Failing to Pay a Fine in Michigan for Suspended Driver's License

In the state of Michigan, failure to pay fines can and often does result in driver’s license suspension. At Grabel & Associates, our attorneys realize that many motorists put themselves at risk of severe penalties and sanctions by driving on a suspended license, mostly due to a lack of financial resources.

You may have received a speeding ticket or been ticketed for brake lights that were not operating properly. Regardless of the reason for the ticket, failing to pay fines and other costs ordered by the court by the specified due date will result in automatic suspension of your driver's license. Whether you forgot to pay the fines or simply did not have the money, the court does not care - your license will be suspended.

Ultimately, being ticketed too many times or being convicted of DUI/reckless driving can result in a loss of your driving privilege.

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If you failed to pay a fine or fines that resulted in your driver's license being suspended, it is extremely difficult not to give in to your need to drive. In some cases driving is essential, even when your license is suspended; for example, in the case of a medical emergency. While we do not condone driving on a suspended license, there are times when you simply have no choice. However, if you are caught driving on a suspended license, you face additional fines and sanctions, which may include court costs of $500 for a first offense, along with potential jail time. The most important thing you can do is to consult with an experienced and capable driver’s license defense attorney.

What Should You Do if Failure to Pay a Fine Has Resulted in Suspension of Your Driver's License?

Failing to pay a ticket or fine for speeding or defective equipment is often considered a civil infraction. In most cases, these matters can be cleared up and the individual's license reinstated by paying the fines/court costs, along with late fees. However, if the matter concerns fines related to a misdemeanor charge, a bench warrant will be issued for non-payment of fines if the due date is not met. This ultimately means that police may actively search for you and stop/arrest you.

A person's driver's license may be suspended indefinitely for failing to pay a fine or comply with a court judgment. Regardless of the length of the suspension period, the first step you should take is to contact a lawyer. You may decide to contest the suspension of your license through an administrative hearing with the Secretary of State, however these hearings are extremely complex and require the assistance of a knowledgeable lawyer.

Having your driver's license reinstated by completing an application and sending in supporting documents along with a reinstatement fee may also be an option.

Regardless of the situation, to understand your options and what action you may take to have your driver's license reinstated after having it suspended for non-payment of fines it is recommended you consult with an attorney. At Grabel & Associates, we have a proven track record for getting Michigan motorists who have had their licenses suspended back on the road. Contact us now online or call us at 1-800-677-9795.

Please note: Recently DLAD/DAAD changed their name to the Administrative Hearings Section (AHS). Common use of the name AHS has not yet been widely accepted and the entity responsible for driver’s license hearings is still referred to as DLAD/DAAD in almost all legal areas, which is why we continue to use the term “DLAD/DAAD” throughout our website. More information about this change can be found at the Michigan Secretary of State’s website here.