Moving Violations Causing Serious Injury or Death

Moving Violations

Lansing Michigan Moving Violation Causing Injury or Death Defense Lawyer

Under Michigan law if you commit a moving violation and that results in someone having a serious impairment of a bodily function or death, you are guilty of a misdemeanor. Just like with an OWI Causing Serious Injury or Death or Reckless Driving Causing Serious Injury or Death, causation is a crucial element of the offense that must be proven. It is not enough for the prosecutor to establish that you committed a moving violation, they must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed a moving violation and that was the actual and proximate cause of the other person’s serious injury or death. Also, the injury has to be something more serious than just some bruises or cuts; the injury must be severe enough that it impairs an important bodily function so that it effects the person’s ability to lead a normal life.

A moving violation is defined as any act or omission prohibited under the motor vehicle code or a local ordinance substantially corresponding to the motor vehicle code and involves operating a motor vehicle upon which fines may be assessed. Examples would be speeding, failure to stop at a stop sign, texting while driving…

Penalties for Moving Violation Causing Serious Injury

  • Up to 93 days in jail
  • Fine up to $500 plus costs
  • Six points on your driving record
  • One-year “hard suspension” of your driver’s license (no hardship appeal to circuit court)

Penalties for Moving Violation Causing Death

  • Up to one year in jail
  • Fines up to $2,000
  • Six points on your driving record
  • One-year “hard suspension” of your driver’s license (no hardship appeal to circuit court)

While it may be a misdemeanor and not a felony, it is still a very serious offense with severe penalties that can impact your freedom and your driving record. Also, just because you are charged with a moving violation causing serious injury or death doesn’t prohibit the prosecutor from charging with someone else with even worse penalties such as reckless driving or reckless driving causing serious injury or death.

Michigan Traffic Crimes Attorney

If you have been charged with a moving violation causing serious injury or death, you need an attorney with experience in handling traffic related offenses that know how to properly investigate, file the right motions, and make winning arguments to a jury. Don’t lose your ability to provide for yourself or your family by risking your freedom and driver’s license. Call Austin Legal Services, PLC today at (517) 614-1983 to speak to a Michigan moving violations defense lawyer!

Defending moving violations and other traffic crimes throughout Michigan in the counties of Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Gratiot, Jackson, Livingston, Kent, Shiawassee, Genesee in the cities of Lansing, East Lansing, Mason, Charlotte, St. Johns, Ithaca, Jackson, Howell, Brighton, Grand Rapids, Corunna, Durand, Flint.