What should I know as a minor about traffic misdemeanors?
If you have received a traffic ticket, it is important to read both sides of the ticket. The ticket will indicate whether you are accused of committing a civil infraction or a misdemeanor. Also located on the ticket is information about how you can respond to the ticket, where you may need to appear, and what your rights are. If you are under the age of 17, and have received a misdemeanor traffic ticket, you must appear at the family division of the circuit court.

You will be notified to appear for an intake interview and a preliminary hearing. At the preliminary hearing, you will plead guilty or not guilty, and be notified of the next hearing date. Your parents or legal guardian must be present during all proceedings. You may be represented by an attorney, and you have the right to a trial by a judge or jury. The prosecutor must prove that you are guilty.

If you fail to appear for the arraignment, an order may be issued to the police to bring you to court. If you are convicted of a traffic misdemeanor, you may be put on probation, be sent to a driver improvement course, and points will be added to your driving record by the Secretary of State.

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