Michigan presentation on drunk driving defense presented in the Third Circuit Court in Detroit, Michigan before criminal defense lawyers, judges and prosecutors. Visit our drunk driving videos section to view the entire seminar as well as the more recent drugged driving seminar. One of our prior clients watched these videos and said, "I'm actually not guilty based upon what you said in these videos." It took a little bit of effort, but a jury in Lansing agreed.
Legislative Update: HB 5785
SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 - HB 5785 was proposed on September 9, 2014, and it is expected to pass as early as next Tuesday. This legislation is being rushed through the process without any media exposure. It proposes to "fix" the Michigan Supreme Court decision in People v Cunningham, 496 Mich 145 (2014) which held that court costs could not be imposed for general court funding. This is bad legislation that stands to erode confidence in the judiciary, jeopardizing the presumption of innocence to generate government revenue.
I vehemently and adamantly oppose HB 5785 and its Senate counterpart that was only proposed yesterday (SB 1054). This law will pressure judges to find a person guilty in order to fund the courts. The presumption of innocence is sacrosanct, and this bill is antithetical to that principle. "Better that ten guilty persons escape than one innocent suffer" is central to our nation's libertarian spirit. The presumption of innocence is a cornerstone of American jurisprudence, and it was never intended to provide easy or expedient answers, especially for revenue-funding dilemmas. Imagine if jurors were instructed that they would only receive payment for serving if the defendant was found guilty.
A Michigan Drunk Driving Charge is Serious!
A Michigan drunk driving charge is very serious. You must treat this charge as potentially life-changing. Many lawyers make a great deal of money on these cases by pleading people guilty to the offense of "operating while visibly impaired" (OWVI) without ever exploring a defense. An OWVI counts as a drunk driving conviction, and a Michigan drunk driving conviction can:
- Result in a jail term or imprisonment
- Loss of driving privileges and automobile forfeiture
- Collateral consequences on professional and occupational licenses
- Steep fines, costs, and driver responsibility fees
- Probation, community service, and work programs
- A Michigan drunk driving conviction cannot be expunged, set aside, or taken under advisement. A lot of people think that the courts simply want their money. No, to the contrary, the courts and the prosecutors demand money and a whole lot more.
A drunk driving charge is one of the most serious crimes that an ordinary everyday person might face in a lifetime, and most of our clients have never faced a criminal charge. Drunk driving cases are also some of the most complicated offenses for a criminal defense lawyer to handle, with an emphasis on scientific and highly technical defenses. But the good news is that these cases can be won, and you've been lucky enough to stumble across a law firm that has focused on drunk driving defense for over a decade and a half. With years of training and experience in field sobriety testing, breath testing, urine analysis, and blood testing, you have found one of Michigan's leading drunk driving defense firms. Call us right now so we can put our experience, training, and knowledge to work for you!
Were You Arrested for a Michigan Drunk Driving but Released?
If you were arrested by the police but released the next morning from jail without a court date, you need to review this information!
- If you intend to protect your rights, you need to obtain videos from the police within 30 days before these materials are recycled.
- In the case of an OWI blood draw, you may be required to submit paperwork to the Secretary of State within 14 days to save your license.
- OWI 2nd and OWI 3rd charges may take months to file, but you must act now to protect your rights.
- "Super Drunk" and "Child Endangerment" charges may also take several weeks for a prosecutor to authorize.
- "Drugged Driving" charges may take over a year before charges are filed, but you cannot afford to wait until then under any circumstance.
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