Moving Violations Causing Serious Injury

Some traffic violations are civil infractions; others are more serious misdemeanors or even felonies. These criminal traffic offenses can have serious and long-lasting consequences for those who are convicted of them. Moving violations that cause serious injury are criminal misdemeanors and should not be taken lightly. If you are facing charges for this traffic violation, it’s important to contact a Lansing criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options.

Michigan Law

According to Section 257.601d of the Michigan Vehicle Code: “A person who commits a moving violation causing…serious impairment of body function” is guilty of a misdemeanor and may face up to 93 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.

The statute defines a moving violation as “an act or omission prohibited under this act or local ordinance substantially corresponding to this act that involves the operation of a motor vehicle, and for which a fine may be assessed.”

Other Possible Consequences

Hundreds of dollars in fines and possible jail time are not the only ways that a conviction pursuant to this section could affect you. Depending on the circumstances of your charge and your life, you may face a host of other possible consequences, including:

  • Inability to Pass a Background Check – If you’re looking for a job, applying to an institution of higher learning, trying to obtain a professional license, a loan, or rent a house or apartment, chances are that your background will be thoroughly checked. A criminal history could be a significant roadblock to a variety of opportunities, and disqualify you as a candidate for some altogether. What’s more, you could carry this red mark for life. In Michigan, driving related offenses may not currently be expunged from your criminal record. This means if you are convicted of causing serious injury while committing a moving violation, you will have a criminal record for life, even if it is your one and only offense.
  • Civil Liability – Because Michigan is a no-fault state, most damages resulting from most car accidents are paid by one or both parties’ car insurance provider(s), protecting people from further civil liability. However, some unique circumstances do allow a seriously injured party to sue an individual for damages. If you do face civil liability, a criminal conviction could provide evidence against you.
  • Higher Insurance – Michigan’s no-fault insurance is already expensive, and many drivers already feel that they are paying too much for car insurance. A criminal traffic violation on your record, and the related points on your driver’s license means your monthly premiums will be even higher for possibly years to come.
  • Job Loss – If driving is a big part of your current job, a conviction for a criminal traffic violation could put your employment at risk. If you work in an unrelated field but your employer has a zero tolerance policy regarding criminal convictions, you could face termination.

How a Lansing Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help

Every case is different, but after conducting thorough interviews of you and any possible witnesses, and collecting any other potential evidence, your lawyer may help you negotiate a plea arrangement, or explore a number of possible defenses on your behalf, including:

  • You didn’t commit a moving violation – Unfortunately, accidents do happen. If an accident occurred but not in conjunction with some moving violation, your lawyer may be able to help you build a defense.
  • No one was seriously injured – Some con artists have developed strategies for causing accidents and then faking or exaggerating injuries in order to collect hefty insurance payouts. If you’re the victim of this kind of scam, your lawyer will work diligently to collect the evidence to support your innocence and build your defense.

These are just a few of the many possible ways that a skilled Lansing traffic defense lawyer may be able to help you fight your charges. Don’t risk your freedom or years of negative ramifications. Contact DeBruin Law today to learn more about your options and to begin moving toward the best possible resolution to your case. Call our offices at (517) 324-4303.