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In Michigan, habitual offender enhancements are significant legal stipulations that can dramatically increase the severity of sentencing for individuals with prior felony convictions. When someone is charged with a felony and has previous felonies on their record, these enhancements can lead to longer prison terms and more stringent penalties. Understanding the implications of these provisions is crucial for anyone facing charges under them. At Michigan Defense Law, our team of skilled Oakland County criminal defense lawyers is deeply familiar with the habitual offender laws in Michigan. We are committed to protecting the rights of our clients by offering comprehensive legal...
Posted in: Criminal Defense
In most states, the law that prohibits drunk or drugged driving is referred to as a DUI, or driving under the influence. However, in Michigan, slightly different terminology is used to refer to these charges. In Michigan Vehicle Code section 257.625, lawmakers lay out the different types of Michigan drunk driving offenses. If you have been charged with drunk driving in Oakland County, it is important to speak with an Oakland County DUI lawyer today. Contact us at (248) 451-2200 to schedule a consultation. What is Considered an OWI in Oakland County? An OWI, or Operating While Intoxicated, is the...
Posted in: Criminal Defense
Is it mandatory for police in Michigan to obtain a warrant before conducting a blood draw on a DUI/OWI suspect? According to Michigan law (MCL 257.625a), individuals under 21 can be charged with OWI based on any detectable alcohol level in their blood, breath, or urine, while those 21 and older must have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. Although breathalyzer tests are commonly used by Michigan police officers to determine a driver’s BAC, officers might also opt for a blood test. Is a warrant necessary for law enforcement officers to compel a blood test from a...
The majority of times in a domestic violence, one or both of the parties have been drinking alcohol. It’s rare to see drugs as the cause of anger. In fact, drugs are less often involved in domestic violence cases than just two sober people who get into an argument, but alcohol is very frequently involved. Sometimes it makes the case worse, and sometimes it doesn’t because we are able to convince the court that there is not an alcohol problem there, but for a particular situation combined with the use of alcohol, this never would occur. Alcohol can make the...
Posted in: Drug Crimes, DWI
If you have been convicted of a felony in Oakland County, you will lose your right to possess a firearm both at the state and federal levels. Under Michigan Penal Code Act 328, Section 750.224f, you will not be allowed to “possess, use, transport, sell, purchase, carry, ship, receive, or distribute a firearm in this state” until certain conditions are met.  Getting the help of a skilled expungement attorney to represent you and protect your rights is important. If you’re in Oakland County and need a lawyer for expungement, Paul J. Tafelski, a top-rated Oakland County expungement attorney, may be...
Posted in: Expungements
Michigan’s stringent laws against driving with a suspended license can pull drivers into a web of legal troubles, each more problematic than the last. A suspended license casts a long shadow over your daily life, from limiting your ability to commute to impacting your standing in professional circles. The consequences extend beyond the immediate legal penalties, potentially affecting your insurance premiums, job prospects, and financial stability due to hefty fines and the specter of civil litigation. In these critical moments, the guidance of a seasoned Oakland County criminal defense attorney from Michigan Defense Law becomes an indispensable asset. Our legal...
Posted in: Criminal Defense, DWI
When it comes to navigating the intricacies of Michigan’s legal statutes, particularly those surrounding property crimes, understanding the layers of breaking and entering laws is paramount. In Michigan, breaking and entering is not just a singular action; it can range from unauthorized entry into a structure to entering with the intention of committing a felony or theft. Actions as seemingly innocuous as slipping through an unlocked door or as overt as smashing a window can set the stage for breaking and entering charges. The offense becomes more severe when coupled with the intent to commit a crime. Whether you find...
Understanding the distinctions between no-contact orders, protection orders, and restraining orders is critical, especially for those who find themselves on the receiving end of one. These orders, while often mentioned interchangeably, serve different purposes and are governed by unique sets of laws. The nuances of each can affect not just the immediate freedom of the recipient but also have long-term legal implications. If you or someone you know in Michigan is facing the complexities of a no-contact order, protection order, or restraining order, it is essential to seek experienced legal counsel. A skilled Michigan criminal defense attorney can help clients...
Posted in: Criminal Defense
When you are charged with operating while intoxicated (OWI) in Michigan, there is a good chance you will be put on probation as part of your OWI sentencing. Typically, one requirement of OWI probation is that you abstain from consuming alcoholic beverages. Michigan employs a number of techniques to determine if you have been drinking in violation of your probation. One method is random breathalyzer tests. Unfortunately, breath tests are not always reliable and you may face a probation revocation hearing on the basis of faulty results from a breath test. If you find yourself facing drunk driving offenses, it...
Posted in: DWI
Being charged with operating while intoxicated or driving under the influence (OWI/DUI) in Michigan can be a confusing and challenging time. Even the refusal of a chemical test or aggressive driving behaviors can result in additional DUI charges being filed against you. An individual can face a lot of uncertainty especially if they are not familiar with the process and do not have the help of an experienced OWI defense attorney. At Michigan Defense Law, our team of experienced Michigan DUI attorneys can help you understand your rights. Top-rated Michigan attorney Paul J. Tafelski has provided quality legal assistance and...
Posted in: DWI

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