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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

DRUNK DRIVING IN MICHIGAN SIMPLIFIED - PART FOUR


Regarding this series, although we could go much deeper into the anatomy and analysis of a drunk driving charge in Michigan, for the lay person, an abbreviated outline of the procedure would in my mind be most beneficial. Generally, when my clients sit down across my desk they are not asking me to educate them on the legislative history of the drunk driving laws in Michigan and how they may compare and contrast to the laws of other States, etc.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

DRUNK DRIVING IN MICHIGAN SIMPLIFIED - PART THREE


So far in our series we have discussed some of the pertinent aspects of a Michigan drunk driving case leading up to the Pre-trial stage. This court date is required to be attended by both the attorney and client.

Initially, when the drunk driving stop occurred, the police officer, in addition to observing your driving prior to the stop, will have, upon contact with the driver, a number of things to memorialize in a report.


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Thursday, May 4, 2017

DRUNK DRIVING IN MICHIGAN SIMPLIFIED - PART TWO


After you have received your drunk driving citation and have met, discussed and retained my firm to represent you, the next step in the process will be "court".

In this article we will look at the court system and how it relates to your situation. The process is somewhat different for different crimes...


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Thursday, April 27, 2017

DRUNK DRIVING IN MICHIGAN SIMPLIFIED - PART ONE


The laws covering drunk driving in Michigan are the same whether you hail from the northern reaches of the Upper Peninsula or the southern most city in Michigan. How varying counties deal with their drunk driving cases and how individual judges within those counties feel about how drunk driving cases should be resolved, however, vary widely.

Evaluating how different judges deal with drunk driving cases will be the focus of another article, for our purposes here, we will focus on the "nuts and bolts" of the course of a drunk driving case as it winds its way through the court system.

Upon being released from jail after "sleeping it off"..


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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

DUI IN MICHIGAN: THE WINNING APPROACH


Some surprising numbers suggest we might first start by defining what we mean by "winning". Amid all the bluster you hear when you read attorney profiles, after all the promises are made, the numbers do not lie. 

Approximately 1 in every 1300 drunk driving cases that go to trial in Michigan every year are winners. These statistics do not change much year over year and suggest that trying the drunk driving case in Michigan is in the vast majority of cases..


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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

HEROIN NOW BEING CUT WITH ELEPHANT TRANQUILIZERS CAUSING AN EXPLOSION OF DEATHS


When drug dealers started cutting Heroin with Fentanyl the death toll from overdoses rose sharply. And, as this was not bad enough, the escalation of the stakes just rose again with the introduction of a new opiod analog called carfentanil.

It's an elephant tranquilizer.

It is 100 times stronger than fentanyl and 10,000 times more potent than morphine. Carfentanil is the strongest opiod used on the comercial market.


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Thursday, March 30, 2017

I'M NOT BLOWIN INTO THAT!!! LIFE AFTER A BREATH TEST REFUSAL


If you have been unfortunate enough to be in a situation where a police officer is asking you to blow into a device after he/she has observed your driving, there are a number of scenarios that can play out.

Clearly in this situation something has alerted the police to the fact that your driving might be impaired (or worse) by drugs or alcohol. Of course the first thing they will do is observe your demeanor, mannerisms, eyes, breath, speech upon making contact with you on the side of the road or whatever public thoroughfare you happen to be on.

And, as is contained in nearly every drunk driving police report I've read in over twenty five years of practice, the officers observations will go something like this, "Upon contact with ..


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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

MICHIGAN DRIVERS LICENSE RESTORATION VS. PROBATION/PAROLE


In the world of DAAD hearings, "sobriety" is the king of all priorities, however, right below that priority (or perhaps on equal footing with sobriety) is the length of sobriety!

A not so obvious correlation exists between DAAD requirements (rules) and being on probation/parole. Many wanna be petitioners ask me why aren't they eligible to petition for a license, after all, they just served ten years in prison and have successfully completed, say, three out of four years of parole. While the individual may be proud of this accomplishment (and rightfully so), the very problem lies within this "status".

Their thinking is, "I've been in this environment (prison) where no alcohol is allowed and now i am serving out a period of parole without any violations or problems, what is the hang up??" The hang up is this; the DAAD hearing officers look at this situation a bit differently. The thinking goes something like this: While the individual is in prison there are rules governing everything the person does from the time they wake up till the time they go to sleep.


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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH YOUR LICENSE RESTORATION ATTORNEY??


As a Michigan license restoration lawyer, I cannot tell you the frequency with which I am told by some poor soul, "You know, my last attorney only met me at the hearing!"

This cannot make anybody comfortable, let alone feeling prepared!!

I believe that this is not fair to the client. By the time my clients meet me at the hearing location, we are very well acquainted. We will have met a number of times in the preparation phase, and the petitioner will have a fairly good understanding of how the hearing will be conducted.


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Monday, March 6, 2017

COULD OPIOID/PAINKILLERS BECOME A PROBLEM IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD?


According to a recent study, you are more likely to become a long-term opioid/painkiller user if  you are treated by a doctor who regularly prescribes those drugs.

Emergency room patients are at greater risk for long term opioid use even after just one prescription from an ER doctor who regularly prescribes these painkillers. According to the study, patients who are treated by frequent prescribers also are 30 percent more likely to develop long term use over the next year.

One out of forty-eight people newly prescribed an opioid will become a lone term user. If a person visits a high prescribing doctor his/her chances of getting an opioid prescription are three times higher.


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