Legal Question in Traffic Law in Michigan

improper lane usage

Due to bad weather you can not see

the turning lane and we had our

indicator on and turned left

so this police officer gave us a $120

ticket after he gave us the ticket he

left and gave us a 1/2 hour way to

get to the airport after we came to

take pictures then the roads were

clean ironically in that whole day the

had to clean right after our ticket

do u think we should go to court or


Asked on 12/24/08, 11:19 am

4 Answers from Attorneys

Audra Arndt Audra A. Arndt & Associates, PLLC

Re: improper lane usage

You should always fight traffic tickets, even if you are guilty. If you have a perfect or good driving record, more often than not you can get the ticket reduced to a no point violation. In this case, you have a legitimate defense that you could not see the lane clearly because of the weather. However, the police officer will be present when you talk to the prosecutor, so it will depend on what he has to say as well.

I always recommend hiring a lawyer to fight tickets because it is worth a few hundred bucks to have it reduced and not appear on your driving record, since that will make your insurance rates increase for at least 3 years, and make it more difficult to get a break on any future tickets since you'd have this one on your record.

If you are in the tri-county area of Michigan, please contact me if you'd like to retain a lawyer.


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Answered on 12/27/08, 5:51 pm


Re: improper lane usage

Yes you should fight the ticket. We can help and hopefully get the points reduced.

Please call us at The Michigan Legal Team, PC to discuss further.

Toll free at 877 MICH-TEAM

Eric I. Kutinsky, Esq

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Answered on 12/24/08, 11:31 am
Timothy Klisz Klisz Law Office, PLLC

Re: improper lane usage

you should certainly not just pay it. Points are killer on your insurance. Visit Tim Klisz

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Answered on 12/24/08, 11:32 am
Carole Lohr Law Office of Carole A. Lohr

Re: improper lane usage

You should evaluate several things in making your decision, specifically the amount of money involved, the value of your time, and the effect of having additional points listed on your license. Also you need to decide do you just want to fight the merits of the ticket. An attorney can assist you in evaluating whether in your particular case it it worth it to hire an attorney or proceed pro se (go to court without an attorney)on your own behalf. Most attorneys will give you a free consultation. Good luck.

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Answered on 12/24/08, 1:46 pm

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