, you can face serious civil and criminal penalties. In addition to any possible criminal penalties, you could find your driving privileges revoked, which is why hiring legal counsel is so important.
While it is impossible to predict the exact penalties you could face if convicted, it is important that you understand the gravity of the charges against you. Typically, the court will take into consideration your driving history if you are being charged with driving with a suspended license - if it involved a drunk driving offense or another serious offense. Our goal is to build a strong case on your behalf which prevents you from facing the most severe consequences or prevents a conviction altogether.
The penalties you could face include:
- Extensive jail time
- Exorbitant fines
- Mandatory education classes
- Points on your driving record
- Revocation or suspension of your license
- Community service
- Higher insurance rates
- Criminal record
Driver’s License Restoration in Michigan
Everyone knows the consequences of a drunk driving offense are severe. There are many fines and costs to pay, the possibility of jail time, and the loss of your driving privileges for an extended period of time. How long your driver’s license will be revoked depends on how many DUI convictions you have on your record.
Your Michigan driver’s license will be suspended according to the following guidelines:
- A first DUI conviction – License suspension for a maximum of 30 days
- A first DUI conviction with a BAC higher than 0.16 – License suspension for a maximum of one year
- A second DUI conviction within seven years – License suspension for a minimum of one year
- A third DUI conviction within 10 years – License suspension for a minimum of five years
If you have a suspended license for multiple DUI offenses in Oakland County, MI, Fraiberg & Pernie is committed to getting your driving privileges back. Our drunk driving attorneys: Attorney Eric Pernie, a former police officer, and Attorney Matthew Fraiberg understand the thorough process of restoring your driver’s license and what is expected of you to succeed.
If your Michigan driver’s license has been suspended or revoked after being convicted of drunk driving, this means your driving privileges will be taken away and you will need to apply for license reinstatement with the Secretary of State as soon as the period of suspension is over. Habitual offenders must apply for driver’s license restoration to the Driver Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD).
There are several requirements regarding documentation and a substance abuse evaluation (SAE), which is a form that is completed by a certified doctor or substance abuse therapist. For your request to be granted, all you must do to obtain a hearing date is to complete an SAE. Additionally, you will also need to turn in letters from people in the community that know something about your past and present drinking and drug use habits.
At the hearing, the hearing officer will review all related documents and will ask you several questions to ensure your verbal answers are the same as all the responses in the SAE and letters. If you do not take the proper steps to adequately prepare for your hearing to restore your driver’s license or to obtain a restricted driver’s license, you will risk being denied. This is why it is imperative to hire an experienced drunk driving lawyer from Birmingham to guide you throughout the process. Our attorneys know the ins and outs of the driver’s license restoration process in Michigan and can ensure you are well equipped for the hearing.
Exploring All Legal Defenses to Your Traffic Charges
In order to build an effective defense strategy for cases involving serious traffic violations, we must thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your arrest. This means talking to witnesses, reviewing the arrest report, and inspecting your criminal and driving records. We do everything in our power to gather as much evidence as possible that can support an argument on your behalf.
A few examples of legal defenses we may use on your behalf include:
- The law enforcement officer made an illegal arrest
- The arresting officer's questioning was suspect
- You were unaware of the license suspension
Michigan often takes six weeks to respond with a hearing date. During that time, our Oakland County DUI lawyers can prepare you for the hearing. We know exactly what to expect, including the questions that you will be asked. Do not hesitate to get your driving privileges back with our experienced legal assistance.
Call Fraiberg & Pernie at (248) 440-7936 to make an appointment for a case consultation in our Birmingham or Oak Park offices.