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Can a Speeding Ticket Result in Jail Time?

For most people, a speeding ticket is a minor bump in the road and not much to worry about, aside from the fine and potential appearance in court. Essentially, you make a mistake and as a result, the state forces you to be inconvenienced in a few different ways. Unfortunately for some, though, this seemingly minor infraction can lead to serious consequences.

Should you be concerned about jail time or other harsh penalties if you are caught speeding?


Here’s what you need to know:

In most cases, a speeding violation will not result in jail time, but you can be penalized with points on your driving record and mandatory attendance at driving school. You might also be required to participate in community service.

There are exceptions and if you fit into one of the following categories, your speeding ticket could land you in jail:

  • Repeat offender
  • Charged with speeding and reckless driving
  • Not showing up in court
  • Speeding in protected areas, such as near a school or in a construction zone
  • Your criminal history
  • Speeding in conjunction with another charge, such as OWI

One of the most important things you can do following the receipt of a speeding ticket is to contact an attorney, if you intend to fight it. Some speeding ticket recipients simply pay their fine and move on. However, if you plan to appear in court regarding the ticket, or you have no choice because there are additional penalties attached to the ticket, an attorney will provide the support and guidance you need.

Speeding and an OWI

One of the quickest ways to end up in jail following a speeding ticket is to be charged with drunk driving in addition to speeding. Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol puts you in serious legal jeopardy and carries with it severe penalties, including the potential loss of your driving privileges.

If you were pulled over for speeding and arrested for drunk driving, it’s imperative you find an attorney experienced in defending against OWI charges. Your future is at risk and you need the expertise of someone who understands Michigan’s legal system and who can fight to protect your rights.

For more information about Michigan’s drunk driving laws, visit the Michigan State Police wesite.

When to Contact an Attorney

Though it might seem like an overreaction to contact an attorney because of a speeding ticket, you need to make the decision that is best for you. If you suspect jail time could be in the cards, it’s better to speak to someone than to assume things will all work out for the best. Whenever your freedom and well-being is at risk, it’s best to have someone on your side, ensuring your rights are protected.

For more information or to speak to someone about your situation, contact Andrew W. Kowalkowski, PLLC at 248.974.9594 to schedule a consultation.


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