Michigan’s drunk driving laws are among the country’s toughest and carry steep penalties. That’s why you need the best Michigan DUI defense lawyer. In Michigan, a DUI – or in other terms, an OWI – is a misdemeanor or a felony depending on whether this is an individual’s first, second, or third offense.
If you’ve been charged with an OWI in Michigan, you need a skilled DUI defense lawyer to get your charges reduced or dismissed. As you start your search, you need to know what factors can improve your chances of finding the best DUI lawyer in Michigan.
Below are five key factors in hiring the best lawyer for your DUI case.
A great DUI lawyer understands the evidence in their client’s case. These lawyers know how to assess standardized and non-standardized field sobriety tests. as well as chemical sobriety tests used to show the level of a suspect’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC).
Standardized Field Sobriety Tests are a set of three tests performed during a traffic stop to determine if a driver is intoxicated. The three tests are as follows:
Non-standardized Field Sobriety Tests are often used by officers to prove whether they have “probable cause” to arrest a suspect for a DUI. These tests are not recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, and include:
Ultimately, a skilled DUI defense lawyer knows how to review field sobriety tests to determine whether they were administered properly or not.
Expert DUI Defense: Ready to Get Started?
An experienced DUI attorney also understands chemical sobriety testing firsthand. These tests include:
A lawyer understands that these tests are often flawed and the scientific effects of drugs and alcohol on the body. Therefore, they can use this to prove or disprove the forensic evidence in a case. If a DUI defense lawyer can’t understand the science behind DUI arrests, then they can’t defend you.
Barton Morris is Michigan’s only forensic lawyer-scientist. According to the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information, a:
“Forensic lawyer-scientist is one who uses validated and legitimate science for the benefit of justice. These are lawyers who study the science and apply it legitimately in the courtroom. They expose invalid or non-validated science and use valid science in the courtroom. They don’t use smoke and mirrors techniques of old and embrace the science for the benefit of their clients.”
It’s extremely important to hire a lawyer who has a solid reputation among prosecutors and judges. A DUI lawyer’s ultimate goal is to get the charges against you reduced or dismissed. However, this is only possible if a prosecutor respects a defense attorney enough to negotiate a plea deal.
Prosecutors almost always goes for the maximum allowable sentence for DUI offenses. They expect to win, since there are very few reasons to negotiate with a defense attorney.
However, the threat of a jury trial handled by a skilled DUI defense attorney with significant experience winning OWI jury trials will drive them to negotiate. While very few defense lawyers have tried more than five OWI cases to a jury, Barton Morris has tried more than 30 OWI cases in his career.
A good DUI lawyer will also have stellar reviews. Clients use multiple platforms such as Google, Avvo, and Facebook to provide feedback on their experience with lawyers. DO NOT trust an attorney with no or poor client reviews on platforms such as Google and Avvo. Barton Morris is rated 10/10 by Avvo, holds a 4.7/5 rating on Facebook and a 4.5/5 rating on Google.
Get A FREE DUI Case Evaluation and Consultation
This is a FREE, no-obligation, $500 offer.
Get Started NowSpeak With Our Team
Your information is safe with us. It will not be shared with anyone and will only be used by our team to screen your eligibility.
Winning law firms use a team approach to achieve the best results for their clients. From the initial client interview to the attorney’s investigation of evidence and ultimately the jury trial; a good law firm utilizes its entire team to provide winning representation.
All of our lawyers, paralegals, and administrative assistants are trained individually by Barton Morris, as everyone holds an important role in handling your case. This will ensure that your case receives heightened attention and that nothing gets missed.
Finally, a good Michigan DUI defense lawyer will be confident, yet realistic. Using their thorough understanding of the evidence and any applicable defenses, they’ll inform you of the best outcome for your case based on your individual goals and be prepared to fight for them.
But their confidence won’t be used as a weapon to manipulate you or the court. They won’t offer you false platitudes just to get your money. Instead, they will be realistic about your case and the possible outcomes.
Ultimately, these are the five most important things to consider when hiring a lawyer for your DUI case. We understand that you’re scared, and that the outcome of your DUI case will be life-changing. Should you hire our firm, we’ll do everything in our power to earn a result that doesn’t disrupt your life or the life of your family. This is what makes us the best DUI defense lawyers in Michigan.
Get A Free DUI Case Evaluation and Consultation Detailing How We Can Help You Based On Your Case.
Start NowSpeak With Our Team
President of the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys Lead Award-Winning Team