DUI Attorney - SOS Points - Farmington Hills, MI
ATTORNEYS OF MICHIGAN, PLLC - Traffic & DUI Defense Lawyers
 Traffic Tickets Are Out Of Control
In Michigan, it is estimated that every 45 seconds, a traffic ticket, such as, speeding, red light, stop sign, failure to yield, prohibited turn, following too close, dwls, drunk driving, reckless driving, MIP, careless driving, basic speed violation, at-fault accident tickets and other traffic offenses as well as ordinance violations are issued to Michigan residents. 
In the USA, Traffic Tickets take in approximately $15 Billion Dollars ($15,000,000,000.00) in gross revenue from everyday drivers like you. A recent study has shown that more tickets are issued in a bad economy as opposed to a good economy which makes you wonder whether "traffic tickets are really just another form of tax on drivers." 
Most moving violations that add Points to your driving record, can also result in:
  1. increase your auto and life insurance rates
  2. impose additional Driver Responsibility Fees
  3. restrict or suspend your driving privileges
  4. can risk your job and employment opportunities
  5. blemish your driving record for a long time.

A conviction for most civil infraction violations stay on your driving record for up to 7 years. Traffic misdemenors stay on your record for life. Some people think that the conviction stays on your record for 2 years only. That couldn't be farther from the truth. Unfortunately, only the Points fall off after 2 years from the date of your conviction (not the date you were originally issued the ticket).  
Don't Confuse The 'Conviction' With 'Points' On Your Driving Record 
People often confuse the "conviction" with the "Points." The fact is that the conviction stays on your record for 7 years even after the SOS points fall off (2 years from the date of the conviction). While the SOS Points fall off,  the conviction remains there for the insurance companies and the public to see for 7 years. In other words, don't think that a reportable traffic violation from over 2 years ago has disappeared from your driving record. The conviction stays on your driving record for 7 years and if it's a traffic misdemeanor, such as drunk driving, reckless drivingdriving while license suspended/revoked/denied (DWLS), then it stays on your record for the rest of your life.


MI Traffic and DUI Lawyer
Most Insurance Companies have their own private point rating system. This confuses many people. To better illustrate this is by way of example, if you received a speeding ticket which the SOS assigned 2 points on your driving record, it is very likely that your Insurance Company may have assigned you 3 or more of their own points on their private rating system because most insurance companies do they do not use the same rating system as the Secretary of State.
Worst is that the Secretary of State uses a 2 year look back date for calculating points on your driving record. On the other hand, most Insurance Companies can go back as much as 3 years or more to evaluate your premiums. Remember, the conviction stays on your record for 7 years.
It should be no surprise why Insurance Companies spend millions of dollars annually to get their hands on your driving record and look for tickets. Those millions of dollars they spend to collect information on your driving record often translates to increases in your auto premiums. The more points on your record, the more you will likely pay in insurance costs.
Insurance Co. Can Make You Pay More Money
In actuality, the more points assigned on your driving record, the more money insurance companies make from you. This is why you should FIGHT your ticket! Simply paying the ticket without a fight is not smart and can come back to haunt you in many ways. So before you pay that ticket, see if it carries points. If so, schedule a Court hearing even if you don't hire a lawyer to defend you.
Most traffic and non-traffic ticket violations carry Points and even jail. These Points can have a huge impact in your wallet and driving privileges. To find out how many convictions or Points are on your driving record, go to any Secretary of State branch office to request your driving record.