drunk driving attorneys with a combined 35+ years experience

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arrested for drunk driving? Here's what you need to do...

First, take a deep breath. Although a humiliating experience, being arrested is likely the only time you will be in jail, unless it is not your first DUI offense or there are other extenuating circumstances. 


Second, do not talk about the case with anybody. Do not talk about what happened that night, how much you may have had to drink, or anything else. 


Third, contact a qualified DUI attorney as soon as possible. . Never use a general attorney for DUI court cases. DUI laws are complex and require an in-depth understanding of the legal system in a very specific regard. While other attorneys may be able to represent you in court, only a specialized DUI attorney can hope to gain you a favorable outcome in your DWI defense.We stand ready to assist you in the case, and have defended many, many persons charged with DUI. Give us a call for a free consultation. 586-979-5000. 

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THERE ARE A LOT OF LAWYERS OUT THERE. WHY HIRE US?

We are dedicated to making sure we provide you with the best legal defense possible. We focus on our clients and their needs from the very beginning of their cases. Obviously, we can’t promise you a result on your case. No one can. But what we do promise is the best efforts of our office at every turn of your case. We have spent years developing relationships with police, court staff, prosecutors, and judges to get out clients the best possible treatment. We promise to bring excellence, experience, empathy, and enthusiasm to every aspect of our practice. We promise compassion and a relentless fight in court on your behalf.  If you’re not convinced – call for your free consultation – come meet us. Then decide.

SOME InFormation ABOUT YOUR DRUNK DRIVING OFFENSE

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DRUNK DRIVING PENALTIES IN MICHIGAN

First Offense:
Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) or Operating With Any Presence of a Schedule 1 Drug or Cocaine (OWPD)

  • $100 to $500 fine and one or more of the following:
    • Up to 93 days in jail.
    • Up to 360 hours of community service.
  • Driver's license suspension for 30 days, followed by license restrictions for 150 days.
  • Possible vehicle immobilization.
  • Possible ignition interlock.
  • Six points added to driving record.
  • Driver Responsibility Fee:
    • $1,000 for 2 consecutive years for OWI.
    • $500 for 2 consecutive years for OWPD.

High Blood Alcohol Content (BAC of .17 or higher). This is one of the operating while intoxicated crimes, but it has harsher consequences.

  • One or more of the following:
    • Up to 180 days in jail.
    • $200 to $700 fine.
    • Up to 360 hours of community service.
  • Driver's license suspension for 1 year. Eligible for restrictions after 45 days of suspension if an ignition interlock device is installed on all vehicles the offender owns or intends to operate.
  • Possible metal license plate confiscation if the offender operates a vehicle without a properly installed ignition interlock device.
  • Mandatory vehicle immobilization if the offense is subsequently convicted for operating a vehicle without a properly installed ignition interlock device.
  • 6 points added to the offender's driving record

Operating While Visibly Impaired

  • Up to a $300 fine, and one or more of the following:
    • Up to 93 days in jail.
    • Up to 360 hours of community service.
  • Driver's license restrictions for 90 days (180 days if impaired by a controlled substance).
  • Possible vehicle immobilization.
  • 4 points added to the offender's driving record.


Second Offense within 7 Years (any combination):
Operating While Intoxicated

  • $200 to $1000 fine, and one or more of the following:
    • 5 days to 1 year in jail.
    • 30 to 90 days of community service
  • Driver's license revocation and denial for a minimum of 1 year (minimum of 5 years if there was a prior revocation within 7 years).
  • License plate confiscation.
  • Vehicle immobilization for 90 to 180 days, unless the vehicle is forfeited.
  • Possible vehicle forfeiture.
  • 6 points added to the offender's driving record.


Operating While Visibly Impaired

  • $200 to $1,000 fine, and one or more of the following:
    • 5 days to 1 year in jail.
    • 30 to 90 days of community service.
  • Driver's license revocation and denial for a minimum of 1 year (minimum of 5 years if there was a prior revocation within 7 years).
  • License plate confiscation.
  • Vehicle immobilization for 90 to 180 days unless the vehicle is forfeited.
  • Possible vehicle forfeiture.
  • 4 points added to the offender's driving record.


Third Offense Within Lifetime (any combination) is a Felony
Operating While Intoxicated

  • $500 to $5,000 fine, and either of the following:
    • 1 to 5 years imprisonment
    • Probation, with 30 days to 1 year in jail.
  • 60 to 180 days community service.
  • Driver's license revocation and denial if there are 2 convictions within 7 years or 3 convictions within 10 years. The minimum period of revocation and denial is 1 year (minimum of 5 years if there was a prior revocation within 7 years).
  • License plate confiscation.
  • Vehicle immobilization for 1 to 3 years, unless the vehicle is forfeited.
  • Possible vehicle forfeiture.
  • Vehicle registration denial.
  • 6 points added to the offender's driving record.


 

DRUNK DRIVING IN MACOMB COUNtY

Additional Information

Macomb County consists of a number of district courts that handle all misdemeanor drunk driving cases.  If charged with a DUI felony in Macomb County, the case will begin at the district court level then proceed to the circuit court, which is located in downtown Mount Clemens at 40 N.Main Street.  

There were 2,210 DUI arrests in Macomb County in a recent MSP drunk driving audit.  Drunk driving arrest numbers indicate that the Macomb Sheriff made 288 of these arrests, Michigan State Police made 120 DUI arrests, and the rest were made by local police departments.

The Warren, Shelby Township and Sterling Heights courts handled the most DUI cases in the county, and the Warren Police Department made the most arrests (293 of them) with Sterling Heights at 246 DUI arrests. 

Macomb County does have a number of sobriety courts (Warren, Roseville, Romeo and Clinton Township) which are a useful consideration if a client is charged with a second offense.  If you have an old DUI case on your record, you are eligible for a DUI Pardon, but not expungement.  

If charged with a misdemeanor DUI in Macomb County, the charge will either be Impaired Driving,Operating While IntoxicatedSuper Drunk, Operating With Presence of Drugs or Minor BAC Zero Toleranceor with a prior, OWI 2nd Offense or 3rd Offense which would be a felony.

When charged with a drunk driving offense in Macomb County, you're fighting for your survival.  Your freedom, license, career, family reputation and your future are on the line.  

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FAQs - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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WHAT ARE YOUR FEES?

Every case is different and will require a different level of work from your lawyer. An experienced dui attorney will evaluate your case at your free consultation and quote you a fee. This fee will be a flat fee for your entire case, excluding trial. We won’t charge you for trial unless you choose to take your case to trial (since less than 2% of all cases end up at trial, why charge you up front for something we may not do?). Our rates are competitive for the exceptional level of service we provide. You should always have a drunk driving attorney with you at every stage of the case. 

DO you take credit cards or have payment plans?

Yes, the firm absolutely accepts all major credit cards, personal checks, and cash. If you are in need of a payment plan, we may be able to work out one that meets your needs at your free consultation. Expect to be asked to guarantee your payments with a credit card and to put down an initial payment of your total fee.

DO you offer discounts?

Every case is different, and so every fee is different. However – we will routinely give discounts off our services to the following classes of clients: active duty military, younger defendants in trouble for the first time, clients with multiple cases who hire me for all of them, and more! Call us today for your free consultation! We'll do whatever we can to make your fee as easy on you as possible.

SHOULD I EVEN HIRE AN ATTORNEY?

Being charged with any criminal offense is a tremendously frightening thing to go through. For DUIs, you are facing mandatory jail time and loss of driver’s license. Even for minor offenses, you are possibly facing jail time. This is not the time to be brave and try to handle your own problems. This is the time to find an attorney who knows your charges and the courts, and will stand as a shield in front of you. You need someone who can help you navigate this process so that you can hopefully come out with minimal wounds on the other side. Additionally – there is highly technical knowledge you would need to defend yourself – and the odds are you will spend less time and less money hiring someone who already has this knowledge.

AM I GOING TO GO TO JAIL?

Jail time depends largely on the circumstances of your case. Was there property damage?  Was somebody injured? Is it your first offense? Second? Third? What was your blood alcohol level? Any lawyer will tell you that all of these factor into your case. Our clients rarely serve jail time on their first offense or second offense. Our DUI attorneys will instruct you on how to impress the court and obey your bond conditions after your arraignment so that you lessen the chances of becoming incarcerated. 

How do I contact you?

Give us a call at 586-979-5000. 

BOttoM LINE: We have your back. We will defend you.

We are local attorneys to macomb county who have practiced locally in the macomb county courts for a combined 35 years experience.

 

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