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What Is the Difference Between DUI, OWI, OWPD, and OWVI Charges in Michigan? Throughout the country, some common acronyms are used to denote drunk driving. The most common are DUI or driving under the influence, or DWI, driving while intoxicated. And while these are more well-known throughout the country and often commonly used here in Michigan as well, the actual legal terms are more focused.  If you’ve been arrested, call to speak with a Michigan DUI lawyer today at (248) 451-2200. In Michigan, we have various levels of impaired driving offenses. What you are charged with will depend on many...
Posted in: Criminal Defense
For many people, their first contact with the criminal justice system happens when they are charged with drunk driving. When someone is stopped for suspicion of drunk driving or DUI, they often become extremely nervous and overly chatty. They may think that they can talk the police officer into letting them go, or that being cooperative and doing all roadside tests will convince the police not to arrest them. Most people simply do not know their rights or know what to do when pulled over by the police on suspicion of drunk driving. If you are stopped for suspicion of...
Posted in: Drunk Driving
If you have been convicted of a felony in Michigan, 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 an experienced expungement attorney to represent you and protect your rights is important. Paul J. Tafelski, a top-rated Michigan expungement attorney, may be able to help you restore your right to gun ownership and provide a...
Posted in: Expungements
Anyone accused of a crime in the United States has the right to an attorney if they face jail time. That includes anyone charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated under Michigan law. As anyone who has watched a crime-related TV show knows, part of the famous Miranda warnings includes the statement: “if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you,” or something to that effect. If the court determines you are indigent you will have the right to a court appointed attorney.  However, the court will ultimately charge you some fee for use of the...
Posted in: Drunk Driving
When served with a restraining order—sometimes referred to as a personal protection order (PPO)—one must refrain from contact with a specific person. An order contains detailed information regarding prohibited actions and behaviors concerning the person seeking protection. Any violation of the restraining order results in serious consequences under Michigan law. A simple slip-up can land you in jail, cost you fines, or possibly both. If you’re charged with violating a restraining order, contact a Michigan criminal defense lawyer without delay. Types of Restraining Orders A restraining order is a court order for one person to stop violence or threats against...
Posted in: Criminal Defense
Recently, a state appellate court issued a written opinion in a Michigan sex assault case discussing the defendant’s challenge to the lower court’s finding that he waived his rights before taking a polygraph test. The case highlights the importance of speaking with a Michigan criminal defense attorney before agreeing to speak with detectives or give up any of your rights when you could face serious allegations. The Facts of the Case According to the court’s opinion, detectives suspected the defendant of sexually assaulting his daughter. During their investigation, detectives asked the defendant if he would take a polygraph test, otherwise...
Posted in: Sex Crimes
Interviewer: How does someone violate probation? Some Alcohol-Related Conviction Require Random Testing as a Condition of Probation Paul Tafelski: Let me give an example involving a drunk-driving case. Let’s say you get put on probation for drunk driving and one of the terms of probation is that you’re not allowed to use alcohol and you have to take random breath tests. With random breath tests, you usually have to call a phone number every morning and listen to a recorded message. You will be assigned a certain color, and if your color is announced on that message, then you have...
Posted in: Criminal Defense
Can People Recover from a Domestic Violence Charge? Ask Our Bloomfield Hills Domestic Violence Lawyers. Most of the time, people will recover and move on with their lives. Life goes on, no matter what, so you are going to move on with your life one way or another. Most of the time for people who are stuck in the court system, especially people who are not used to being in trouble, it’s the anxiety and the stress that goes along with the unknown and the fear of what might happen and how things might turn out for the worst, and...
If you have been convicted of a crime in Michigan, you may already understand how it adversely impacts your life even after you have completed your sentence.  In the United States, nine out of 10 employers, four out of five landlords, and three out of five colleges screen out applicants with criminal records through publicly accessed background checks. Consequently, a criminal record can still remain a serious barrier even for those who have paid their debt, remained conviction-free, and want to move on with their lives. It is important to speak with a qualified Michigan expungement attorney before making any...
Posted in: Criminal Defense
There can be no doubt that domestic violence is a serious matter under Michigan’s Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Act. However, you are in a very difficult position if the allegations against you are untrue, exaggerated, or based upon ulterior motives. Unfortunately, false accusations of domestic abuse are more common than you think. They are particularly prevalent in divorce or custody cases when one party is trying to gain an advantage in court. Even when you know you are innocent, anger, frustration, and despair may take the place of logic. Do not allow your emotions get the best of you...

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