Michigan’s Elite Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) Defense Firm
Drunk Driving (DUI), also known as Operating While Intoxicated (OWI), is a serious offense with potentially serious consequences, and if you are charged, you need the protection of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
OWI is the only crime where you can be convicted based on the opinion of a police officer. Despite many people’s misconceptions, police officers are not out to find the truth; their mission is to build cases, secure convictions, and work towards promotions and raises. 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 being unsteady on his/her feet. These observations are subjective. When a person is looking for evidence of a crime, he or she will frequently look at the innocent evidence with a bias that results in unjustified and unfair accusations. It should be remembered every motorist is presumed innocent, and the prosecution has the burden to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. An experienced OWI Defense Attorney gives you the best chance of avoiding the consequences of an OWI charge.
OWI Penalties are Serious in Michigan
Michigan has given 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 by advocacy groups such as MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) who lobby for tougher and tougher OWI laws.
A DWI is one of the most common criminal offenses in Michigan courts. Even in misdemeanor cases, due to political pressure and tough judges, you face a possible jail sentence if convicted, even for a first offense. Probation on an OWI case in Michigan will likely include 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. People with a DUI 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.
If your driver’s license is revoked, you will not be able to drive again until the Driver’s License Appeal Division of the Michigan Department of State reinstates your driving privileges. An alcohol-related conviction could interfere with international travel and prevent you altogether from going to Canada.
An Experienced OWI Defense Attorney Can Help – There is Hope
If you are arrested for Operating Under the Influence of drugs or alcohol, it is critical that you have a lawyer who understands all the potential evidence in DUI cases, including breath testing, blood testing and the pseudo-science of standardized field sobriety testing. The fact is that all the nuances and complexity specific to DWI trial advocacy make drunk driving defense one of the most complicated fields in criminal defense.
The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C.have the experience, knowledge, and dedication to provide their clients with the best possible defense. We give the client the greatest advantage because we exclusively practice criminal defense, 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. The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., strongly believe that the playing field must be leveled for you if you face being charged.
DUI Plea Bargaining and Trial Lawyers
Not all DWI cases are headed for trial. In many cases, a favorable plea bargain can be negotiated with the prosecutor if that is what the client desires. The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have the poise, tact, experience, and professionalism required to negotiate and secure extraordinary plea bargains. 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. 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.
However, if a plea agreement is not possible, it is critical to have an attorney who understands how to take an OWI case to trial and win.
How does a lawyer achieve an extraordinary resolution in a case? By being a credible threat. We are extremely well known throughout Michigan to be among the top OWI trial lawyers. 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.
Experienced, Effective and Affordable Defense
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 DUI attorneys 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.
If you, or a loved one, is charged with operating while intoxicated or driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or another controlled substance, contact the OWI defense 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.