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If you’ve been arrested for a Michigan DUI charge in The Greater-Detroit area (meaning anywhere in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, or the surrounding counties), the very first thing you should do is pause for a moment and take a deep breath.
Although it can seems difficult to do otherwise – try not to panic. Sure, that’s kind of like saying “calm down” to someone who is really upset at the moment, but the fact is, you need to think your way through this, not act quickly, out of fear.
One of the worst things a person can do following a DUI arrest is to NOT take the time to gather information.
It’s normal to “freak out” when you’re facing a DUI charge, but that emotional state also makes it a very bad time to quickly make any kind of big decision without exploring all of your options. Humans are vulnerable when they’re afraid.
This is why anyone fresh off of an OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) arrest should slow down, take a little time and read around.
What you need is real DUI information, and not just a sales pitch with long list of curated testimonials. As far as useful Michigan DUI information goes, our blog is, by far, the single best and largest DUI resource that can be found anywhere.
It features all original content, is FULLY searchable, and is updated with a new, original article each week that examines every aspect of the DUI and Michigan driver’s license restoration processes in detail. With hundreds upon hundreds of DUI specific articles, a person can find the answer to just about any question he or she could ever have.
You can find the DUI section here: DUI INFORMATION.
Eventually, you’re going to have t to talk to someone. Reading is all well and fine, but nothing beats a conversation with a real person.
When you’re ready to talk, call us first.
There is NO office as friendly and helpful as ours. Whoever answers the phone will be able to answer your questions – right then and there. Our consultations are free, confidential, and done over the phone, right when you call. NOBODY does it better, but don’t just take our word for it.
When you talk with us, we’ll not only answer your questions and explain things, we’ll also invite you to check around and then call us back, even to compare notes with anything some other lawyer tells you. No lawyer worth hiring will ever suggest that someone do anything other than be a wise consumer and check around.
We do that with everyone who calls us.
A person looking for DUI representation should avoid any lawyer not confident enough in him or herself to suggest anything less.
In that regard, if you every feel any “pressure” to commit to anything, or to make an appointment to come in when you contact another lawyer or law firm, that’s a red flag.
Our firm never uses any kind of gimmicks like that, or any other high-pressure tactics to land clients. We want to know that we were chosen as being the best for the job, and not merely hired because we were the fastest to call back.
Not that we will be, at least after hours, or on weekends.
Our office is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and is closed Saturdays and Sundays.
We are, however, available by email 7 days a week, and will return any phone calls first thing the next business day.
The bottom line, of course, is that you hire a lawyer to get you out of trouble, and to protect you from as many of the legal penalties of a DUI charge as possible.
Remember – Success in a DUI case is best measured by what does NOT happen to you.
That’s the gold standard, and it’s the guiding principle for us, as Michigan DUI lawyers. We really believe that instead of letting a DUI define you, our job is to help put it behind you.
That’s real DUI help.
The simple fact is that a winning legal defense and a good strategy for handling a Michigan DUI charge comes about through careful and deliberate planning, and only after a thorough analysis of all the facts and evidence. No matter what, that’s best done with a clear, cool head.
As you do read around, bear in mind these 2 things:

  1. When it comes to representation, you will never get what you DON’T pay for
  2. Too many lawyers charge top-dollar fees for nothing more than average services

It is understandable that nobody wants to pay more than they have to for legal help. However, any lawyer who is otherwise too focused on being price-competitive is simply in a race to the bottom. Properly handling even the simplest DUI case involves a lot of time and work, and that begins with obtaining and then carefully reviewing all of the evidence.
On the flip side, however, it is very easy for someone to wind up paying too much for a lawyer.
For every cut-rate attorney one can find, there are even more who charge way more than they’re worth. The world is full of lawyers who seriously overvalue themselves.
Ours is a premium Michigan DUI firm, and we charge accordingly. However, are beyond transparent and open about cost. Why is there so much secrecy about legal fees?
While we can’s answer that for any other lawyers, our practice is unique, because we publish our fees online, and are the only DUI law firm to do that.
If you’re facing a Michigan DUI charge, don’t compound one mistake with another by making any rash decisions. Instead, invest in yourself. Put in the effort to read around, and then call around.
Think about it: Most people put in a little time when they look for something like a new refrigerator or TV. Why would a person ever consider doing anything less when making a decision as important as hiring a lawyer to handle his or her DUI case?
There is simply no good reason to NOT be a wise consumer and do your homework.
If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, don’t panic.
Instead, pause for a moment, take that deep breath. and then start gathering information.