Traffic Crimes

Students and faculty members at Michigan State University may face police involvement with a traffic/criminal offense. Traffic offenses may be felonies, misdemeanors, or civil infractions. Civil infractions do not result in a criminal record, but could result in points on one's driving record, including sanctions such as driver's license suspension or restriction. The most common driving-related misdemeanors are driving while license suspended, reckless driving, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, and drinking and driving offenses. Our firm has had a great deal of experience with all of these charges. We have been very successful in assisting students facing a driving while license suspended charge, reckless driving charge, leaving the scene of a property damage accident charge, or driving without a valid license in avoiding a criminal record. Note that any traffic misdemeanor offense or traffic felony offense, unlike many other felonies, for example, an armed robbery, most assault crimes and most theft crimes can never be expunged from one's criminal record. We have had a great deal of success in reducing drinking and driving offenses to civil infractions, though generally, this rarely occurs. When we are unable to do so, we are usually successful in reducing charges, points, licensing sanctions and avoiding jail time for our drinking and driving offenders. For many students who live off campus, it is imperative that they maintain their driving privileges. Charges that lead to driver's license suspensions or restrictions may often preclude a student from being able to get to class and could have a significant impact on one's academic career. Students and faculty members involved with any of these charges should talk to an attorney immediately after being charged and before going to court. Our firm directs our young clients and faculty members to engage in many rehabilitative and/or proactive interventions to put them in the best possible position to attain the best possible result.