At Fraiberg & Pernie, PLLC, our civil infraction attorneys boast a vast trove of communicative and negotiation skills that allow us to offer our clients the most effective legal support when defending both traffic and non-traffic civil infractions. More importantly, however, our team is the most diversely qualified you’re likely to find. From attorney Matthew Fraiberg’s history as city prosecutor and judicial clerk, giving us insight into the inner workings of the court system likely handling your case, to attorney Eric Pernie’s former position as an actual police officer helping us maintain perspective, we’re confident our firm can handle any case related to any one of the numerous types of traffic and non-traffic civil infractions recognized by the state of Michigan.
Most Common Types of Civil Infractions
- Careless Driving
- Defective Equipment
- Failure to Wear a Safety Belt
- Failure to Yield the Right of Way
- Disobeying a Traffic Control Device
- Parking Violations
- Illegal U-turns
- Disobeying State Land Rules
- Failure to Carry or Display a Concealed Weapons Permit (while in position of a concealed weapon)
- Violations of Specific Geographical Ordinances Relate to Waste Disposal
- Building Codes/Permits
- Excessive Noise
- Disturbing the Peace
- Unlawful Smoking
What Happens If You Get a Traffic or Nontraffic Civil Infraction Ticket?
First, it’s important to read both sides of your ticket for instructions on how to respond to the ticket, including how and where you’re required to appear. There are also listed directions for how to request a hearing to dispute your ticket should you wish to fight it with help from our esteemed civil infractions attorneys. There are several ways in which you can respond to a ticket, you can:
- Admit your responsibility to the district court, and pay the indicated amount.
- Admit your responsibility, explaining your unique situation to the district court, and pay the indicated amount.
- Deny your responsibility and ask the district court for an informal hearing where both you and the officer can explain to a judge or magistrate what happened without attorneys present.
- Deny your responsibility and ask the district court for a formal hearing that requires a prosecutor to prove a law or ordinance was violated. This is often where civil infractions attorneys get involved.
Failure to proceed with any one of the aforementioned responses before the ticket’s indicated deadline will result in a default judgment. Depending on the civil infraction in question, a default judgment could result in points added to your driving record, a suspended license, a hold being placed on your license renewal, a hearing to determine whether you should be held in contempt, or a bench warrant for your arrest.
Penalties for Civil Infractions
Penalties for civil infractions are often relatively light. You may be required to pay certain fines or costs, and you may suffer points on your driving record or a license suspension, but you cannot be sent to jail for any type of civil infraction. You can, however, be sent to jail if you are found to be in civil contempt, which is why promptly responding your civil infraction tickets is essential.
Our competent civil infractions attorneys, at Fraiberg & Pernie, PLLC, have worked on thousands of cases across many field of law, which is why we’re so certain we can assist you with any pesky tickets you have laying around. We even offer flexible payment plans to help ensure our services are always affordable. Getting the help you need to fight your civil infractions has never been easier – all you have to do is get in touch with us at Fraiberg & Pernie, PLLC, today! Call 248.480.0398 or fill in the form in the sidebar for your free consultation.