Drunk Driving – DUI Defense Attorney
If you have been charged with A Drunk Driving offense it’s important to remember it does not mean you have been convicted; do not just plead guilty or give up hope. At Criminal Legal Services our attorneys are experienced in defending drunk driving cases.
The potential penalties for a conviction, even if it’s a first offense can be extremely serious. It is crucial to know what you have been charged with and the potential penalties for that charge. Having the right attorney can make all the difference and our attorneys have obtained outstanding results for our clients. There are a number of legal defenses and ways to defend drunk driving charges, it’s even possible to defeat a drunk driving case.
When a client obtains a DUI, the first thing our attorneys will do is determine whether there was any constitutional violations or any other basis to have the case dismissed.
Next, our major concern is keeping our clients out of jail, allowing them to keep their licenses and making the process as painless as possible. Our lawyers will examine the entire police file, review all the videos, interview all the witnesses, and determine whether they feel the case can be dismissed or won at trial. Our attorneys will then provide their clients with their recommendations related to their case.
In the situation your case is best suited for a plea bargain, our attorneys will negotiate with the prosecutor with the focus of keeping you out of jail, keeping your drivers license, and getting the charges reduced to a lower offense. Every case is different, however our attorneys have had enormous success in keeping our clients out of jail.
Types of Michigan Drunk Driving Offenses
There are various types of drunk driving offenses in Michigan. It is important to know what you have been charged with and the potential penalties for the charge. In general the most common charges are:
- Operating While Intoxicated (OWI / DWI / OUI / DUI)
- Operating While Visibly Impaired (OWVI)
- Operating While Intoxicated Drugs (OWID / OWPD)
- Operating While Intoxicated – Minor (Zero Tolerance)
- Operating While Intoxicated – Child Endangerment
- Operating While Intoxicated – Causing Serious Injury
- Operating While Intoxicated – Causing Death
- Open Intoxicant
- Super Drunk – High BAC
- Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) Refusal
- BAC DataMaster Refusal
“Super Drunk” / High BAC Law
“Super Drunk” drivers, if convicted, face stiffer penalties, including a mandatory one-year interlock, higher costs and fines, and more jail time. Super Drunk or High BAC mean the alcohol level in your body was at or above 0.17.
Some think the deck is stacked against them in a DUI case. However there are a number of legal defenses and it’s even possible to defeat a DUI case. Some of these defenses include no probable cause for the stop, PBT is inadmissible, your chemical test rights were not read, and a faulty or inaccurate machine. Read more about the possible DUI Defenses.
Michigan MCL 257.625
Operating motor vehicle while intoxicated; operating motor vehicle when visibly impaired; penalties for causing death or serious impairment of a body function; operation of motor vehicle by person less than 21 years of age; requirements; controlled substances; costs; enhanced sentence; guilty plea or nolo contendere; establishment of prior conviction; special verdict; public record; burden of proving religious service or ceremony; ignition interlock device; “prior conviction” defined.
(1) A person, whether licensed or not, shall not operate a vehicle upon a highway or other place open to the general public or generally accessible to motor vehicles, including an area designated for the parking of vehicles, within this state if the person is operating while intoxicated. As used in this section, “operating while intoxicated” means any of the following… See full Michigan MCL 257.625
Experienced DUI Attorney
Our attorneys specialize in defending drunk driving cases throughout Michigan and have obtained outstanding results for our clients. If you have been charged with a drunk driving offense contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced DUI attorney. Having the right attorney can make all the difference.
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At Criminal Legal Services, we are committed to the belief that every individual is entitled to a top-rate DUI defense attorney and we feel that costs should never prevent that. Accordingly, we offer affordable flat-rates and payment plans to accommodate most any budget.
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