Traffic Laws


In the state of Michigan, many different charges can arise from unlawful operation of a motor vehicle. Whether it is speeding, racing, negligence, drunk driving, careless driving, or failure to obey traffic laws, there are severe penalties for traffic violations in Michigan. Grabel & Associates defends clients in criminal cases statewide, and can help you beat jail time and fines for criminal traffic violations. Our attorneys have extensive experience working in difficult criminal cases, and we will do everything necessary to help you achieve the best possible result in your case.

Michigan Defense Attorney for Traffic Law Cases Defending Clients in Motor Vehicle Cases in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Throughout Michigan

Work with a lawyer to avoid driver’s license points, license suspension or revocation, fines, and jail time after a criminal traffic violation charge. Our attorneys know what it takes to win in courts throughout Michigan, and can assist anyone charged with criminally violating a Michigan traffic law. Our attorneys have built a reputation as one of the top criminal defense firms in the state, and for over a decade our team has been successfully defending clients in traffic law cases. Contact an attorney immediately if you are facing criminal penalties after a traffic violation, and we will immediately begin working on your case. We defend clients facing any of the following charges and more, and it is crucial to contact a lawyer as soon as you are charged with any traffic violation offense:

Criminal Traffic Violations in Michigan

When you are charged with a motor vehicle offense, it is critical that you hire an experienced attorney as soon as possible. You can be charged for excessive speeding, careless or reckless driving, drag racing, failure to stop for emergency vehicles, fleeing a police officer, failing to give identification at the scene of a crash, and other moving traffic violations. Alcohol related offenses such as open container in vehicle, underage driver with a BAC over 0.02, BAC over 0.08, OWI/DUI/OWPD/OUIL/OWVI, and other crimes. Additionally, felony motor vehicle related offenses can result from traffic violations, including manslaughter, negligent homicide, and more.

When you are accused of a misdemeanor or felony traffic violation, you will face driver’s license suspension or revocation, fines, jail time, and additional criminal penalties. Contact an attorney as soon as possible to ensure your rights are properly protected and you do everything possible to fight for your freedom.

Criminal Penalties for Traffic Violations in Michigan

The Michigan Vehicle Code outlines the penalties associated with traffic violations in Michigan, and our attorneys work to protect clients from wrongful conviction or excessive punishment.

In the state of Michigan reckless driving is a misdemeanor which could result in up to 93 days imprisonment and a fine of $500. Reckless driving could include speeding, racing, stunt driving, or other driving that violates traffic laws. If reckless driving causes serious injury or death to another person, you could face 5 to 15 years imprisonment and increased fines.

Other traffic violations involve motor vehicle accidents, and while failure to stop at the scene after damaging a vehicle will result in a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a fine of $100, failure to stop at the scene of serious accidents involving injury or death could result in up to 15 years in prison.

Alcohol related traffic violations such as DUI, OWI, OUIL, Open Container in Vehicle, and other charges are also serious and should be handled by an experienced attorney. While a first DUI could result in 93 days imprisonment along with fines and license restriction or suspension, a felony drunk driving charge could result in up to 5 years in prison along with a 5 year license revocation.

Driver’s License Points for Michigan Traffic Law Violations

For any traffic violation, you could face points on your license, which could lead to license suspension or revocation. Contact our attorneys if you need your driver’s license reinstated after a criminal conviction, or work to fight criminal charges and avoid points on your driver’s. Manslaughter, negligent homicide, and other felony charges, along with DUI, reckless driving, failure to stop at the scene of an accident, fleeing an officer, and other serious violations will result in 6 points on your license. 

Drag racing, impaired driving, underage driver with BAC, excessive speeding of more than 16 miles per hour over the limit, and failure to yield for emergency vehicles could result in 4 points on your license. Careless driving, disobeying a traffic signal, speeding between 11 and 15 miles per hour over the limit, failure to stop at a railroad crossing or for a school bus, and other violations can result in 3 points on your license. 2 points on your license can result when you speed, have open alcohol in your vehicle, or refuse a preliminary breath test while underage.

Our Approach to Michigan Traffic Law Violations

Our criminal defense lawyers understand how traffic crime conviction could affect your future, and will fight to help you avoid license suspension or revocation, jail time, and fines. Without an attorney, you could face punishment that could have been avoided, and no matter how simple or difficult you think your case is, only a talented criminal defense lawyer can ensure the best possible result.

Our attorneys combine for over 100 years of legal experience, and will work with you to develop an individualized approach that will be effective in your unique case. We always look at every detail of criminal cases and take into account every legal issue affecting your case. Our lawyers are available now to begin fighting for you in any court statewide.

Contact Scott Grabel Michigan Traffic Law Lawyer

Call Grabel & Associates at 1-800-342-7896 now for a free consultation or contact us online. Ask to set up a free consultation with trial lawyer Scott Grabel, and discuss how to approach your criminal traffic violation case. Don’t hesitate to contact an attorney, as the best case outcome is only possible if you act fast.

Please note: Recently DLAD/DAAD changed their name to the Administrative Hearings Section (AHS). Common use of the name AHS has not yet been widely accepted and the entity responsible for driver’s license hearings is still referred to as DLAD/DAAD in almost all legal areas, which is why we continue to use the term “DLAD/DAAD” throughout our website. More information about this change can be found at the Michigan Secretary of State’s website here.