An OWI Attorney Can Be Both Affordable and Capable
Your life, family, driver’s license, and future are important. Do not be sold out by the lowest bidder. If you are going to hire a lawyer to defend and protect you, make sure you hire the best person for the job.
Budget Price, General Practice Lawyers Provide Incompetent Legal Representation
There are many examples of cases where an incompetent attorney failed to provide competent representation. A recent decision from the Michigan Court of Appeals serves as a striking example of how Michigan appellate courts will bend over backward to uphold a conviction, even if the attorney was useless. This case demonstrates how important it is to hire a good, aggressive, and effective criminal defense lawyer because there will be no second chances. There are affordable OWI attorneys who are skilled, experienced, and effective in court.
In the recent case of People v. Kequieantia Montgomery, Mr. Montgomery was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony (AKA Felony Firearm). The incident took place in Oakland County, Michigan.
According to the Court of Appeal’s decision, the defendant shot two individuals but told police that he shot them in self-defense. The defense lawyer failed to object to legally inadmissible evidence during the trial. Essentially, the lawyer sat quietly while the prosecutor ran roughshod over his client. Had this individual hired an experienced, yet affordable OWI attorney, the result of his case would likely have been different.
Ineffective Assistance of Counsel
The burden for ineffective assistance of counsel is high. Essentially, the defendant must prove that the lawyer’s performance was below an objective standard of reasonableness and that there is a reasonable probability that there would have been an acquittal if the lawyer had not made the alleged mistake or error at trial. There is a strong legal presumption that any “irregularities” in the lawyer’s performance were intentional and a matter of “trial strategy.”
The Court of Appeals agreed that the defense lawyer made major mistakes; however, the Court affirmed the conviction and found that any errors probably did not affect the outcome of the trial. In other words, the conviction stood because the Court of Appeals found that despite considerable and profound errors of the defense attorney, it just doesn’t matter. The Court of Appeals concluded its written opinion by finding that the conviction should stand because the Court could not conclude that the defendant was innocent.
The moral of the story is if a criminal defense attorney is necessary, you should hire the best attorney you can find. The best criminal defense attorney will be one with a dedicated defense practice, part of a collaborating team of attorneys, and has a track record of successfully representing clients for decades.
The Impact of OWI and DUI Convictions
Many people believe that a first offense of Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs is not serious enough to invest in a good attorney. Failing to hire a top, affordable OWI attorney would be a huge mistake. A criminal conviction for a misdemeanor or felony can be life-changing in a negative way. Not to mention the possibility of jail time, a defendant faces serious financial consequences, loss of reputation, loss of earning capacity, and countless other terms and conditions of probation. An OWI, DUI, or similar offense conviction can never be expunged and will remain on the defendant’s criminal history forever. A felony charge carries even more severe potential consequences. Don’t take these matters likely and make sure you, your family, and your future are protected. An affordable OWI attorney who has extensive experience and a reputation as a zealous advocate will take steps to reduce the direct and indirect consequences of a conviction.
Every Case is Defensible – Even with an Affordable OWI Attorn
Alcohol and drug-related charges are defensible in multiple ways. Legal, constitutional, medical, scientific, and factual defenses can be used to get charges reduced or dismissed and convince a judge that a lenient sentence is appropriate. While prosecutors and over-zealous judges frequently demand incarceration in these cases, a persuasive, affordable OWI defense attorney will fight to convince a court to consider treatment and other rehabilitative measures.
“Can a defendant be acquitted at trial?”
Yes! Although few lawyers have successfully defended a client in an OWI jury trial, a strong and intelligent defense can result in an acquittal. The affordable OWI attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have successfully defended clients at trial and achieved not guilty verdicts. We have a well-earned reputation for being fearless in court, tenacious in defense of our clients, and tireless and unyielding in how far we will go to obtain the best possible outcome for every client.
Affordable OWI Defense Attorneys
If you are facing felony or misdemeanor charges related to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it is in your best interest to hire attorneys that will have your back and fearlessly defend you in court. The affordable OWI attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have decades of experience zealously and successfully defending clients’ charges with felony and misdemeanor OWI, DUI, OWVI, OWPD, and other drug and drunk driving offenses in courts throughout Michigan.
Call us today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation or complete a Request for Assistance Form. We will contact you promptly and find a way to help you.