A Great Michigan DUI Defense Lawyer Must Have a Reputation for Expertly Trying DUI cases
Very few lawyers have tried more than five DUI cases to a jury. However, Barton Morris has tried more than 30. The reason is that it takes specialized knowledge to successfully try a DUI case. It isn’t like a shoplifting or assault case where the evidence is much easier to understand. DUI evidence is scientific and takes specific training to learn and effectively use in a trial. Consequently, very few lawyers can actually win a DUI case. It’s for this reason, prosecutors don’t think they will ever lose a DUI case against a lawyer who doesn’t have a reputation for, not only trying them, but also winning them.
Therefore, only DUI lawyers with a reputation for being DUI trial lawyers have a prosecutor’s attention and respect. It’s a well-known fact that an expert DUI lawyer will get plea bargains and results that are far better than others.
A Great Michigan DUI Defense Lawyer is Always Practicing
It’s not easy becoming a master at defending DUI cases. This is why there are not many lawyers who truly do it. It takes time, money, dedication and a passion for learning. Most lawyers don’t take the time necessary to be good because they are satisfied with being average. They can take a lot of DUI cases and pretend they know what they are doing. The truth is that they know very little.
Ask any lawyer you are thinking about hiring how a breath alcohol test works. Not very many will know or be able to explain even the basics. How can they then know how to beat it? The same thing can be said for a blood test or preliminary breath test (PBT). The best DUI lawyers are always learning how to be the best. There are only a couple places where this instruction has been given. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Barton Morris have been to all of them (and teach them).
The National College of DUI defense is the oldest and most prestigious DUI defense association in the country. They offer four highly regarded courses every year. Every spring, they put on Mastering Scientific Evidence at the Royal Sonesta Bourbon Street in New Orleans. The fact that they devote an entire seminar every year only on scientific evidence for DUI cases demonstrates how important scientific evidence is in a DUI case.
Every summer, NCDD has seminar at Harvard Law School, which is their highlight of the year. These are three day courses with instruction from morning until evening. Every fall, there is the DUI seminar in Las Vegas, which they host alongside the National Criminal Defense College (NCDC).
Refused to Take a Test to Determine Your BAC? Act Within 14 Days or Lose Your License
Michigan has a law called Implied Consent. This means all drivers are considered to have given their consent to a chemical test to determine your bodily alcohol content (BAC) using your breath, blood or urine.
According to the Secretary of State’s Office:
“If you refuse a test, six points will be added to your driver record and your license, or non-resident operating privilege, will be suspended for one year. A suspension of a license, or non-resident operating privilege, is automatic for any refusal to submit to the test. This is a separate consequence from any subsequent convictions resulting from the traffic stop.
“If you are arrested a second time in seven years and again unreasonably refuse the test, six points will be added to your driver record and your license, or non-resident operating privilege, will be suspended for two years.
“If you refuse to take the test under the Implied Consent Law or if the test shows your BAC is 0.08 or more, your Michigan driver’s license will be destroyed by the officer and you will be issued a 625g paper permit to drive until your case is resolved in court.
“The Implied Consent suspension may be appealed to the Administrative Hearings Section. The request for hearing must be mailed within 14 days of the date of arrest or your operator’s or chauffeur’s license and vehicle group designation or operating privilege will be automatically suspended.“
Here’s the bottom line: You need to act immediately if you refused to take a chemical test. Your license will be suspended within 14 days. You have no time to waste. Request a free consultation with one of our attorneys immediately so we can help to save you driver’s license and fight your OWI charge.