How long will points stay on my record?
Most traffic ticket convictions result in points added to your permanent driving record. Points stay on your record for two years.
Will too many points cause me to lose my license?
Accumulating too many points within a 2-year period may cause the Secretary of State to restrict, suspend or revoke your driver’s license. Further, certain violations (drunk driving and reckless driving) will result in license sanctions such as restrictions and suspension.
Are tickets reported to the Michigan Secretary of State?
Most traffic convictions are reported to the Secretary of State. Your insurance company may review these records.
Will traffic tickets increase my insurance rates?
Traffic ticket convictions often result in significant rate hikes, since your insurer may view you as a higher risk.
How are traffic tickets classified… criminal or civil?
Many common Michigan traffic offenses are classified as civil infractions and are not considered a crime. Examples of civil infractions are:
- Careless driving
- Failure to signal
- Improper lane use
- No turn on red
- Failure to stop in the assured clear distance
- Disobey traffic device and stop sign
- Improper turn
Since a civil infraction is not a crime, you are entitled to a hearing in front of a Magistrate or Judge. You do not have the right to a jury trial. The prosecutor must prove the case by a preponderance of the evidence (not beyond a reasonable doubt as in a criminal case).
Some Michigan traffic offenses are crimes. Drunk driving/DUI/OWI, driving without a license and reckless driving are common examples. You are entitled to a jury trial and the prosecution must prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.