Traffic / DUIs

3.jpgJohn Andrews can help you with any traffic problems or questions you may have about your ticket. Don't think that just because it is a minor ticket and not a serious crime that you do not have a chance of making your case. He understands that every point matters and can help you to keep points off your record. By eliminating points you can keep your fines and insurance premiums low.
In most cases it is often possible to:

  • Avoid Insurance Rate Increase
  • Keep Driving Privilege
  • Avoid Court Appearance
  • Handle Tickets By Mail or Fax

Whenever you are pulled over by the police for any traffic violation you need to begin preparing for a possible court appearance. Keep track of how fast you were going, where the officer came from, what other traffic was close to you, what is your exact location, and what were the weather conditions.

Remain calm, open your window and cooperate with the officer fully. Do not say anything that can be taken as an admission of guilt because the officer may write down anything you say on the back of your citation and use it against you in court. Normally, when radar is used the officer will mention the fact, and may even invite you back to the patrol car to verify his reading. Don't refuse this opportunity. In fact, if the officer doesn't offer to show you the radar, you should ask to look at it yourself. What you're seeking is the make and model of the radar unit, and if the officer is cooperative, how he or she used it to obtain a speed-reading. In particular, you want to know whether it was used in the stationary or the moving mode, and if moving, from what direction. Please be aware an officer is not required to show you the radar reading.

Have you recently received a traffic ticket and are unsure what steps to take? There is a lot of information that people do not know about this process. Contact our office for more clarification or if you are interested in having us fight to get the best result possible and resolve your traffic issues.

Drunk Driving

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Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs ("DUI/DWI") is a serious offense, and DUI/DWI arrests must be addressed immediately. Rights can be lost without prompt action. Our criminal defense attorneys proceed quickly and effectively after a DUI/DWI arrest, protecting your rights, your freedom, and your driving privileges.

Types of Drunk Driving

  • Driving under the influence (DUI) - your ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired due the use of alcohol.
  • Driving while intoxicated (DWI) - your ability to operate a motor vehicle is visibly impaired due the use of alcohol and your blood-alcohol content is at or above the .08% legal limit.
  • Operating under the influence (OUI) - your ability to operate a motor vehicle is visibly impaired due the use of alcohol or other drugs.
  • Open Intoxicants in a Motor Vehicle - possession of open alcoholic containers while driving.
  • DWLS (Driving While License Suspended)

Penalties for Drunk Driving

  • Requires courts to decide drunken driving cases within 77 days after an arrest.
  • Requires a mandatory six-month driver license suspension even for a first conviction. A driver may be eligible for a restricted license after serving 30 days of the suspension.
  • Requires five days to one year of consecutive jail time and/or 30 to 90 days of community service for a second conviction of drunk driving.
  • Includes a felony for a conviction for drunk driving that causes death.
  • Includes a felony for a conviction for drunk driving that causes a serious injury to another.
  • Requires fines for a conviction of driving while a driver license is suspended or revoked of up to $500 for a first offense, and $1,000 for an additional offense.
  • Does not allow hardship appeals for habitual alcohol offenders. Requires a reinstatement fee of $125 if your driver license was suspended, revoked, or restricted.
  • Requires a Driver Responsibility Fee of $1,000 for two consecutive years for driving while intoxicated and a $500 fee for two consecutive years for driving while impaired.

*Source Michigan Secretary of State

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