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What to do when a police officer stops me?

When you are stopped by a police officer, all that you say can be recorded by the officer and recordings can be used against you. While the police officer approaches your vehicle, be courteous to know why you have been pulled over by the officer. When you are asked to produce your registration and license, make sure to hand the documents to the officer.

As the officer reviews your documents, avoid saying anything to the officer. Avoid telling the police officer that you are making a dash to attend an important meeting or that you are running late to reach your kids’ school. These can be considered as reasons for reckless driving or speeding. You’ll have to stay calm and speak to the officer only when the officer questions you.

The questions may take several forms, and the officer might question you to know how fast you were driving or about the place that you were traveling to. You should answer the questions honestly, and should not provide false information to the officer. If you are issued a ticket, it is deemed ideal to accept it quietly.

When can I challenge the ticket?

If the police officer issues a ticket and doesn’t tell you what your rights are, you can challenge this ticket in the court. Before leaving the scene, make sure to note down your exact location, weather as well as traffic conditions and the adjacent vehicles.

Should I pay the ticket?

Yes, you can pay the ticket, but it doesn’t work in your favor. When you plead responsible to this type of civil infraction, it reflects in your driving record. You may have to pay heavy fines and receive points and these points can make you pay insurance surcharges.

Is the penalty heavy for getting too many points?

Yes, the penalty is heavy for getting too many points. Your driver’s license might get suspended or restricted.

Are tickets considered criminal offenses?

Most of the tickets are taken as criminal offenses. While you are involved in traffic offenses, as in case of speeding, they are termed as civic infractions and are not considered as criminal offenses. But, when you are issued a ticket for reckless driving or drunk driving, such serious offenses are taken as criminal offenses.

Should I fight a ticket?

It is in your best interests that you should fight every ticket. If you start getting tickets, and when points are added to your record, it is hard to negotiate reductions.

Why hire an attorney?

Lawyers specializing in Detroit speeding tickets defend your rights in the best possible manner. They help you avoid insurance-rate hikes and points. If this is not made possible, lawyers present your case in the best light at the formal hearing.