A DUI is a serious offense, yet many respectable, responsible people find themselves facing this charge. Many folks happen upon a DUI charge innocently, without ill intent. Perhaps they have a few drinks while celebrating at a wedding or a cocktail party and while driving home are pulled over by police. After a failed sobriety test or a breath alcohol level over .08%, you will be arrested for driving under the influence.
Do Not Face DUI Charges without Help
Whether this is your first DUI or fifth, you will most likely feel frightened and have a good number of questions and concerns. The best advice we can offer is to not face these charges without the help of experienced and effective lawyers. Enlisting the help of an experienced and professional legal team can be one of the wisest investments you will ever make.
Will I Serve Jail Time? DUI Defense
If you stand accused of DUI charges, the questions most likely to be on your mind is, will I serve jail time? The answer is…it depends. Jail time used to be unheard of for a first offense; however, an increasing number of courts are starting to impose jail even for an defendant’s first offense. For second and third time offenders, a minimum of three or four months is not uncommon without top legal represenation. Some jurisdictions are more flexible than others, some prosecutors more aggressive and others less forceful. Your driving record, criminal record, and any aggravating or mitigating factors will influence the severity of the sentence as well.
While anything is on the table, you can expect a suspension of your driver’s license and a hefty fine for your first DUI charge and a revocation of your license for a second or subsequent offense. Additionally, you may be ordered to complete alcohol education, therapy, community service, testing, support groups and more.
Whenever your freedom is at stake, it is advisable to enlist the services of a reputable legal team to represent you in a court of law. If your blood alcohol level was relatively high or there are witnesses to attest to your inebriated state at the time of arrest, your defense will need to be as strong as possible.
We Have Helped Many in their DUI Defense in Michigan
LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. is an aggressive Michigan-based legal firm that has represented countless clients facing DUI charges, successfully helping their clients navigate a complex legal system and in many cases, receive a far less severe sentence. In many cases, we have been able to achieve outright dismissals of DUI charges or get the charges reduced to non-alcohol related offenses. If you’ve been charged, do not hesitate to call us today at 248-263-6800.