Michigan Drunk Driving Defense Lawyers Who Know How to Win!
Defense lawyers in Michigan who are known for providing the highest possible level of representation on OWI, DUI and related charges. Effective, zealous, and fearless representation on felony and misdemeanor charges.
A conviction for Operating While Intoxicated in the State of Michigan will cost you. Your license will be suspended, and you will receive 6 points on your driving record. You could also spend thousands of dollars in court expenses, possibly receive jail time, and the many terms of a lengthy probation period. Many lawyers handle these cases, but few who are are known for tirelessly and fearlessly fighting for their clients to achieve the best outcome. That is the type of representation that has made LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. widely regarded among judges and attorneys as one of the top OWI Defense law firms in Michigan.
The ‘Super Drunk Law’
Back in 2010, Michigan adopted a new drinking and driving law referred to as the “super drunk” law. The law states that if you drink and drive and your blood alcohol level is 0.17 or higher, you are considered “super drunk.” The potential punishment for Super Drunk Driving is more severe than that of the DUI/OWI charge. The penalty for being convicted of the super drunk law is up to 180 days imprisonment as opposed to the DUI/OWI penalty of 93 days.
Recently Gov. Rick Snyder signed new legislation that would now allow local municipalities to enforce the super drunk law. Before this legislation took effect, police officers were not allowed to write citations for the super drunk violations under their local ordinances. A city attorney did not have the authority to prosecute an offense where the possible punishment exceeded 93 days of incarceration.
Implications Now That City Attorneys May Prosecute Super Drunk Charges
City and township prosecutors now can handle super drunk cases. A portion of the fines collected goes to the municipality in which the offense took place. In some cases, if a person under investigation for Super Drunk Driving hires a lawyer on a pre-charge basis before a warrant is issued, the attorney may be able to persuade an officer to submit the case to a city attorney instead of a state prosecutor. Although the charge may be the same, most city and township prosecutors are more reasonable and have more discretion that county and state prosecutors.
Defenses to Super Drunk Driving in Michigan
It takes years of specialized training and experience, to be able to provide an exceptional defense in Michigan Super Drunk Driving cases. Even lawyers with this expertise rarely provide an adequate defense because they are afraid or unwilling to do what is necessary to fight for their clients successfully. Defenses to these cases can be factual, constitutional, scientific, medical, and legal. A defense attorney must thoroughly and meticulously investigate any potential defense to maximize the client’s bargaining power and minimize the government’s bargaining power.
Penalties for Super Drunk, Operating a Vehicle with a High BAC .17
- License Sanctions for a first conviction include a hard suspension (no license) for the first 45 days, followed by 320-day restricted with BAIID
- Maximum Jail Term of 180 days
- Maximum Term of Probation of 2 years
- Maximum Fine of $700.00
- Court Costs Approximately $1,000.00 to $1,500.00
- Police and Prosecution Restitution from $400.00 to $800.00
- Community Service for up to 360 hours
- Vehicle Immobilization Discretionary with Judge
- Substance Abuse Program and Victim’s Impact Panel or Weekend are Mandatory
- Random Drug/Alcohol Testing
- Points 6
- CPL Rights Lost for 3 years
No Substitute for a Top Drunk Driving Defense Attorney
There is no substitute for having a defense attorney who exclusively practices criminal defense. A general practice lawyer or lawyer who handles different types of law will not have the specialization, experience, and reputation to get you the best possible result. If you have a drunken driving arrest in Oakland County, Wayne County, Macomb County or elsewhere in Southeastern Michigan, you will want to contact a Michigan Drunk Driving Attorney who is familiar with the courts in these areas. The defense attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. practice regularly in all of these areas and are consistently able to help our clients avoid jail and, in some cases, avoid a conviction altogether. Some larger law firms will take your money and then hand your case off to an attorney with little experience in the field of alcohol-related offenses. Some smaller firms have only one lawyer that handles criminal cases. The thing that makes LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. unique is that we have a team of lawyers who each have decades of experience. They work together to make sure that each client is protected diligently and thoroughly.
Every Drunk Driving / DUI / OWI Case is Defensible
If a defense attorney can mount a strong defense, he or she may persuade a prosecutor to dismiss OWI charges, or reduce a charge to a nonalcohol-related offense or a civil infraction. Not every legal defense has to be a winner to be helpful to the defense. When an experienced OWI defense attorney is negotiating with a prosecutor, he or she must use every tool at that person’s disposal to achieve the best possible result. Using every tool means that even though a case may not have a rock-solid defense, a persuasive attorney will use whatever strengths can be found in the defense to increase his or her client’s bargaining power. Even a few cracks in the armor of the prosecutor’s case can lead to an exceptional resolution or a very favorable sentence.
Remember that not all defense lawyers are the same, and the reputation and experience of the attorney can be instrumental in obtaining a favorable outcome. For example, a lawyer with a reputation for getting all of his or her clients to plead guilty is not likely to have much bargaining power, even with a credible defense. Conversely, an attorney with a reputation for zealous, fearless, and effective representation, may be able to make a strong argument with a weak defense issue. Don’t trust your fate to the lowest bidder. Generally speaking, you get what you pay for. If you value your freedom, your ability to drive, your liberty, your reputation, and your education or employment, you will want the best lawyer possible at your side.
Reputation and Track Record for Winning in Court
Our team has a 10.0 rating on Avvo (Superb), AV rating on Martindale-Hubbell (Preeminent), and National Super Lawyer. If you are looking for the most qualified, most effective OWI defense attorneys to represent you at a fair and affordable price, LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. is the firm you want by your side!
If you are charged with Operating While Intoxicated or Super Drunk Driving, and you are looking for a Michigan drunk driving attorney, you will want to contact one of the attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. We will find a way to help you.
Call us today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation, or complete a Request for Assistance Form and we will contact you promptly.