DUI Quick Start from a Michigan Attorney
If you are facing a drunk driving charge and are looking for a Michigan DUI lawyer, you want information right away. In the following sections, we’ll examine the realities of a Detroit-area DUI charge and how drunk driving cases work in the real world, because that's where your case is going to be handled. When you're looking to hire a lawyer and have questions, call my office, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. All consultations are done over the phone, right when you call, and are completely confidential.Making the Call
When you call, I’ll have questions, too: Where were you arrested? What is your charge? What happened? When did it happen? Did you take a breath test? If so, what were the results? I'll want to know as much as you can tell me about what was going on before, during and after your arrest.Where is your Case?
I handle DUI cases in all the district and circuit courts of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and surrounding counties. My extensive experience as an attorney handling DUI cases in these Detroit-area Courts enables me to give you accurate information about what will happen and what I can do to make things better.Meeting with the Attorney
When we meet, we'll go every relevant detail of your Michigan DUI charge. I'll make sure that you leave my office understanding how things work in the court where your case is pending, what you're realistically facing, and what I’ll be doing to get your case dismissed, or negotiated to a lesser offense in order to avoid as many of the negative consequences as possible.Handling Your Case
First, I must get the evidence, including the police report and any police in-car video. Some of the things that can make a Michigan DUI charge go away aren't obvious, and I will meticulously search for them. Every part of the case, from the initial police contact, through the breath or blood test results, must be carefully examined. DUI cases aren’t won by accident. As a Detroit DUI lawyer, I understand both the nuances of the law, and the science behind the evidence. This enables me to make a critical evaluation of everything from how the police officer tested you on the road to whether the machine that analyzed your breath or blood sample got it right. Problems with the evidence at any point can render it inadmissible or unreliable, and must be used to your fullest advantage.Arraignment
In most drunk driving cases, I can spare you from having to go to court for the first proceeding, called an “arraignment," where you're advised of the charge against you and a bond is set. My office will file papers with the court so that you don't have to go, meaning that you can wait to go to court with me for the first substantive proceeding, called a “pre-trial.”Pretrial
At the pre-trial conference, I meet with the prosecutor and we discuss the case. First, I look for a way to get the case dismissed. With my extensive experience with Michigan DUI cases, I know how to successfully challenge improper evidence, and I also know how to figure out if it is good enough to withstand a legal challenge. The truth is that most cases are not screwed up badly enough to get them tossed out of court, and in these, far more common situations, I will negotiate with the prosecuting attorney to get your charge(s) reduced and otherwise get some real relief from the penalties you are facing.Mandatory Alcohol Screening
The most important aspect of a Michigan DUI case is the legal requirement that a person convicted of an alcohol-related traffic offense must undergo a mandatory alcohol evaluation. This means that prior to being sentenced by the Judge, you will have an appointment with the court’s probation department, where you will be interviewed and take a written alcohol screening test about your drinking habits and history. Every answer you give has a point value, and the test is scored numerically As results go, the higher your score, the more likely you are seen to have or be at risk to develop a drinking problem. Obviously, the lower your score, the better
Here, I can help you more than any other DUI lawyer. I have extensive clinical training, having completed a post-graduate program of addiction studies that focused on the development, diagnosis and treatment of alcohol problems. I know exactly how an alcohol evaluation test works, and how each answer is interpreted, or "scored,” providing an unmatched advantage to you before you provide answers to an alcohol screening test that will have the more impact on what happens to you than any other part of your case.
The simple equation here is that good test results mean good outcomes at your sentencing. Anything less than the best possible test results, however, can get you stuck in needless counseling or even rehab. Avoiding as much of this as possible is your biggest priority, and I can help you, more than anyone, do that better.The Sentencing Recommendation
The end result of the alcohol screening test and the probation interview is a written sentencing recommendation that is prepared by the probation officer who conducted your interview. This recommendation is required by law, and is sent to the Judge for him or her to read prior to your sentencing. The written recommendation advises the Judge what terms and conditions (including classes, counseling and/or rehab) to order for you. In other words, it tells the Judge what to do to you.
It is extremely important that you are thoroughly prepared for the alcohol screening test and probation interview. Make no mistake about it, the sentencing recommendation is really the "blueprint” for what the Judge exactly will do to you. In the real world, every single Judge out there follows the probation officer's sentencing recommendation very closely, if not to the very letter.Sentencing
At the sentencing the Judge first reads the recommendation, listens to your lawyer, then you, and finally says you must you do certain things, and not others. Sentencing is where you stand in front of the Judge to find out what is going to happen to you, where all the consequences we've been talking about are handed down - or not. Unless your case gets dismissed for some reason along the way, we will have been working toward this moment from our very first meeting.
When all is said and done, success in a Michigan DUI case is mostly determined by what does not happen to you. Here, less is always more. I will make sure everything goes smoothly, and that we avoid as many of the potential negative consequences as possible in your case.Fees
My Fee schedule is for Drunk Driving cases is listed below:
- First Offense DUI: $3200.
- Second Offense Drunk Driving: $4200.
- Third Offense (Felony) Drunk Driving: From $6900.