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Driver’s License Restoration and Clearance cases are well-suited to start over the phone, and the “down time” many people have now is a good opportunity to begin this process.

Our consultations have ALWAYS been free, confidential, and done over the phone, right when you call. We are very friendly people who will be glad to explain things and answer your questions, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. (EST).

DUI Quick Start from a Michigan DUI Attorney

If you are facing a drunk driving charge and are looking for a Michigan DUI lawyer, you need relief and want information right away. In the following sections, we’ll examine the realities of a Detroit-area DUI charge and how drunk driving cases work in the real world, because that's where your case is going to be handled. 

When you're looking to hire a lawyer and have questions, you should always check out your options and become an educated consumer.

As you look around, make sure you contact my office, as well. All of my consultations free, confidential, and are done over the phone, right when you call.

Making the Call

We're really friendly people who will always be glad to answer your questions and explain things. When you call, we’ll have a few questions, as well: 

  • Where were you arrested? 
  • What is your charge? What happened? 
  • When did it happen?
  • Did you take a breath test? 
  • If so, what were the results?

We'll want to know as much as possible about what was going on before, during and after your arrest.

Where is your Case?

My team and I handle DUI cases in all the local district and circuit courts of Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties. Our extensive experience handling DUI cases in these Detroit-area Courts enables us to give you accurate information about what will happen and what we can do to make things better.

Meeting With the Attorney

When we meet, we'll go every relevant detail of your Michigan DUI charge. We'll make sure that you leave our office understanding how things work in the court where your case is pending, what you're realistically facing, and what we’ll be doing to get your case dismissed, or negotiated to a lesser offense in order to avoid as many of the negative consequences as possible.

Handling Your Case

First, we must get the evidence, including the police report and any police in-car video. Some of the things that can make a Michigan DUI charge go away aren't obvious, and we will meticulously search for them. 

Every part of the case, from the initial police contact, through the breath or blood test results, must be carefully examined. 

DUI cases are NEVER won by accident. 

As  Detroit DUI lawyers, we understand both the nuances of the law, and the science behind the evidence. This enables us to make a critical evaluation of everything from how the police officer tested you on the road to whether the machine that analyzed your breath or blood sample got it right. 

Problems with the evidence at any point can render it inadmissible or unreliable, and must be used to your fullest advantage.


In most drunk driving cases, we can spare you from having to go to court for the first proceeding, called an “arraignment," where you're advised of the charge against you and a bond is set. My office will file papers with the court so that you don't have to go, meaning that you can wait to go to court with one of us for the first substantive proceeding, called a “pre-trial.”


At the pre-trial conference, we meet with the prosecutor and we discuss the case. First, we look for a way to get the case dismissed. With our extensive experience with Michigan DUI cases, we know how to successfully challenge improper evidence, and also how to figure out if it is good enough to withstand a legal challenge. 

The truth is that most cases are not screwed up badly enough to get them tossed out of court, and in these, far more common situations, we will negotiate with the prosecuting attorney to get your charge(s) reduced and otherwise get some real relief from the penalties you are facing.

Mandatory Alcohol Screening

The most important aspect of a Michigan DUI case is the legal requirement that a person convicted of an alcohol-related traffic offense must undergo a mandatory alcohol evaluation

This means that prior to being sentenced by the Judge, you will have an appointment with the court’s probation department, where you will be interviewed and take a written alcohol screening test about your drinking habits and history. Every answer you give has a point value, and the test is scored numerically 

As results go, the higher your score, the more likely you are seen to have or be at risk to develop a drinking problem. Obviously, the lower your score, the better.  We're going for better.

Here, I can help you more than any other DUI lawyer. I have extensive clinical training, having completed a post-graduate program of addiction studies that focused on the development, diagnosis and treatment of alcohol problems. 

I know exactly how an alcohol evaluation test works, and how each answer is interpreted, or "scored,” providing an unmatched advantage to you before you provide answers to an alcohol screening test that will have the more impact on what happens to you than any other part of your case.

The takeaway here is that good test results mean a better outcome at your sentencing. 

Anything less than the best possible test results, however, can get you stuck in needless counseling or even rehab. Avoiding as much of this as possible is your biggest priority, and I can help you do that, more than anyone.

The Sentencing Recommendation

The end result of the alcohol screening test and the probation interview is a written sentencing recommendation that is prepared by the probation officer who conducted your interview. This recommendation is required by law, and is sent to the Judge for him or her to read prior to your sentencing. 

The written recommendation advises the Judge what terms and conditions (including classes, counseling and/or rehab) to order for you. In other words, it tells the Judge what to do to you.

It is extremely important that you are thoroughly prepared for the alcohol screening test and probation interview. Make no mistake about it, the sentencing recommendation is really the "blueprint” for what the Judge exactly will do to you.

In the real world, every single Judge out there follows the probation officer's sentencing recommendation very closely, if not to the very letter.


The sentencing is where you stand in front of the Judge to find out what is going to happen to you, where all the consequences we've been talking about are handed down - or not. 

At the sentencing the Judge first reads the recommendation, listens to your lawyer, then you, and finally says you must you do certain things, and not others. 

Unless your case gets dismissed for some reason along the way, we will have been working toward this moment from our very first meeting.

When all is said and done, success in a Michigan DUI case is best measured by what does NOT happen to you. 

Here, less is always more. I will make sure everything goes smoothly, and that we avoid as many of the potential negative consequences as possible in your case.


My Fee schedule is for Drunk Driving cases is listed below:

  • 1st Offense DUI: $3800.
  • High BAC charge: $4000
  • 2nd Offense DUI: $4200.
  • 3rd Offense (Felony) DUI: From $7200.
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