Michigan’s Elite Ann Arbor Operating While Intoxicated Defense Attorneys
Drunk Driving (DUI) also known as Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) is a serious offense in Ann Arbor with potentially serious consequences. If you are charged you need the protection of Ann Arbor operating while intoxicated defense attorneys. Prosecutors charging felony and misdemeanor drunken driving offenses in Ann Arbor, Michigan are particularly hardnosed.
OWI is the only crime where you can be convicted based upon the opinion of a police officer, which means it is an opinion crime. Name one other crime where you can be convicted without committing any harm to any person or property? Frequently, the prosecution’s case is centered around the opinion of a police officer. In the typical OWI case, the arresting officer may allege that the motorist exhibited signs of intoxication: the odor of an alcoholic beverage, bloodshot and watery eyes, slurred speech, and an unsteady on his/her feet. These observations are subjective. It should be remembered every motorist is presumed innocent, and the prosecution has the burden to prove their case beyond any reasonable doubt.
OWI Penalties are Serious in Ann Arbor
Clearly, DWI is politically unpopular in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As a result, legislators are regularly trying to give prosecutors and courts more and more tools to pursue convictions and increase the severity of the penalties in DUI cases. Some might argue that the system is rigged to facilitate a conviction. Advocacy groups such as MADD lobby for tougher and tougher OWI laws and encourage law enforcement to make more and more arrests.
A DWI is one of the most common criminal offenses in the Ann Arbor, Michigan courts. Even in misdemeanor cases, due to political pressure and some of the toughest judges in Michigan, you face possible jail sentences if convicted. Furthermore, a jail sentence may be in addition to substantial fines, lengthy periods of community service, months or years reporting to a probation officer, loss or restriction of your driver’s license, costly and time-consuming alcohol or drug therapy, and numerous other intrusions which may invade your privacy and your wallet. If your driver’s license is revoked, you will not be able to drive again until Michigan (or another state) grants you this privilege. People with a DWI conviction on their record may have trouble obtaining or keeping a professional license (doctors, lawyers, nurses, etc.) or a security clearance which may prevent current or future employment. An alcohol-related conviction could interfere with obtaining loans or prevent you from traveling to other countries such as Canada.
An Experienced Ann Arbor DUI Lawyer Can Help You – There is Hope
If you are arrested for Operating Under the Influence of drugs or alcohol, it is critical that you have Ann Arbor operating while intoxicated defense attorneys who understand the potential evidence in DUI cases including breath testing, blood testing, and the pseudo-science of standardized field sobriety testing is that all the nuances and complexity specific to DWI trial advocacy make drunk driving defense one of the most difficult fields in criminal defense. The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have this experience and are ethical, knowledgeable, and dedicated. We are also criminal defense specialists who exclusively handle criminal cases as opposed to the jack-of-all-trade lawyers who handle multiple areas of the law and are experts at none of them.
The problem occurs when innocent people get caught up in overzealous police actions or the police feel justified in violating a person’s civil rights to justify an OWI arrest and conviction. More innocent people are convicted of OWI than any other crime. No one is saying that DWI is not a serious crime. We all want our roads to be safe. However, the Ann Arbor operating while intoxicated defense attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. strongly believe that the playing field must be leveled for you if you face being charged with a crime by the government and all the power that it has behind it.
DUI Plea Bargaining and Trial Lawyers
Not all DWI cases are headed for trial. In many cases, a plea bargain can be negotiated with the prosecutor. We have the poise, tact, experience, and professionalism required to be an effective plea negotiator. Although achieving a dismissal of all charges is our highest priority, there are cases where a plea bargain to a reduced charge is in the client’s best interest. Sometimes a quick plea agreement is in the best interest of the client. Other times, it takes perseverance, persistence and great effort on the part of the attorney to obtain a satisfactory plea agreement. However, if a plea agreement is not possible, it is critical to have an attorney who understands how to try a DWI case. When a case is aggressively and intelligently defended, there are even circumstances when an OWI case can be reduced to a reckless driving, careless driving or other civil infraction.
How does a lawyer achieve an extraordinary resolution in a case? By being a credible threat. We are extremely well known in Ann Arbor, Michigan to be among the top OWI trial lawyers and prosecutors and judges know that if our clients are not treated fairly, we are capable and qualified to fight the charges and protect their rights.
DUI Attorneys Experienced in Handling Ann Arbor Operating While Intoxicated Cases
Many people arrested for DUI feel as though they have already been pronounced guilty of a crime. If you have been charged with DUI, you should speak to one of the experienced Ann Arbor operating while intoxicated defense attorney at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. immediately. We will help you discover how your case can be successfully resolved before you make an ill-advised decision to plead guilty or no contest. We have a better pool of resources to draw on than other law firms in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We are backed by a team of highly experienced investigators as well as leading forensic and toxicology experts. These specialists can sometimes help us disprove the results of your breathalyzer or blood test in order to win your case.
If you, or a loved one, is charged with operating while intoxicated or driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana, contact the attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C.and we will put decades of DUI defense experience to work for you. Please call us at (248) 623-6800 for a free consultation or complete a Request for Assistance Form and one of our attorneys will promptly contact you.
“We are not afraid to win!”
– LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C.