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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...
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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...
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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...
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...
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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...
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Know that it’s very easy for a judge who is handling 50 cases per day to give you 90 days in jail instead of 30 days in jail. They won’t necessarily think twice about it, and they’re numb to the whole situation. They do it every day. Often, a good attorney can present the client in the best possible light. He can know that judge and know what to say and present to the judge. He can know how to coach the client to appear as well as possible to the specific judge to receive a potential of less jail...
Being issued a license in Michigan gives you driving privileges but it also carries certain responsibilities. One of these is the “implied consent” to submit to breath, blood, or urine tests if you’re suspected of driving under the influence (DUI). Refusal to comply with a chemical test can lead to severe penalties, including license suspension, irrespective of whether a DUI charge is substantiated. These implied consent laws can be challenging to understand, especially when dealing with charges related to test refusal or the repercussions of a DUI case. At Michigan Defense Law, our focus is on DUI cases. We are...
Probation is an alternative to jail for somebody who has been convicted of some type of criminal offense. The judge basically has a few choices when somebody is convicted as far as what the punishment should be. The first is to just put them in jail and forget about them. The second is to give them jail and the combination of probation or the third is probation only and by last chance, the last option and the least often imposed is simply a fine and no jail or probation. If you have been charged with violating probations, contact a reputable...
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Probation frequently includes numerous regulations, which often vary based on the type of crime for which you were convicted and the conditions determined by the court and your probation officer. If you are currently serving probation, you might be questioning what limitations you have, including your ability to travel. This question is particularly relevant for those who need to travel due to work obligations, family commitments, or for the enjoyment of a well-earned break. Navigating the specifics of probation and travel can be challenging, as it typically depends on individual situations. It is crucial to seek advice from a skilled...
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