Operating Under the Influence (OUI) is also known as Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). By any label, it’s among the most common bases of criminal cases in our entire nation. Consequently, many people make a far worse mistake of failing to appreciate the severe potential consequences until it’s much too late.
My firm specializes in aggressively defending all offenses involving Operating While Intoxicated or Visibly Impaired by Alcohol or Controlled Substances. If you are charged with drunk driving, you need an experienced, hardworking attorney to advise you on all of the ramifications of your charge and the best possible way to resolve your case
Besides high fines, lengthy driving privileges suspension and even jail time, a DUI conviction has many collateral consequences that last your entire lifetime. For instance, a DUI conviction may cost you your current job and lost employability in the same career – even permanent ineligibility for some professional licenses. Not to mention a high car insurance rate that may equate to walking for five years additionally.
Given such high stakes, having a skilled legal ally is highly advised to help fight DUI charges. The Birmingham, Michigan Law Firm of Robert J. Morad, PLLC, can assist you with:
•Understanding all pending charges and your legal rights
•Detecting procedural defects (such as no probable cause for arrest)
•Deciding which legal defense(s) best suits case-specific facts.
Whether a first-time, third or even fourth DUI charge, prompt action is vital to protect your future and valuable liberties. Call (248) 646-2920 or submit the brief form below for a prompt response.
If you’re facing felony or misdemeanor charges, the Law Offices of Robert J. Morad can help you work through this very challenging time. You will have my personal attention on your case and we will discuss your options so you can make an informed decision as to how the case should be resolved. Whether it be through a trial or a plea bargain, I will guide you through the process until the case is closed. I handle all felonies and misdemeanors including: Arson, Assaults, Breaking and Entering, Controlled Substances, Disorderly Conduct, DV, Drug Crimes, Drunk Driving, Embezzlement, Home Invasion, Larceny and Fraud, Marijuana, Property Crimes, Resisting Arrest, Retail Fraud, Traffic Tickets, Uttering Publishing, Weapons Offenses, Violations of Probation, Expungements and License Restorations.
Birmingham, Michigan Felony Criminal Defense
After evaluating the facts and applicable law during initial consultation, I’ll make specific recommendations and begin preparations for a strong legal defense against pending felony charges during your trial in Birmingham, Michigan Criminal Court. But disposing of charges long before then is the ideal outcome. This can be done by plea bargaining or pretrial motions that may lead to complete dismissal of all pending charges.
For instance, evidence obtained without a search warrant or probable cause may be ruled inadmissible against the defendant at trial. Depending on specific facts, this can render the state prosecutor’s entire case moot as a practical matter.
Likewise, technicalities such as proper interpretation of statutory provisions in specific factual scenarios may win acquittal even if actions or facts are indisputable. A prime example is ‘constructive’ drug possession charges based on no evidence except the defendant’s presence at some location and time with no actual knowledge of or participation in any crime. Another common scenario is DUI charges dismissed solely because results generated by mis-calibrated breathalyzers are unreliable and thus not usable as evidence to convict a defendant. In any case, a felony conviction carries serious far-reaching negative consequences beyond the immediate devastating impact. Loss of civil rights, like bearing arms or voting, as well as inability to gain employment are severe collateral penalties.
Thus, anyone charged with a felony in Birmingham, Michigan should immediately obtain assistance from a criminal defense lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Rob Morad, PLLC, at (248) 646-2920 or fill out the short contact form below to receive a fast reply.
Birmingham, Michigan Misdemeanor Criminal Defense
Generally speaking, a ‘misdemeanor’ is any crime that carries a maximum penalty of 12 months or less in jail time. Consequently, many people facing misdemeanor charges don’t take the matter seriously and end up in worse trouble than they first believed would result. Misdemeanor convictions have collateral consequences that can be far more severe than the criminal sentence imposed. For instance, first-time DUIs are classified as misdemeanors but may result in losing your job and rendering you permanently unemployable in the same career – even ineligible for some professional licenses. A misdemeanor prostitution conviction automatically bars the defendant from gaining employment with any federal government agency for life. Likewise, misdemeanor drug convictions trigger ineligibility to receive federal student financial aid for one year to life, depending on total number of offenses.
Besides government, many private employers in Birmingham, MI, disqualify applicants with any type of criminal history. This is especially true of sensitive positions in child care, law enforcement and financial services. In addition, some landlords don’t accept tenants with misdemeanor drug or sexual convictions. Moreover, the adverse economic impact of misdemeanor convictions can be harsh with high fines that require lengthy community service, financial hardship or the inability to drive a car due to exorbitant insurance rates or driver’s license reinstatement fees. Several convictions for the same misdemeanor crime within a specific period of time result in the last being enhanced to a felonious offense.
For these reasons, it’s vital for anyone charged with a misdemeanor in Birmingham, Michigan to consult qualified legal counsel immediately. Call Rob Morad at (248) 646-2920 or provide your contact details below and a trained professional will reply right away.