If I received a citation for running a red light, can I fight it?

There is no fine but I assume I will still receive points. And will this affect my insurance?

Asked on July 28, 2015 under General Practice, Michigan


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

It is very hard to "fight" a citation: courts presume that red light cameras are accurate, the police officers are more truthful or credible than the drivers they ticket, etc.

What you can do is try to negotiate to plea to a lesser charge, one without points (or with fewer points), and assuming you have an otherwise good or clean driving record, you should have a good change. Appear in court, speak to the prosecutor, stress your good record, show some contrition, and if necessary, expess a willingness to take some defensive driving course; if you do this, there is a good chance you will be given the change to plead guilty to a lesser infraction.

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