Drag Racing

Drag Racing

Are you facing drag racing charges in Michigan? A conviction could lead to significant consequences, including hefty fines and jail time. Don’t risk your future by facing these charges alone. A skilled Michigan defense lawyer can protect your rights and build a strong case on your behalf.

How Does Michigan Define Drag Racing?

Michigan law defines drag racing as operating two or more vehicles side-by-side from the same starting point at accelerating speeds in a competitive attempt to out-distance each other over a common route. Drag racing can also include racing scenarios that use timing devices to gauge competitive acceleration by participating vehicles.

In Michigan, it is illegal to operate a vehicle on a highway or any place open to the general public, including parking areas, in a drag race, or to achieve a speed or acceleration record. It is also illegal to assist others in such activities. If the authorities find you drag-racing another vehicle in any public area or assisting others in doing so, you are committing a drag-racing offense.

Notably, Michigan’s usual prohibitions on drag racing do not apply within the Silver Lake State Park scramble area. The state does not enforce drag racing laws in this area because it is for off-road vehicle use only.

Penalties for Drag Racing

You could face misdemeanor charges if the police catch you participating in a drag race in Michigan. A conviction could result in four points against your license, up to 90 days in jail, and up to $500 in fines.

Defense Strategies for Drag Racing Charges

If you face drag racing charges in Michigan, your attorney could use one or several defense strategies to fight the allegations. Here are some common defense strategies that might apply to your situation:

  • Lack of Evidence: Your lawyer could argue that there is insufficient evidence supporting the charges against you. For example, if there are no reliable witnesses or video footage, it may be difficult for the prosecution to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.
  • Improper Police Procedure: If the police did not follow proper procedures during your arrest, your lawyer could argue that they violated your rights. If the court finds that the police acted improperly, it may dismiss the charges or exclude certain evidence.
  • Inaccurate Speed Measurement: Prosecutors often rely on speed measurements to prove drag racing. Your lawyer can challenge the accuracy of the speed measurement devices or methods used to clock your speed. If the measurement is unreliable, it weakens the prosecution’s case.
  • Lack of Intent: The prosecution must prove that you intended to participate in a race to convict you of drag racing. Your lawyer could argue that you did not have the intent to race. For example, you might have been speeding but not competing against another vehicle.

Contact a Drag Racing Defense Lawyer Now

If you face drag racing charges in Michigan, don’t wait to get the help you need. Contact the Law Office of John Freeman for a free initial consultation now. We will review your case, explore your options, and work hard to protect your rights and your future.