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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.

Washtenaw County Michigan DUI Probation Terms

yay-10091014 (1).jpgIf you are convicted of a first offense, misdemeanor DUI in Washtenaw county, Michigan, you may be sentenced to probation in lieu of serving jail time. I have found that most judges in Washtenaw county are most concerned with imposing sentences designed to help you avoid future DUI arrests and convictions. Judges in other Michigan counties may sentence you to jail time, even if it is your first DUI conviction.

Affluenza in Washington - Does the Crime Fit the Time?

Judge-Gavel-3083812.jpgShaun Goodman, a Washington State resident, was recently sentenced to one week of work release after being convicted of drinking and driving for the 7th time. Goodman was arrested back in December 2013 for driving 100 mph throughout downtown Olympia, Washington. Goodman crashed into two cars and a house before being apprehended by the police by force.

You Violated Your Bond Conditions, Now What?

You've been arrested, charged with a misdemeanor or felony crime. At arraignment, the judge gave you some bond conditions - i.e., don't drink alcohol; don't drive on a suspended license, etc. You violated one of the bond conditions. You are still waiting for your pretrial and/or sentencing hearing. What will the prosecutor or judge think or do?