Grand Rapids Traffic Offense Attorney Goes the Extra Mile to Defend You
We at the Van Den Heuvel Law Office understand that a traffic offense can cost you time in jail, hefty fines, and the loss of your driver’s license. No matter how minor your traffic offense may appear, traffic offenses and the points on your record can add up, especially if you don’t challenge them in court.
Competently defending your best interests
With more than 20 years of defending traffic offenses in Michigan, our legal team is highly effective in protecting your rights and your record. We handle a wide range of traffic-related offenses, including the interests of businesses who have an employee commit such offense in a company vehicle. Examples of charges we routinely fight are:
- Speeding. Many people believe it is easier to simply pay their speeding ticket than to fight it. This could end up being very costly to you. If you hire a criminal defense attorney to fight your ticket, we work to eliminate or reduce the penalty for you. In many cases you are not even required to appear in court.
- Reckless driving. Under Michigan law, the term “reckless driving” includes any violation that involves a disregard for driving laws. This is an extremely broad charge that can result in punishments ranging from fines to jail time.
- Hit and run. A “hit and run” occurs when the driver leaves the scene of an accident and it is a very serious offense. A hit and run causing injury to another person may result in misdemeanor charges and up to one year in prison as well as up to $1,000 in fines if convicted. Leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury or death is a felony offense. A conviction may result in up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
Helping you understand your DUI/OWI charges
Michigan law refers to drunk driving offenses as operating while intoxicated (OWI), but most people still call it driving under the influence (DUI). DUI is a criminal offense related to operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with blood alcohol content over 0.08. A DUI may be punishable by jail time, fines, driver’s license suspension, community service, probation and more. Most DUI offenses are misdemeanors but may be charged as felonies in certain circumstances.
What if the traffic offense occurs in a company vehicle?
If you get a DUI while driving a company-owned vehicle such as a fleet car, delivery truck, police car or school bus, it can have serious consequences. Your company’s auto insurance covers you in its car. Thus, if your rates for coverage increase because of your DUI, your employer will likely take away your company car. If driving a company vehicle is a requirement of your job, this could be grounds for firing you. Additionally, if you apply for a job that requires you to drive a company car or truck, you may be denied employment because of your DUI.
Contact a skilled traffic offense attorney to discuss your case
If you have been charged with a traffic offense, it is important to discuss it with a qualified attorney. At the Van Den Heuvel Law Office, we work to protect your driving record and your rights. Call us at 614-698-0000 or contact us via our online inquiry form. We are also available on Skype by appointment.