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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, February 22, 2017

EVALUATING THE MICHIGAN DRUNK DRIVING ATTORNEY


Being the recipient of a drunk driving citation in Michigan can be one of the lowest points in a persons life. In addition to not feeling very good about yourself, there will be many questions you need answers to concerning your situation.

CALL ATTORNEY MARTIN LIEVOIS.

By calling  attorney Lievois your have put yourself in the best possible position to effectively address your Flint drunk driving charge. I have handled countless drunk driving cases in various Counties and Cities throughout Michigan.


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Thursday, February 2, 2017

SMOKING YOUR OWN OR SHARING; MISDEMEANOR OR FELONY??


I cannot tell you how many police reports I have read that read something like this..."I was just taking this joint over to share with a friend" or "we were smoking a joint and then..


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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Typical Timeline of a Case in Michigan District Court

I am awaiting a resolution to my criminal matter in District Court. How long will it take, and what are the procedural milestones?

When facing criminal charges, the wait-time for a final resolution can seem like forever – particularly in the crowded Michigan district court system. If you are facing a misdemeanor criminal charge in Michigan district court, there is a general timeline your case will follow. With the help of a criminal defense attorney, you can be thoroughly prepared for the steps your case will take, which may help ease at least some of your stress and anxiety.

The first step following arrest for a felony or misdemeanor is known as an “arraignment.” This is the first court appearance, and occurs promptly after the arrest is made. For misdemeanors, defendants are typically permitted to post bond immediately – and be scheduled for an arraignment at a later date. At this point, the judge will explain the specifics of the crime charged, and will discuss whether a court-appointed attorney needs to be made available.

During the next step, misdemeanor criminal defendants will attend a pretrial hearing known as the “pretrial examination.” At this stage, the accused will enter a plea of “guilty” or “not guilty,” and the judge may immediately enter a sentence against a defendant who opts to plead guilty. For those choosing to plead not guilty, a trial date will be set at this hearing.

Assuming the defendant has pleaded not guilty, both sides (prosecution and defense) will prepare for the upcoming trial. As time progresses, the prosecution may offer a plea bargain, which the defendant is under no obligation to accept. Once the trial date arrives, the prosecution will work to prove each element of the misdemeanor criminal charge, and the defense will combat these allegations with various defensive strategies depending on the unique facts of the case.

If you have been charged with a crime in any Michigan District Court, immediately call the Law Offices of Martin Lievois for crucial advice as to how to proceed.  In Troy Michigan at 248-419-1566.

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