The Right Michigan DUI Lawyer can make Things Better

As Michigan DUI lawyers, who handle drunk driving cases in the courts of Wayne, Oakland,  Macomb. Lapeer, Livingston, St. Clair and Washtenaw Counties, we know that everyone’s first concern following a DUI arrest is to stay out of jail

Of course, it's also critically important to avoid and/or minimize as many of the legal penalties and negative consequences as possible, like like long, difficult probation and losing your driver's license.

My team and I will do just that. We'll protect you, and your interests.

More Knowledge and Experience to Help You

With a solid recovery background, and a thorough understanding of the things like alcohol and drug testing, our firm brings a whole other dimension of useful clinical, legal and scientific knowledge to your case. 

We're not just another bunch of DUI lawyers among the herd. 

Years ago, I completed a formal, post-graduate program of addiction studies. My team and I use our clinical understanding of the development, diagnosis and treatment of and recovery from substance abuse problems in real-world ways to actually help our clients and make things better in their cases.

Specifically that means we will make sure you are not perceived by the court as having a drinking problem when you don't. 

However, if you know (or even suspect) that your relationship to alcohol has grown troublesome, we can offer help unlike any other lawyer or law firm. 

Whether your drinking is a problem or not, my team and I will do everything legally allowed to produce best outcome in your case.

In many of my DUI blog articles, I have examined steps involved in a drunk driving case, including the ultra-important and mandatory written alcohol assessment test

Under Michigan law, before the Judge can decide what kind of sentence to impose in a DUI case, you must be screened to see if you have, or are at at risk to develop a drinking problem.

What many people don't understand is that, right out of the gate, anyone being screened for a DUI already starts with a mark against them. 

The court system is well known to have a built-in “alcohol bias” and to often over-diagnose the existence of a drinking problem, or the potential for one to develop. 

In other words, anyone going through the DUI court process is at a much higher risk to be seen as having a problem - even if they don't.  

For those whose drinking has become a problem, the big risk is that it will be perceived as being more serious than it actually is.

In Michigan, the mandatory alcohol screening is done by the court’s probation department. In addition to meeting with a probation officer (PO) who will gather background information about you, and the circumstances surrounding your arrest, you will have to complete a written alcohol screening “test.” 

Each answer has a certain "point value," and your final total number of points is compared to a scoring key that is used to to determine whether you have an identifiable drinking problem, or otherwise test out as being "at risk" for one to develop.

Based upon your score on that assessment test and the other information he or she gathers about you and the drunk driving incident, the probation officer must submit a written sentencing recommendation to the Judge that advises him or her what kind of classes, counseling, supervision and penalties should be imposed upon you.

In the real world, this recommendation essentially serves as a blueprint for what’s going to happen to you. 

A good recommendation usually results in a better sentence, while a tougher recommendation doesn’t bode very well. 

This is where my team and I can help you more than anyone.

It really all comes down to this: You hire a Michigan DUI lawyer to keep you out of jail and avoid or minimize as many negative consequences and penalties as possible in your case. 

My team and I do just that every single day. 

We take our cases personally. This is really the whole point of hiring a DUI lawyer in the first place, because you not only want someone who knows what they're doing, but really cares, as well. 

Our firm ie exceptionally good at what we do. We enjoy making things better for our clients. With our extensive experience handling Michigan DUI cases, we know what to do and exactly how to do it.

Hiring a Better Lawyer

I have written about what a very important factor “the voice of the lawyer” is when deciding which Michigan DUI lawyer to hire. 

Your lawyer has to speak for you, and he or she must do that charismatically, and with authority. 

Who wants some lawyer whose voice is just another in the chorus? 

If you really want things made better, then you have to hire the right lawyer. That sounds great, but what does it really mean?

The "right lawyer" is all about strength, experience, honesty and reasonableness:

Strength isn't about being brash or bold or loud or stubborn. It means not "selling out" and letting you get stuck with a charge that could be beaten. Strength manifests itself in many ways: It can be a measured silence, or it can be a powerful response; it can favor an intelligent compromise, or it can support holding fast to your side of the argument.

Experience means that we've not only handled thousands of Michigan DUI cases, but we've done it in the same group of local courts of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Lapeer, Livingston, St. Clair and Washtenaw Counties, in front of the same Judges and prosecutors, over and over again. If you hire our firm as your DUI lawyers, you will not be paying our tuition to learn our way around some distant Michigan court. For a long time, we've worked by the standard that if we don't go there regularly, we don't go there at all.

Honesty is the most important for a trait for a lawyer. we will never just tell you what you want to hear. Instead, we will always be honest, and never sugar-coat the truth. Being honest means doing right thing, as opposed to just doing the easy thing. Honest people are admired for their good character and sound judgment, and always stand out from the crowd.

Reasonableness means that stepping up and getting a better Michigan DUI attorney doesn't mean getting ripped off by paying too much for too little. Paying more does not always mean getting more. Although we don't compete with anyone on price, in exchange for the fees we charge, we produce the very best possible results in every case we take. 

My team and I put our hearts and souls into protecting our clients and their interests.

Every day, we spend out time helping real people, just like you, avoid and minimize the negative consequences from a DUI case, like losing the ability to drive, as well as difficult probation, unnecessary classes, counseling, testing and/or treatment. 

We stand by each and every client and help him or her safely navigate through the court system and come out of it with their lives intact.

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