Traffic Violations

At the Clark Law Office, our Michigan traffic ticket attorneys have 30 years experience dealing with all types of traffic violations and tickets. Although you may think a traffic offense is not a big deal, they should not be taken lightly. With the current traffic points system being utilized in Michigan, every point counts against you and you are getting closer to facing potentially negative consequences such as license suspensions, revocations, and even driver’s responsibility fees. In addition, your car insurance provider will assuredly raise your payments due to your new driving record and increased points on your license. Michigan drivers with 7 or more points are forced to pay a yearly driver respnsibility fee. Getting your license restored is a timely and expensive process and with today’s fast paced world not having a license isn’t an option.

How Many Points Do You Receive For Various Traffic Violations in Michigan?
Each offense carries it’s own penalty, but the point totals can range from a simple two point ticket or up to a 6 point ticket. Here is a rundown of the most common ticketable offenses and the corresponding points penalty.

Speeding 10 MPH or less over the legal limit (2 points)
Open alcohol container found in the vehicle (2 points)
Refusal of a preliminary breath test (2 points)
Careless Driving (3 Points)
Speeding 11-15 MPH over the legal limit (3 points)
Failure to stop for a school bus (3 Points)
Operating while visibly impaired (4 points)
Speeding 16 MPH or more over the legal limit (4 points)
Reckless driving (6 points)
Felony involving the use of a motor vehicle (6 points)
Fleeing from a police officer (6 points)
Blood alcohol content of .08 or higher (6 points)
Refusual to take a chemical test (6 points)

Why Do You Need a Michigan Traffic Lawyer?
Most people simply pay the ticket when they receive a Michigan traffic violation. Although this may take care of the situation in the short term, most times you are better off by hiring an experienced attorney who regularly deals with the local prosecutors and judges. The Clark Law Office has handled all types of traffic tickets in numerous counties in Michigan. We know Michigan traffic law and we can use our knowledge to help you. Just because you recieved a traffic violation doesn’t mean that you are guilty, instead if you choose to pay the ticket you are admitting guilt. Don’t let your license get taken away or let your insurance rates go up, we can help.

Divorce

Divorce Help for People in Lansing, East Lansing, and Okemos, Michigan.
Divorce refers to the dissolution of marriage. When you and your spouse make the decision to end your marriage, it’s important to obtain legal representation separate from that of your spouse. For any divorce case there are a number of issues that must be addressed and resolved before the divorce is finalized, such as matters involving child custody, child support, spousal support, QDROs, marital property division, and more. Hiring your own Lansing family law & divorce attorney is the best way to ensure your rights will be protected, and that you’ll have an experienced legal professional advocating for your needs, wants, and best interest in court or mediation.

Michigan Divorce Laws
Michigan is a “no fault” state, which means couples do not need to meet any legal grounds in order to be granted a divorce. In Michigan, couples wishing to divorce can file on grounds of irreconcilable differences. Fault, however can be taking into consideration by the court in division of property and in child custody arrangement. It is important that you have legal counsel helping you to properly evaluate assets, finding hidden assets, and finding all income sources.

Although a couple doesn’t need to have legal grounds, there are residency requirements that must be met. Before a couple will be granted a divorce, they must prove they have lived in the state of Michigan for at least six months prior to filing the divorce paperwork. A couple must also have lived in the county in which they are filing for divorce for at least three months. Lastly, once the divorce papers have been filed with the court, there is a six-month waiting period before the divorce is legally finalized.

Lansing Divorce Attorneys
Divorce is a very serious legal matter that needs to be handled responsibly. The terms of your divorce will have an effect on your life for many years to come. It’s important to have a clear objective of what you wish to achieve in your divorce, and then make sure those objectives are followed through. An experienced Lansing divorce attorney can help you through the divorce process while protecting your rights and helping you make informed decisions that best serve your unique needs and interests. Being an experienced divorce attorney, attorney David M. Clark has developed a solid understanding and keen insight into the divorce process, and can confidently provide you with the resources, advice, and guidance you need at each stage of your case. David M. Clark and The Clark Law Office are focused solely on helping you resolve the terms of your divorce in a way that satisfies the needs of you and your family, and allows you to move forward after this often difficult process.

Legal Separation

Another type of action, separate from dissolution, is a legal separation. A legal separation greatly resembles an action for divorce except that the parties are not free to remarry. One major advantage of filing a legal separation action is that, unlike dissolution, there are no residency requirements. In Michigan, a person does not have to obtain a “legal separation” before filing a divorce.

Paternity

DNA testing is routinely used to establish paternity. But advances in reproductive technology and the changing nature of families are creating new challenges in paternity actions and other family law proceedings. Once paternity has been established and legally confirmed in a court, unmarried fathers and mothers both have rights with regard their child, including:

Physical custody or visitation.

The right to receive child support, depending upon custody considerations.

The right to make and have input into decisions about their child’s medical care, education, and religious upbringing.

Worker's Compensation

Under the Michigan Workers´ Disability Compensation Act, almost all Michigan employers are required to carry workers´ compensation insurance, to cover an employee who suffers an ” injury arising out of and in the course of employment.” A Michigan worker who is hurt on the job is entitled to benefits for wage loss, life time medical treatment, and rehabilitation services resulting from the Michigan work-related injury.

Under Michigan law, workers´ compensation wage loss benefits are 80% of the after-tax value of your average weekly wage. There are some complicated features to calculating wage loss benefits. When a worker’s weekly salary varies from week to week, wage loss benefits are based on the average of the 39 highest paid weeks in the last 52 weeks.

If an injured worker returns to work part-time, or at a lower-paying job, that individual still may be eligible for partial wage loss benefits, to cover part of the difference between the amount he or she earned before and after the work-related injury.

Michigan workers´ compensation pays for all medical care that is reasonable and necessary for treatment of a work-related injury, for as long as the worker requires treatment. Thus, a worker with a serious or chronic injury may be eligible for these medical benefits for years, or even for the rest of his or her life.

However, many times disputes with your employer may arise about what is reasonable and necessary treatment. Also many times Employers will tell you not to fill out an incident report that under Michigan Law needs to be filled out and given to your employer to receive workers compensation benefits. Additionally, the formulas for calculating your benefits can be very complex and confusing. For these reasons and many others you should enlist the help of an experienced Lansing workers’ compensation attorney such as David M. Clark and the attorneys at The Clark law Office to help you get the benefits you deserve. Seek the legal guidance that you need to complete and file a worker’s compensation complaint and receive the results that you are owed. We will file the complaint and have it filed with the Workers Compensation Bureau usually the day of your appointment.

Social Security

The Social Security Administration denies many people after their first application for Disability Benefits. However, after appeal, many of those people that are turned down win the benefits that they rightfully deserve. If you have been turned down by Social Security there is still hope. An experienced Michigan Social Security Attorney can help you prepare your appeal and win the benefits that you are entitled to at hearing before the Social Security Administration. David M. Clark has successfully fought for his clients disability benefits for 30 years in the State of Michigan.

Let a Lansing Attorney Help You Get Disability Benefits in Michigan
If you can no longer work because you have a physical or psychological disability it is important to find a Lansing social security lawyer that can help you through the process in the following ways. An experienced attorney can help you organize your medical records and make sure everything is covered. We help many clients after they have been initially denied so we have a very good idea of what the social security administration is looking for in an approval. If there is any important missing medical information we can take care of the issue before your appeal for your benefits. Bringing in medical experts that are respected in their fields can go a long way in streghtening your case. Our Michigan social security lawyers can also prepare and craft the legal arguements that are going to be the backbone in your case or claim. The Clark Law Office can help guide you at the hearing before witnessess, the ALJ, and the vocational rehabilitation expert.

Our Lansing Social Security Attorneys Specialize In These Areas

Social Security Disability Services
Supplemental Security Income Services
Benefits Payments Services
Appeal Denial Legal Services

Do I Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits in Michigan?
Before deciding whether you qualify for benefits, it is required that you have an insured status. Generally, but not always, you must show significant work in the last 5 out of 10 years. Once you have an insured status, you go on to the next phase in the process and determine if you are actually entitled to any benefits and how much. There are many factors that go into the decision of approving or denying your social security benefits, but some are more important than others. The most relied upon factors include your age, your education level, your work skills, whether your work skills transfer, your impairment, and your past relevant work history. The Social Security Adminstration will heavily weigh these factors on their decision about your social security benefits.

When looking at your impairment, the type of impairment is crucial. It can either be total impairment or non-total impairment. If it is decided that you don’t have a total impairment, then the residual functional capacity comes into play. This capacity basically is a scale that ranks the amount of work you are capable of. It is broken down in the following fashion:

Sedentary – Capable only of sitting or sedentary behavior and lifting 10 lbs.
Light – Capable of Working/Standing six out of an 8 hour work day and lifting 20 lbs.
Medium – Capable of Working/Standing the entire day and lifting 50 lbs.
Heavy – Capable of Working/Standing the entire day and lifting 75+ lbs.
Very Heavy – Capable of Working/Standing the entire day and lifting 100+ lbs.