DUI Defense Lawyer Defending Clients in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Throughout Michigan Just Arrested for DUI, OWI, OUIL, and other Drunk Driving Offenses
If you have just been arrested for driving under the influence in Michigan, no doubt you are frightened and have questions about how to move forward. The choices you make when arrested greatly influence several aspects of your life, including future employment opportunities, your driving record, even whether your auto insurance rates may increase in the future. The first step you should take when just arrested on suspicion of DUI is to contact an experienced attorney. Charges of drunk driving may result in the suspension or revocation of your driver's license, fines, jail time, and even violation of your legal rights.
If convicted, the penalties you face are harsh, not to mention the harm to your career and reputation. It is critical to obtain the legal support and guidance of a skilled MI DUI attorney who can provide the guidance you need in the early stages of your Michigan DUI case, and throughout every stage of the process. Our goal is to protect you against a conviction and the serious consequences that result when found guilty.
Michigan DUI Arrest Attorney
In Michigan, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of higher than 0.08%. For individuals younger than 21, the state's zero tolerance law means individuals may not drive with even a trace of alcohol in their bodies. No matter your age, when arrested it is likely police treated you as though you had already been found guilty. The fact is, you are innocent until proven guilty - and you have legal rights. A capable Michigan DUI attorney can advise you of your options, and explain how to use them to your advantage.
Police must suspect you are driving under the influence in order to pull you over. Because you are already suspected, it is critical to contact a lawyer at once. When just arrested, you are protected under the Constitution against unlawful search and seizure; you also have the right to remain silent. The details of an arrest are often complex. Between arrest procedures, chemical tests such as breath, blood, or urine tests, and understanding whether your rights may have been violated, it is understandable you don't know which way to turn. Fortunately, seasoned criminal defense attorneys know how to use faulty chemical testing and improper arrest procedures to the client's advantage, helping to have charges dismissed or reduced. This is why we urge you to contact Grabel & Associates immediately.
Probable Cause and DUI Arrest
It is important to note that a police officer cannot pull you over and charge you with OWI or DUI without reason. Police officers are required under the law to establish probable cause prior to making an arrest or questioning you regarding drunk driving. The charges against you may be dismissed or reduced if it is determined a police officer pulled you over without reasonable suspicion. Our team of professionals will closely examine every detail of your DUI case to determine whether mistakes may have been made by police that could work to your advantage.
Speeding, swerving, or driving in an otherwise erratic manner may lead police to pull you over on suspicion of DUI. The point here is that Michigan police must actually visually see you driving in an unsafe manner or violating traffic laws. If pulled over, you will be required to submit to a chemical test; your failure to do so or refusal may give police probable cause to make an arrest. This is particularly true if police notice you are slurring your words, unstable, or open alcohol containers are noticed in your vehicle. However the situation comes about, when you are arrested for driving under the influence; contact Grabel & Associates for outstanding legal guidance.
Contact Grabel & Associates Now if Just Arrested for DUI
You run the risk of a failed hearing if you refused a chemical test and it is demonstrated you were operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of higher than 0.08%. It is critical you obtain the legal support of a qualified attorney before appearing in court, as judges are very familiar with these types of cases, and in fact see them on a daily basis. You must have proof and/or a compelling reason to challenge your arrest, which an attorney can help you with. We will examine all of the details of your case and work to have charges dismissed so that you can avoid the severe penalties associated with a conviction.
If you have just been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, contact us immediately at 1-800-342-7896. We are available 24/7, and ready to begin work on your case today.