OWI Defense Attorneys for Royal Oak, Michigan
Michigan’s Elite Operating While Intoxicated (OWI/DUI) Defense Firm Will Protect and Defend you in the 44th District Court in Royal Oak, Michigan
A conviction for drunk driving (DUI), also known as Operating While Intoxicated (OWI), carries serious consequences. The belief that these offenses always result in convictions is a myth. A highly experienced criminal defense attorney can sometimes find a way to avoid jail, probation, and a conviction. Prosecutors charging felony and misdemeanor drunken driving offenses in Royal Oak, Michigan, are notoriously tough; however, a great defense lawyer can turn the tables to your advantage.
The evidence of an OWI is often nothing more than the opinion of a police officer. Frequently, the prosecution’s case is based solely on the opinion of a police officer and breath or blood tests that are commonly flawed and unreliable. In the typical OWI case, the arresting officer may allege that the motorist exhibited signs of intoxication, which could be the odor of an alcoholic beverage, bloodshot and watery eyes, slurred speech, or that the defendant was unsteady on her feet. These observations are subjective, and a thorough investigation often reveals that the allegations are either untrue or exaggerated. Every motorist is presumed innocent, and the prosecution has the burden to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, or the defendant must be found “not guilty.”
OWI Penalties Can be Serious in Royal Oak
An OWI or DWI is politically unpopular, and judges often advertise their harsh sentences when seeking to justify their re-election. Legislators work hard to give prosecutors and courts additional tools to pursue convictions and increase the severity of the penalties in these cases. Anyone familiar with the system knows that it is biased and designed to facilitate convictions.
Advocacy groups such as MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) lobby for more stringent and tougher OWI laws and encourage law enforcement to make more and more arrests. The result of all this pressure is that officers sometimes are overzealous. An officer who is trying to build a case, as opposed to doing a fair investigation, will frequently make mistakes or make arrests without probable cause. These types of errors, when exposed, can result in the dismissal of all charges.
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 of 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 reinstates your driving privileges. People with an OWI 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.
In addition to penalties imposed by the court, the Michigan Department of State will impose license sanctions if there is a conviction. If your driver’s license is revoked, you will not be able to drive again until Michigan reinstates your driving privileges. People with an OWI 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.
There is no reason just to accept these consequences without a fight! Even in cases with overwhelming evidence, the defense team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. can frequently negotiate a resolution with the prosecutor for reduced charges and penalties. In some cases, we can advocate for a complete dismissal, a reduction to a non-alcohol related offense, or an acquittal at trial.
An Experienced DUI Lawyer Can Help You – There is Hope
If you’re accused of 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 attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. are experienced, 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 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. We have the reputation and track-record to defend you effectively.
DUI/ OWI Plea Bargaining and Trial Lawyers
Not all OWI cases go to trial. In most cases, a savvy defense lawyer can negotiate a favorable plea bargain. The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have the reputation, experience, and professionalism required to negotiate the best possible reduction in charges. Although achieving a dismissal of a case is our first goal, there are cases where a plea bargain to a reduced charge is in the client’s best interest. If a plea agreement is not possible, it is critical to have an attorney who understands how to take an OWI case to trial successfully. An attorney who aggressively and intelligently defends an OWI case may succeed in negotiating a reduction of the charge to reckless driving, careliess driving, or another type of civil infraction.
How does a lawyer achieve an extraordinary resolution in a case?
A lawyer achieves an extraordinary result by being a credible threat to the prosecutor’s case. We are exceptionally well known in Royal Oak, Michigan, and the prosecutors and judges consider us 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.
DUI Attorneys for the 44th District Court in Royal Oak, Michigan
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. We will help you discover how to successfully resolve your case before you make an ill-advised decision to plead guilty or no contest. Our team is comprised of highly experienced investigators as well as leading forensic and toxicology experts who can sometimes help us disprove the results of your breathalyzer or blood test.
If you, or a loved one, is accused of operating while intoxicated or driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or another controlled substance within the 44th District Court in Michigan, contact the attorneys at LEWIS DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. and we will put decades of DUI defense experience to work for 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.