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NHTSA Announces That All States Should Require Ignition Interlocks Devices for First-time Drunken Drivers

On December 17, 2013, David Shepardson reported in the Detroit News that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has, "urged all states to require first-time drunken driving offenders to use ignition interlocks that prevent them from operating their vehicles after drinking."  He continues:

Sobriety Checkpoints in Michigan

Michigan Sobriety Checkpoints DUI Drunk Driving
Every year around the holidays, a Michigan news story will inevitably announce that police intend to employ sobriety checkpoints to put the kibosh on holiday revelers.  Sobriety checkpoints, which have been repeatedly proven to be ineffective, are illegal in Michigan.  
 

Westland is Cooking the Books! Police Officer Salaries Wildly Inflated to Impose Unlawful Tax Gets Judicial Approval

From a real case heard today before Judge Sandra Cicirelli on October 24, 2013.  She held that dispatch operators are earning $88,000.00 a year.  Westland police officers working road patrol are making $130,000.00.  The police lieutenants are supposedly earning a whopping $180,000.00!  Prosecutor Michael M. McNamara refused to present live testimony, and Judge Cicirelli held that the fees assessed against my client today were reasonable because Mr. McNamara had argued in his brief that his road patrol officers earn more than $68.00 an hour.  Really?  Read on...  

 

77 Day Rule In Michigan Drunk Driving DUI Cases

I get a lot of questions about the “77 Day Rule” from folks charged with a DUI. This mysterious rule that is rumored to exist inspires people to hope that a drunk driving charge will simply disappear, and they can move on with their lives. The truth is that I still field questions about this archaic rule from practicing lawyers.

The 77 Day Rule does exist, but it does not help win DUI cases. To the contrary, it is used as a weapon to hurt a person’s ability to defend a drunk driving case.

How to Obtain Your Own Arrest Report and Drunk Driving Case Information

If you are looking to obtain information about an arrest, traffic stop, or a drunk driving case, you have a powerful tool available in Michigan.  This tool is called the "Freedom of Information Act," and you can use it to help yourself to a wealth of information with minimal effort and nominal costs.

Appeal Overturns 16th District Court Discovery Policies

For years, we have challenged the 16th District Court policy regarding reciprocal discovery.  The Livonia District Court has improperly compelled criminal defendants to provide discovery in criminal misdemeanor cases, even though the law is clear and unambiguous.  Every time that this issue has surfaced, we have argued the law, cited the court rules, statutes, and the legal decisions, and the Livonia district court judges have ignored our arguments.  
 

FOIA Appeal Brief Against the City of Dearborn

It's a dirty little secret, but I have a strong background in civil litigation and still take the occasional case.  The other lawyers I work with tend to handle the family law cases, divorces, personal injury, etc., but I used to handle the big breach of contract claims involving subcontractors to the automotive industry where hundreds of pages of interrogatories and endless days of depositions are commonplace.  
 

NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Test Training Course October 17-19

SFST Training Course Oct 17-19, 2012

The Darrow criminal defense lawyers organization is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring a NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Test training event on October 17, 18, and 19, 2012.  This intensive three-day course is being hosted at Northwood University in Livonia, Michigan.  The course will be presented by Tony Corroto and William Maze.  The student/practitioner will receive the same training that law enforcement officers receive throughout the nation in the most up to date National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's DUI Detection and SFST course.