Moving Violation Causing Serious Injury – Gerald R Stahl is Grand Rapids Defense Attorney
Have You or Someone You Know Been Charged with a Moving Violation Causing Serious Injury of an Important Bodily Function?
As of October 31st, 2010, it is a criminal misdemeanor in the State of Michigan to commit a moving violation while driving and cause an accident that results in a serious impairment of bodily function to another person. The penalties are as follows:
- Up to 93 days in Jail
- $500 fine
- Driver’s license sanctions by the Secretary of State of 1 year mandatory suspension
- 6 points added to your driving record
- Secretary of State will impose $1,000.00 a year driver’s responsibility fee per year for 2 years.
The offense has been criticized by many people as being too harsh. This is a case where mere negligence has now been turned into a crime. You can be charged with this offense for texting or running a red light and the result is a serious injury accident. In order to obtain a conviction, the Prosecutor must show you committed a moving violation, and then they must establish that the conviction resulted in a serious impairment of an important bodily function, and that the defendant operation of his motor vehicle was the proximate cause of the injuries. Additionally under the law the serious impairment can be temporary and does not have to be permanent.
Attacking the Prosecutors Case in an Accident Causing Serious Injury in Michigan
- The victim committed gross negligence and caused the accident and the resulting injuries.
- The victim did not sustain a serious impairment of bodily function.
- The victim was acting recklessly and caused or contributed to his/her own injuries.
- The victim was treated and released from the hospital with no follow up treatment.
Note: The fact is that the prosecutor can be very aggressive with these cases and obtain a conviction with sympathy of the jury. If the victim suffers an injury resulting in broken bones or surgery you can bet the prosecutor will be charging the defendant with a moving violation causing serious injuries.
“Better Call Stahl” – Gerald R Stahl is Grand Rapids Best Lawyer
If you are charged in Michigan with Moving Violation Causing Serious Injury call the Law Office of Gerald R. Stahl. Gerald R. Stahl has been helping people charged with serious driving offenses throughout all Western Michigan Courts for over 32 years. Gerald R. Stahl is conveniently located in Grand Rapids on East Beltline near Knapp’s Corner and the 63rd District Court. 616-456-7372.
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