Michigan Drunk Driving Defense Attorneys
Michigan Information on Substance Abuse and Driving
- Michigan Criminal Defense Attorneys | Aggressive Criminal Defense Lawyer in Michigan | Michigan Legal Defense
The Michigan criminal defense attorneys at Kronzek & Cronkright defend people charged with both felony and misdemeanor crimes, including homicide, DUI, sex crimes, drug charges, theft, assault, white collar crimes, motor vehicle charges, firearm charges, computer crimes, juvenile charges, and probation violations.
- DUI Michigan: The Law Office of Joseph F. Awad is a full service law firm, based in Farmington Hills, Michigan, specializing in defending both residents and non-residents from DUI charges.
- Olivares, Jay
- Oak Park
- Konikow, Sam:
OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) First Offense was
at one time considered a minor and usually an
isolated event. Before I started to practice
law in 1978 these 1st offense cases were often plea
bargained totally out of the realm of drinking offenses.
Plea offers to Reckless Driving and even to the civil
infraction of Careless Driving were not uncommon.
Wholesale changes in the Drunk Driving laws,
which occurred in 1983, 1992, 1999 have obliterated these
laxities. The drunk driving laws today are so restrictive and
harsh, the Driver's Responsibility law so expensive that the
hiring of counsel for representation in these cases is
OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) Second Offense is
so severe a crime that if a person
is convicted of it he/she will automatically lose their
driver's license for one calendar year
( no restricted license available ).
OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) THIRD Offense
is a five ( 5 ) year FELONY !
Because it is a driving offense and because law
enforcement looks back over a lifetime of your driving
record, this felony is inexpugnable.
- Lynn D. Bowne: Drunk driving defense - If there is a time when you get in a bind and are charged with a driving violation such as driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence, we can help. We have successfully defended people who have gotten into tough situations, and we can help you, too. A conviction for drunk driving can affect more than just your immediate ability to drive; fines can be substantial and the effect they have on insurance rates and even your ability to keep a job can be staggering.
- Butler, Durham & Toweson: Drunk driving. DUI, OWI, DWI, failure to use a seatbelt, license restrictions, insurance coverage, probable cause to stop, suspended license, speeding tickets, informed consent, chemical tests, and reckless driving.
- Paw Paw
- Willis & Willis:
It is possible, with knowledgeable and aggressive legal counsel, to avoid the harsh and serious penalties that are associated with drunk driving convictions in Michigan.
- Kolosowsky, James:
75% Criminal Defense
5% Child Support
5% Divorce / Separation
5% Child Custody
5% Domestic Violence
5% DUI / DWI
- Michigan Drunk Driving: Have You Been Charged With OWI Or OWVI? If you have been charged with what is commonly referred to as drunk driving in Michigan, you need to hire an attorney immediately to protect your rights! Do not wait until your initial arraignment and then plead guilty because you are embarrassed or want to get it over with. An experienced attorney can protect your rights and make the process bearable for you and your family. Hire An Attorney With OWI & OWVI Experience If you are facing a drunk driving charge of Operating While Intoxicated - OWI or Operating While Visibly Impaired - OWVI, you owe it to yourself to hire an attorney with experience. You will have tough questions about your rights, your license, jail time, alcohol assessments, and many others. Get them answered by an attorney who has been on both sides. Do Not Plead Guilty at Your Arraignment! There is a common misconception that if you were drinking and driving and charged with OWI or OWVI you must plead guilty at your initial arraignment. Nothing could be further from the truth! Your initial arraignment is designed to inform you of your charges and to determine your INITIAL plea. You can plead Not Guilty, Stand Mute or Guilty. If you plead not guilty you are simply setting the matter for a pretrial conference to speak with a prosecuting attorney. The same goes for standing mute. If you plead guilty, the judge will specifically tell you that you are giving up all of your rights. At the minimum, you should speak with a prosecuting attorney about your case. This will give you time to further consider hiring an attorney.
- Laacksonen Law: DRUNK DRIVING Drunk driving is a serious offense that can have equally serious outcomes. If you are convicted of drunk driving, there are mandatory legal penalties. You could have your driver's license suspended or your insurance rates could sky rocket. In these cases, it is important to have an experienced attorney who understands the law and who is ready to defend and guide you through the process. Michigan law defines three levels of offenses involving drunk driving: First Offense: Your first offense could result in license sanctions, such as a six month suspension, and up to ninety days in jail. Second Offense: Receiving two drunk driving charges within a seven year period results in a second offense. This could result in a one year jail sentence and an indefinite loss of your driver's license. Third Offense: These charges can include out of state offenses as well as in state offenses. The third offense is considered a felony and could result in a one to five year state prison sentence and the permanent loss of your license. With the right legal counsel you can greatly diminish the probability that your privilege to drive will be suspended for any length of time. You should feel comfortable with the attorney and confident in his ability to defend your rights. Drunk driving is a criminal matter and there are stiff penalties, especially if your case is mishandled.
- Hougaboom, William: # Asset Protection # Civil Litigation # Collections # Contracts # Criminal Defense # Divorce # Domestic Violence # DUI/DWI (Drunk driving) # Durable Power-of-attorney (general, medical directive) # Elder Law # Expungment # Family Law # Juvenile: delinquency, neglect/abuse # Landlord / tenant # MIP # Probate # Wills and Trusts
- Point Huron
- June Sullenger: When facing criminal charges, it is important to have an experienced law firm on your side.
- Leslie Clark: Most states break their crimes into two major groups-felonies and misdemeanors. Whether a crime falls into one category or the other depends on the potential punishment. If a law provides for imprisonment for longer than a year, it is usually considered a felony. If the potential punishment is for a year or less, then the crime is considered a misdemeanor. In some states, certain crimes, called "wobblers," may be considered either a misdemeanor or a felony, because under some conditions the punishment may be imprisonment for less than a year, and in other situations, the criminal may go to prison for a year or more.
- Mapley, David: A justification means that a defendant is seeking to avoid liability for a criminal offense by showing the circumstances that justified the defendant's actions. A justification is not a true defense. When asserting a justification, the defendant generally admits that he or she committed the offense but claims that his or her conduct was justified under the facts and circumstances.
- Toca & Associates: An indictment or an information must be valid in order to charge a defendant with a crime. If the indictment or the information is insufficient, that is, if it fails to contain certain requirements, the defendant may challenge the indictment or the information by filing a motion to dismiss or a motion to quash prior to trial.
- Port Huron
- Boucher & Kanan: You Have Rights If You Are Accused of a Crime It is absolutely critical that you understand that if you are charged with a crime, you have certain rights that have been guaranteed in our Federal and State Constitution. One of the most critical rights that you have is the right to the attorney of your choosing to represent you at what might be the most critical time in your life. A criminal conviction can be devasting and can result in your imprisonment, fines, costs and probation. It can mean the loss of your home, your family, your way of life. "You are under arrest!" If you or a loved one is charged with a crime, the fear and disruption to your life can be overwhelming. You need a lawyer who knows not only the law, but also how to guide you through the criminal justice system.
- Black, Black & Black: Has someone you love been arrested for a DUI? Even more serious, did your loved one cause a drunk driving accident? Are you looking for aggressive DUI defense that will fight to avoid unnecessary jail time, license revocation, and fines?
- James Pratt: The sooner you have an attorney on your side, the sooner you may be able to resolve these difficult situations.
- Miller Law Office:
Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) or Operating With Any Presence of a Schedule 1 Drug (OWPD)
$100 to $500 fine and one or more of the following:
Up to 93 days in jail.
Up to 360 hours of community service.
Driver's license suspension for 30 days, followed by license restrictions for 150 days.
Possible vehicle immobilization.
Possible ignition interlock.
Six points added to driving record.
Driver Responsibility Fee:
$1,000 for 2 consecutive years for OWI.
$500 for 2 consecutive years for OWPD.
- Ohlenberg, Richard: DUI / DWI law information The legal limit in Minnesota is .08. A first DWI offense with a reading of less than .20 is a misdemeanor level offense, provided there are no aggravating factors. There is a civil side to a DWI/DUI offense, which is the license revocation. It is important that a person with a DWI charge contact an experienced attorney shortly after being cited for a DWI/DUI because if the defendant misses a deadline he or she loses the opportunity to contest the revocation or cancellation of his or her driver's license. In addition to the civil side of an attorney working to preserve your license, we can also challenge the circumstances and or evidence around your DWI arrrest. Each circumstance is unique, which is why the best way to build a defense to your DWI charge is to talk about the elements specific to your case. Some of the possible defenses to a DWI include: * Did the officer had the right to pull you over? * Was the breathalyzer was properly maintained, callibrated and administered? * Whether or not the BAC evidence can be challenged * Additional possible defenses around your specific situation While you may have heard from family and friends that hiring a DWI defense lawyer can be expensive, it's important to understand that NOT hiring a lawyer can have far greater consequences, including, but not limited to: * Higher insurance premiums * License forfeiture / revocation / suspension * Loss of commercial driver's license * Limits on future employment opportunities * Fines * Time spent in jail
- Rickert, Dennis:
Even a first-offense drunk-driving charge carries penalties that can affect you for years down the road. You could lose your license and maybe lose your job. You may also be denied the opportunity to enter Canada which can be devastating for anyone whose employment includes travelling into Canada. You may also pay thousands of dollars in fines and fees. An experienced OWI defense lawyer can help you reduce your penalties or defeat your charges altogether
- Rochester Hills
- Barron, Rosenberg, Mayoras & Mayoras:
60% Divorce / Separation
10% Criminal Defense
10% DUI / DWI
- Balian & Busse: Business/Corporate Business Litigation Criminal Matters Divorce Driver's License Restoration Estate Planning - Wills & Trusts Family Law Formation of Businesses Leases - Preparation & Review Probate Purchase & Sale of Businesses Traffic Offenses
- Sheehan & Associates: DUI/DWI and Traffic Violations in Michigan Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (“DUI/DWI”) is a serious offense, and DUI/DWI arrests must be addressed immediately. Rights can be lost without prompt action.
- Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones:
One of the most important rights you have is the right to remain silent. In order to ensure your defense attorney has the opportunity to structure the most effective defense possible, avoid discussing your situation with police, investigators, friends, or family.
- McLean, Mijak & Clark: * DUI (drunk driving) * Assault and battery * Drug charges * Domestic violence * Juvenile law matters
- Duncan, Murray: Criminal Defense Family Law Domestic Violence Felony Misdemeanor License Restoration Drunk Driving Traffic Violations Experienced Trial Attorney Divorce Custody Visitation Paternity Bankruptcy Personal Injury Chapter 7 Wage Garnishments Utility Shut-Offs Collection Calls Lawsuits Auto Accidents Slip and Fall Dog Bite Social Security Disability Workman’s Compensation Claims
- Roczyk, John:
Probate & Estate Law
* Civil Litigation
* Business Law
* Wills & Trust
* Criminal Law
- Royal Oak
- Kloc, Floyd:
A criminal case begins when a prosecuting attorney prepares and signs a complaint and warrant. It usually occurs because a police agency has reported sufficient facts about a crime for the prosecution to believe the crime occured. This warrant is then brought to a magistrate by a law enforcement officer who swears that the facts support the warrant. If the magistrate believes the facts support the charges contained in the warrant, then s/he signs the warrant. If the defendant is already under arrest, then the warrant is provided to him or her. If the defendant is not under arrest, then the warrant will be entered into LEIN (Law Enforcement Information Network) for the defendant to be arrested.
Once the defendant is arrested, s/he must be brought before a judge or magistrate for an “arraignment” within forty-eight hours to have the warrant read to him/her, be advised of his/her State and Federal Constitutional Rights, and either set or deny bond. Criminal law is generally broken down into three categories: misdemeanors, felonies, and capital offenses.
- Kaehne, Limbeck, Pasquale & Pasquale: Drinking alcohol or taking drugs may affect your ability to operate vehicles in a safe manner. It is against the law in every state to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs if you cannot safely operate the vehicle. If the police observe you driving erratically, they are allowed to stop you to see if there is an OWI violation. If they suspect that you are intoxicated, they can ask you to submit to various tests, including a blood alcohol test.
- Shelby Township
- St. Clair Shores
- St. Joseph
- Colovos & Associates: Arrested for Drunk Driving? Don’t yield any ground when it comes to your legal rights. Retain the best representation possible.
- Kleparek Law Firm: criminal matters, general civil issues, DUI's, immigration, and family law
- St. Johns
- Jackson, Jackson & Hayes: * Adoptions * Business Law * Child Abuse * Child Custody * Civil Law * Collections * Construction Liens * Contracts * Corporate Collections * Corporate Law * Creditor Bankruptcy * Criminal Defense * Divorce * Drunk Driving * Estate Planning * Family Law * Foreclosures * Guardianships * Probate Law * Real Estate
- mietanka, Buckleitner, Steffes & Gezon: ... tart with our Constitution and its Bill of Rights, and then travel the streets and fields of our magnificent and contradictory country, reading it and rereading it along the way.
- Dewey, Garner: Personal Injury Insurance Claims Criminal Law Probate Divorce Bankruptcy Traffic Law Construction Law Fire Loss Landlord/Tenant Family Law
- Miel & Carr: Why you should (politely) refuse a preliminary breath test (PBT). by Josh Blanchard In most states, it is common for the police to request that you submit to a preliminary breath test during the course of a drunk driving “investigation”. In Michigan, most people are best advised to refuse the test. What is a preliminary breath test (PBT)? A PBT is a small handheld device that attempts to measure blood alcohol content by measuring the alcohol contained in your breath as you exhale into the PBT. To do this, most PBTs make use of a fuel cell that oxidizes the alcohol in your breath as it passes over the fuel cell. This oxidation process alters the electrical current flowing through the device and it attempts to calculate your blood alcohol content based on this change in electrical current. Generally speaking, the results of a PBT are not admissible to prove the amount of alcohol in one’s body in a trial for driving under the influence.
- Sterling Heights
- Suttons Bay
- Saffell, James: driving under the influence; domestic violence; assault and other serious felonies.
- Sylvan Lake
- Schimers, Bo:
The Law Offices of Bo Schimers and Associates is a law firm committed to helping families and individuals through legal situations that can impact them on an emotional and financial level. Family law and divorce, personal injury, and driver's license restoration are areas that require extensive education and skills in negotiation and litigation.
- All Legal Solutions:
FIRST TIME OFFENDERS
First time offenders risk losing their license for 30 days, with an additional 150 days restricted driving privileges. If a plea to impaired driving is agreed upon with the prosecutor, the driver’s license is not suspended at all, but it is restricted for 90 days. This is a “carrot and stick” approach used by the State of Michigan to convince first time offenders to plead guilty to impaired, which qualifies as a drunk driving conviction. If a motorist receives a suspension for a drunk driving conviction, a reinstatement fee is required, but there are no difficult steps to reinstating driving privileges.
- Traverse City
- Stein, Erik: criminal defense, wills and trust, small business law, real estate law, and environmental and administrative law
- Gergely Law Office: * Family law. We handle marriage dissolution, child custody, parenting time, visitation, child support, spousal support/alimony, property division, adoption, and domestic violence. * Divorce. We have handled hundreds of divorce cases and use a unique value-billing approach so that we bill only for specific services provided. * Personal injury. We are experienced in handling injuries resulting from auto accidents, pedestrian accidents, slip and falls, trip and falls, dog bites, medical malpractice, defective products, and workplace/construction site accidents. In addition we are well-versed in no fault insurance and underinsured/uninsured motorist claims. * Auto accidents. We handle car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, moped and pedestrian accidents, farm machinery accidents, and semi truck/18-wheeler/tractor trailer accidents. * Criminal defense * Estate planning and probate
- Walled Lake
- Darin Law:
Traffic tickets can significantly raise your insurance rates, and you could potentially get your license suspended with enough points on your record. It’s important to fight every traffic ticket since each ticket on your record has an impact.
Regardless of how insignificant your citation may seem at the time, it is always worth your while to consult an attorney to avoid higher fees and penalties down the road. A traffic ticket lawyer can use knowledge of the law and legal processes to resolve your case in an efficient manner.
- Sidney Suo: The adage that "a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client" is the product of years of experience. Often it is easier and far less expensive for the client to employ an attorney to prevent a problem than the cost of having an attorney resolve the problem. Since most attorneys offer an initial consultation for nominal charge, often without charge, before deciding if you should employ an attorney, call and ask what the possible attorney fee may be to assist you. If you know the law as well as the opposition and believe you are able to negotiate without the burden of emotion, perhaps you can handle the matter without an attorney. If, as most people, you have not been involved in an accident, purchased a home, involved in a failing marriage or required to go to court, you probably will be opposed by a person who knows far more than you.
- White, Robert:
Unfortunately, when you are accused of a criminal offense you cannot expect that justice will be the final result of your case. Justice is achieved so far as it is earned through hard work, attention to detail and effective advocacy. Too often it is assumed that the police and/or prosecution are presenting the "truth" and the accused is somehow guilty.
Although the Constitution promises that you are "presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt", that concept is commonly ignored. As one of our clients you have our commitment to advance and protect your rights, even when facing a hostile and indifferent system.
- Elias Escobedo: Drunk Driving convictions come with stiff penalties such as large fines, jail time, and criminal records that will impact you for the rest of your life. These penalties become much stiffer when a Drunk Driving Accident was involved. If you are charged with a Drunk Driving offense including DUI, DWI, OWI, or OUI, you can't afford not to have an experienced, qualified, aggressive, Drunk Driving Defense Lawyer to ensure you receive the full protection afforded you under the law.
- Todd Fox: Being arrested and charged with a crime is a frightening experience.
- William Kueffner:
The defense attorney's starting point is to gather as much information
about the facts of a case as possible. This starts with obtaining
copies of all police reports and other documents generated by law
enforcement relative to the case. In some cases the police have made
audio or video tapes of parts of the arrest, testing or booking
procedure. These are also "discoverable" by the defense, meaning that
the defense attorney has the right to obtain copies of such tapes. And
of course, the attorney will want to discuss the facts of the case with
the client in great detail. There are often areas where the client's
description of what happened differs from the account contained in the
police reports. It is essential for the attorney to identify the areas
where the client agrees with the police reports and those areas where
the client disagrees with the content of the reports. The attorney also
must go through all the police reports and related documents carefully
to look for areas where the documents might show that the police failed
to follow all the correct procedures.
- West Bloomfield
- Michigan Legal Team:
In Michigan, driving while impaired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs (even prescribed medications) has stiff penalties and other serious consequences.
Drunk driving charges are classified in different categories based on circumstances, such as ‘‘operating while impaired’’ (OWI), ‘‘operating under the influence of intoxicating liquor’’ (OUIL) or DUI, ‘‘driving under the influence.’’
If you are convicted of an OWI offense, you will have court costs and fines, which vary depending on whether the charge is a first, second or third offense. Among other consequences, you may lose your driver’s license or serve a jail sentence, either of which curtails your freedom and your ability to earn a living.
- Donelson Law Group:
Practicing Family Law
Facing Assault Charges?
Defending Drug Crimes
Criminal Defense: Felonies and Misdemeanors
Probation Violation Defense
- Levi, Robert:
The outcome of your DUI case largely depends on the type of representation that you have.
- Shon & Schwartz: Probation Violation: Violations of probation do not carry the usual criminal burden of proof of beyond a reasonable doubt. The burden of proof is far lower for the probation department and the regular criminal rules of evidence do not apply.
- Weiss, Ronald: Mention DUI Defenders and get up to 10% discount. (Some firms may not honor this offer)
- White Cloud
- Kozma Law Office:
Criminal Law Family Law
Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC)
Assault and Battery
Friend of Court Hearings
Probate Real Estate
Power of Attorney
Real Estate Litigation
Driver License Restoration
Implied Consent hearings
Appellate Court cases
No Fault Claims
- White Lake
- Trainor, Christopher: Michigan DUI FAQs Q. How much alcohol does it take to impair someone's driving capabilities? A. This generally varies from person to person. Several factors can determine how many drinks it would take for a person to become unable to properly operate a vehicle, including the amount of alcoholic beverages consumed, their alcoholic content, the length of time that the person has been drinking, the person's weight, and whether or not a person has been drinking on an empty stomach. Q. What is Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)? A. Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is the percentage of alcohol present in a person's blood stream. The illegal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level varies from state to state, but is generally around .05 percent to .08 percent, or two to three drinks. Q. How much does a DUI cost? A. DUI costs for a first offense have been estimated to be upwards of $5,540, not including attorney fees or lost wages. The cost of a DUI is made up mostly of fines, impoundment fees, DMV reissue fees, DUI treatment programs, insurance increases, and restitution funds. Q. What are the penalties for a DUI? A. Upon being convicted of a DUI, a person is subject to a variety of fees, jail time and community service, enrollment in a DUI treatment program, and a driver's license suspension. The extent of these penalties varies from state to state and whether or not a person has been previously convicted of a DUI. Q. What happens if an officer does not show up to the initial court date for a DUI hearing? Will it be dismissed? A. A DUI is a misdemeanor, not a traffic violation, and therefore cannot be dismissed for the failure of the arresting officer to show up to a court date. The initial court date is an arraignment and the officer will generally not be present. The police officer will most likely be present for the trial, but is not obligated to do so.
- Barrnett, Justin: Auto/Trucking Accident Business Law Child Custody Civil Litigation Collection Consumer Protection Law Contract Criminal Law Divorce Drivers License Restoration Drunk Driving (DUI/DWI) Estate Planning Family Law Gaming Law General Practice Juvenile Law Landlord and Tenant Lemon Law Personal Injury Probate Products Liability Professional Malpractice Property Law Sexual Harassment Sports Law Wills and Trusts Worker's Compensation Wrongful Death
- Repasky, Blaise:
How Do You Beat An OWI Charge?
There are many effective strategies for overcoming an OWI charge, including:
Questioning the validity of the original stop (Did the police have a valid reason to pull you over?)
Questioning whether the Breathalyzer is functioning properly
Questioning whether the officer was properly trained on using the Breathalyzer
- Leimback, Kelly: criminal cases, including but not limited to drunk driving, alcohol and drug offenses, domestic violence, driving while license suspended and retail fraud
- Tevlin, Joseph:
70% Criminal Defense
30% DUI / DWI
- Bartkus Law Firm: * BANKRUPTCY (Chapter 7 and Chapter 13) * CRIMINAL LAW (Felonies and Misdemeanors) * DIVORCE ( Contested and Uncontested) * ESTATE PLANNING ( Wills and Trusts) * PROBATE (Formal and Informal) * REAL ESTATE LAW (Land Contracts, Deeds)
- Hampel Law Center: Legal Defense Against DUI Charges in Michigan In a DUI or an OWI, even if you believe that an attorney cannot help you, it is wise to at least meet with an experienced drunk driving lawyer in a free consultation. A skilled DUI lawyer may be able to question and perhaps exclude some of the evidence that has been gathered against you. In some situations, your case might even be dismissed. Additionally, a lawyer can sometimes negotiate a plea bargain or a reduced sentence that minimizes the consequences of a conviction. A lawyer may be able to succeed in preventing a license suspension or in securing you a temporary license. Without the support of a knowledgeable DUI lawyer, you could get the maximum penalty. You won't even know that there are other options
- James Sullivan: You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation.
- Vincent & Fifelski: Criminal Defense Drunk Driving Defense Defense of Felonies and Misdemeanors
- Bailey, John: DUI charges Driving under the influence or while impaired—often known as DUI or DWI—is called operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Michigan. From the moment you turn the key in the ignition, you can be charged with the following: * Operating while visibly impaired (OWVI) by alcohol, drugs, or prescriptions * Operating while intoxicated (OWI) with a bodily alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or more * Operating with any presence of a Schedule 1 drug or cocaine * Under age 21 operating with any bodily alcohol content (BAC) Michigan law imposes a mandatory six-month driver's license suspension for a first conviction. A driver may be eligible for a restricted license after serving 30 days of the suspension. Our DUI attorney helps you obtain your temporary license and represents you in the defense of your criminal charges.
- June, Robert: * ERISA * Consumer Protection * Criminal * Family
- McLain & Winters: If you’•‡•‡ve been arrested for OWI / DUI, for instance, the potential sanctions•may vary.• Jail•is not normally•mandated for your first drunk driving offense, but judges•may sentence you to jail under some circumstances.
- Michigan A-M