Don't hire another lawyer when that person's best plan is to plead you guilty. William Maze is a nationally published author in drunk driving defense. He lectures on DUI defense, and he has extensive training, specialized knowledge, and--most important--jury trial experience.
All lawyers are not equal, and this is especially true when it comes to a DUI charge. You need an attorney who knows and understands field sobriety tests, how breath testing machines work and their weaknesses, and the science of blood analysis in drunk driving cases.
A Michigan drunk driving charge is very serious. You must treat this charge as potentially life-changing. A Michigan drunk driving conviction can:
Starting on your case early is only one critical step that many attorneys miss. In many instances, attorneys don't know what to look for in a DUI case. Videos from the police car and from the police station are never sought, even though videos are clearly critical for the defense. Obtaining videos is expensive, and attorneys are frequently afraid that the video evidence will confirm the police officer's report. Some lawyers even suggest that the police will destroy these tapes if they are helpful. Nonsense! We sue police departments when we don't get our evidence, and we have had those departments pay tens of thousands of dollars in attorney fees after turning over those videos.
Videos from the police station, along with audio, photographs, and various documents pertaining to the chemical testing frequently reveal mistakes, omissions, and signs of sobriety that officer's leave out of reports. Computer records and GPS data can reveal shocking information to impeach an officer. These materials must be requested and properly reviewed or you are waiving many potential defenses.
Mr. Maze has developed successful, aggressive methods to obtain the necessary information to help you fight your case. After a complete and through review, motions, evidentiary challenges and possibly a jury trial may be options that you need to explore. Unless your attorney understands the underlying law and science surrounding drunk driving, you cannot adequately explore the options available to you.