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August 2014 Archives

Appealing a Michigan DUI

appeal drunk driving in court(1).jpegIn Michigan, a criminal defendant has a right to appeal after a conviction. This applies to all offenses including those related to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This right generally applies if the case actually goes to trial. If you accepted a plea deal, you will ordinarily have waived any automatic appeal rights and must request leave (permission) to appeal.

Community Service: Alternative Sentencing for A Michigan Impaired-Driving Charge

Judgment-3159831 (1).jpgDriving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a widespread problem in Michigan and all across the United States. It results in catastrophic injuries and loss of lives as well as costly property damage. For Michigan, it is estimated that almost one-third of all traffic deaths are caused by alcohol-related crashes. Consuming even a single drink makes a driver more prone to accidents.

Public Defender vs. Private Attorney - Which one is better?

lawyers-courtroom.jpegWhen charged with a DUI, you may be wondering if you should hire a private attorney or public defender to defend the charge(s) asserted against you. I strongly recommend you review the public defender's qualifications as well as the private attorney prior to selecting counsel. Read on to learn more. 

SCOTUS DUI Machine Ruling - Breathalyzer Machines Are Generally Accurate

Thumbnail image for breathalyzerThe Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) recently rejected a motorist's challenge to the reliability of the machine used in California to test the blood alcohol content (BAC) of drivers. The justices denied review of a state Superior Court ruling that concluded that the machines are accurate and can be used to determine if whether a driver's BAC was over the legal limit of .08%.

Back to School Drunk Driving Prevention

yay-3232801.jpgGoing back to college to complete another year of study is an exciting time for most students. With welcome back festivities, you will likely run into situations that involve consuming alcohol. If you plan to participate in back to school festivities such as joining a fraternity/sorority or attending homecoming, I strongly recommend you take precautionary steps to ensure that you do not drink and drive. Read on to learn more.

Drunk Driving False Arrest - Lack of Probable Cause

031980412-police-officer-arresting-young.jpegIf you believe you have been falsely arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, you should contact a drunk driving criminal defense attorney immediately. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for individuals to be taken into custody for the suspicion of allegedly operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, or a controlled substance. Though some individuals may be intoxicated, some police officers routinely falsely arrest people for driving drunk.