Common Mistakes in DUI Cases
Michigan DUI Attorneys Defending Against Common Mistakes in Drunk Driving Cases in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Lansing
Mistakes are often made in cases involving drunk driving or DWI, both by DUI defense attorneys and clients. At Grabel & Associates, we know that effective representation and defense for those who are arrested for drunk driving requires not only an intense knowledge of the governing laws, but experience and a substantial understanding of certain scientific factors as well.
Cases involving DWI, DUI, and OUIL are often complex; in fact, qualified Michigan drunk driving defense attorneys know that these are among the most challenging to defend. In order to avoid some of the mistakes commonly made in cases involving drunk driving, we have compiled a list of some you should be aware of.
Assuming there is no defense. You may be guilty, but it does not mean there is no defense that could possibly result in reduction of the charges or even dismissal. There are several defense strategies that may be effective in your particular situation, and while it does cost more to fight the charge rather than plead guilty, your reputation, career, and future are worth fighting for.
Hiring a lawyer based on cost. Hiring the cheapest lawyer is absolutely not the smartest move you can make. Ultimately, an effective and capable DUI attorney with the skill and experience to obtain positive results will not give his or her skills and knowledge away. Many lawyers will simply walk the client through a plea deal rather than investigating and working to provide a sound defense strategy.
Inadequate investigation. It's an unfortunate fact that many attorneys who handle DWI or drunk driving cases never look at the police report prior to the first pretrial hearing. It is critical that your lawyer thoroughly reviews your case and examines the evidence in order to devise an effective defense strategy.
Assuming the police officer followed the law. The average person has no idea when stopped by police whether the officer followed the law - and police know this. Your attorney must know more than police officers in regards to the collection of blood or breath for testing blood alcohol levels, what constitutes an illegal stop, and more.
Not informing the client of what a guilty plea or conviction means. An effective DWI lawyer will educate his/her client on the possible ramifications of pleading guilty, or going to court and potentially being convicted. Many people automatically plead guilty, which can lead to driver's license suspension, significant fines, higher insurance rates, loss of employment, even jail time in some instances.
Not fighting for a client's driver's license. While you may believe this is the least of your worries when facing substantial fines, jail time, and a criminal record, it is actually the most important battle of all. If your attorney believes that an implied consent case cannot be won or lacks the aggressive approach and skill necessary to win, you have hired the wrong Michigan drunk driving lawyer.
Failing to seek out alcohol or drug treatment. You can help your attorney secure the best possible outcome by becoming involved in an alcohol or drug treatment program; this is particularly true for repeat offenders, and judges/prosecutors often take the fact that you are making an effort into consideration.
Not being honest with your attorney. In order for your lawyer to provide you with outstanding legal guidance and representation, it is critical that you are honest about every detail surrounding the circumstances of your arrest. An attorney who is well-armed with all of the information is ready for anything - and can avoid an outcome that may be embarrassing or even humiliating.
Having an attorney who does not clearly explain the law. The lawyer you choose to represent you in your drunk driving or DUI case should answer all of your questions, and take the time to educate you regarding the law, the legal justice process, and what you can expect. Your attorney should keep you informed at every stage in the process, never leaving you in the dark to wonder.
These are some of the most common mistakes made in drunk driving and DWI cases by both attorneys and their clients.
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