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Thursday, January 22, 2015

DUI REPRESENTATION: DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS

In my nearly 25 of experience as a lawyer i have encountered people with legal problems from all walks of life. And, I suppose money plays a role in the decision to hire a lawyer, but, when faced with a crime that could leave a permanent mark on your record or worse end you in prison or jail, i have never understood an individuals drive to find the cheapest lawyer on the face of the planet!!

Believe me when i say, "you get what you pat for". Does anyone really believe that if you give a lawyer $500.00 for a drunk driving that that lawyer is going to go to the well for his client??? That the lawyer is going to leave no stone unturned? Or that he is going to adjourn your matter as many times as he can in order to posture you in the best light possible?? The answer if you don't know is NO!

 Most people do not realize that a drunk driving conviction remains on ones record for life. They cannot be expunged!! Although i have never understood the public policy  behind it, (after all a person can "expunge" a felony from their record but not a misdemeanor?!?), we don't make the laws we just interpret them.

And it gets worse. If you are unfortunate enough to have a drunk driving conviction on your record, any subsequent charge for anything now also stays on your record forever. No other misdemeanor charge has this punitive sanction. In other words, any other type of misdemeanor, be it retail fraud, domestic violence, use or possession of marihuana, etc., can be expunged or "erased" from ones record; but once a drunk driving conviction is entered nothing after that is expungable. No other misdemeanors no felonies no nothing goes anywhere, everything stays on your record after a drunk driving conviction.

In my 56 years of living on this good earth, experience has imparted on me the belief, at least in my world, that, when the proverbial you know what hits the fan, when your back is up against the wall, you just find the resources needed to get the problem fixed. Period. Criminal records do matter! They need to be clean. The ease with which you go through life depends on it.

When your criminal record is on the line, don't go looking for the "blue light special".

I try to appeal to the client who cares about their future, who want to, and can be, proactive in their defense. That is, the people who have the resources to participate in programs, people that realize how important these types of matters are and that will fit whats needed to be done into their already busy schedules. People who believe that their only requirement is to pay the retainer and that its the lawyers job from there need not apply.

If you care about the eventual outcome of your case and desire to go through life with as few impediments as possible call the Law Office of Martin Lievois in Troy at 248-419-1566 or in Flint at 810-250-4550.

 


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