The consequences for a drunk driving offense are cumulative. If your second drunk driving arrest was within seven years of your first conviction, then you will receive an enhanced sentence. Your third offense, no matter how old your previous offenses are, will result in a felony with mandatory jail time. Even if not sentenced to jail, the consequences are severe, and include license sanctions, drivers responsibility fees and hundreds of hours of community service. That's why it's so important to fight every DUI charge.
Immediate legal representation is essential to protect your driver's license and your criminal record. If you were arrested for DUI in Michigan, contact the metro Detroit law offices of Coppins Law Group, PLLC.
Being charged with drunk driving does NOT make you guilty. Our DUI defense lawyers will aggressively investigate the circumstances of your case in order to get the charges dropped or reduced. We defend clients in both the criminal case and the administrative hearing before the Driver Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD) at the Michigan Secretary of State office.
Talk to an attorney immediately. Call 800-452-1761 to schedule a free initial consultation. We provide strong, aggressive defense for clients in Macomb County, Oakland County, Wayne County and throughout Michigan.
Most defense attorneys automatically attempt to plead you down to "driving while impaired," which is a lesser offense. We do not. We look at all the evidence and prepare a comprehensive defense strategy. At Coppins Law Group, PLLC, our attorneys adhere to the principle that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Often the evidence is simply not there to prove the case. We vigorously examine the circumstances of the stop and the evidence against you, including:
Some people make the mistake of refusing to submit to the Breathalyzer test. They have a false impression that if there is no evidence against them they cannot lose their license. The truth is, under Michigan law by having a driver's license you have given implied consent that you will submit to a Breathalyzer at the police station. If you refuse to do so, you will lose your license for a year (two years for a second refusal). Furthermore, the police will obtain a search warrant to draw your blood at a local hospital, which will be used in lieu of a breath sample (and is not as easily challenged).
It's generally better to take the test and then hire an experienced Detroit DUI lawyer to fight the charges.
While your license may have been revoked for one year, two years, or five years, getting it back is not as simple as waiting out your sentence. You must go to a hearing before the DAAD in order to get it back. Our DUI defense lawyers represent people in license restoration hearings.
A Michigan drunk driving arrest is often accompanied by misdemeanor charges for other traffic violations, such as reckless driving, driving on a suspended or revoked license, or speeding. Even if you are not found guilty of the DUI, you could still face drivers license suspension and exorbitant Driver Responsibility fees because of these traffic violations. Having a traffic ticket on your record can increase your insurance costs by as much as 30 percent, or more, even for zero point tickets (even zero point tickets appear on your driving record). The defense lawyers from Coppins Law Group can work with you to reduce or eliminate points for most traffic violations. We may be able to keep the ticket off your record completely. For civil infractions we offer a money-back guarantee if we can't reduce the original ticket.
Being arrested on a Michigan drunk driving charge is a frightening and intimidating situation. At Coppins Law Group, we fight hard to keep you out of jail and to protect your driver's license.