What Happens If I Am Arrested for My First DUI?
Michigan Drunk Driving Attorneys Representing Clients for Their First DUI Charge in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Throughout the State
As experienced Michigan DUI defense attorneys, we understand the uncertainty and stress individuals experience when charged with a drunk driving offense. When it is your first offense, you don't know what to expect or what is going to happen. Chances are you have questions, and no idea how to move forward. In the state of Michigan it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a BAC (blood alcohol content) of more than 0.08%. The state's Zero Tolerance law also makes it illegal for an individual younger than age 21 to drive with even a trace of alcohol in his/her body. At Grabel & Associates, we have successfully defended many clients throughout the state of Michigan charged with DUI. Our proven track record and level of skill make our team an outstanding choice for legal guidance and reputation.
Being convicted of driving under the influence can impact your life in many ways. Your driver's license may be suspended; jail time and other penalties are possible. In addition, your driving record, future auto insurance rates, and employment opportunities may be affected. The decisions you make now can determine whether your life suffers, or whether you avoid a conviction and the resulting criminal penalties. This is why it is critical to obtain the services of a capable lawyer right away.
You have legal options, and are innocent until proven guilty. Most likely you were treated as though you were guilty upon your arrest. It is important that you understand you do have legal rights and options; more important, knowing how to use your options to your advantage can make the difference in the outcome.
Your driver's license may be suspended. For a first-time DUI offender, it is vital you contact the Secretary of State within 14 days of arrest if you refused to take the breath test, otherwise your driver's license will be suspended for one year.
Obtain legal assistance if chemical tests indicated a BAC higher than 0.08%. Failing a blood, breath, or urine test means a greater risk of being convicted of DUI. A chemical test such as the Datamaster test administered at the police station which results in a BAC higher than the legal limit, or refusing to take a chemical test makes the situation more complicated. Having a skilled DUI defense attorney on your side will result in a more positive outcome; you will also need a lawyer's assistance regarding your driving privileges if your license was suspended.
Always keep in mind that you can fight the charges against you, and that a capable attorney will help you understand your options, and which may be most beneficial in your situation. For example, your attorney may be able to have charges dropped in certain situations, but action must be taken immediately. It may be to your benefit to plead guilty, or going to trial may produce the most positive results. An arrest for DUI does not automatically mean you will be convicted and face criminal penalties. In fact, it is not unusual for someone charged with drunk driving to beat the charges and win the case.
Having an Experienced Michigan DUI Defense Lawyer on Your Side is a Must
To ensure the best possible chance of avoiding a conviction you must have an attorney who is skilled, experienced, and knowledgeable in cases involving driving under the influence. When it is time to go to court, keep in mind that the judge is highly familiar with these types of cases, and sees them every day. Successfully fighting the charge against you requires proof of errors made in your arrest, rights violations, or other compelling reasons the charge should not stand. Developing the most effective strategy requires the help of a seasoned lawyer.
Following your arrest, arraignment is the next step. At this hearing you will be able to enter a plea, should you choose to. This may be a plea of guilty, not guilty, or no contest. The next steps depend on whether you plead guilty or no contest; otherwise you will attend a pretrial hearing in which you may decide to go forth to trial, or accept a plea agreement from the prosecution.
Cases involving DUI rarely go to trial, however your lawyer will work closely with you so that not only are you thoroughly advised of the legal process and what is involved, the outcome is the best possible. First-time DUI offenders often avoid jail time, however you may be able to avoid other punishment as well by securing the legal support and guidance of a capable and aggressive attorney. Contact Grabel & Associates today for a free consultation at 1-800-783-4448.