There are many mistakes that can be made in an Operating While Intoxicated case, which can lead to a negative case outcome for a client in Michigan. How you handle your case throughout every stage will directly determine the results you are able to achieve, and every detail from the DUI lawyer you choose to the way you present yourself in court could be critical. Grabel & Associates is committed to helping clients avoid common mistakes and wrongful conviction, and for over a decade we have been assisting clients statewide in DUI and OWI investigations, trials, license hearings, and more.
Contact Grabel & Associates now from anywhere in Michigan and begin fighting OWI conviction. Read on to learn more about some of the mistakes that DUI clients frequently make and how our firm can help you avoid these errors.
The first mistakes drivers sometimes make is waiting to hire a lawyer, or hiring the wrong lawyer. It is crucial to work with an attorney who not only has extensive experience working in criminal courts, but OWI-specific training and experience working with clients who have been accused of drunk driving. Always check lawyer rankings and review your options before you hire an attorney, and never speak to police before you are able to secure competent legal representation. At Grabel & Associates, all our lawyers are rated in The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Michigan, and founding attorney Scott Grabel has been ranked in the American Society of Legal Advocates Top 100 Lawyers and the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys Top 10 Defense Attorneys in Michigan. Scott Grabel also has an Avvo rating of 10, and over a decade of experience working with clients in Lansing, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and statewide.
Oftentimes, drivers assume that all lawyers know the same strategies and so hiring the cheapest lawyer is the best strategy. This could not be further from the truth, and in many cases can directly lead to a negative case result.
It is important to keep in mind that most lawyers are trained to sell their services, and if you don’t look into attorney ratings and ask court staff and other legal professionals, you could end up choosing a lawyer who doesn’t truly have the skill required to get you the best possible result.
Another mistake people make is thinking that just because OWI charges are so frequent, they aren’t taken seriously by legislators and judges. No matter who you are or what connections you think you have, you could face jail time, fines, license suspension, and a criminal record if convicted of OWI, and it is critical to begin working with a lawyer as soon as you can.
Some people think that just because they have friends who are cops, lawyers, or judges, they can get a deal, however unless you have an attorney on your side who has connections, there isn’t much that can be done. The same goes for those who believe they can get off without much of a penalty because they are a doctor, CEO, or exemplary citizen. You will face serious criminal penalties and need to fight back with an experienced defense attorney.
There are a number of other important considerations in drunk driving cases, including your actions during trial and bargaining. First, you should never take the prosecutor’s advice, no matter how much they make it seem like they are trying to get you a good deal. The prosecutor’s job is to convict you, and they will do whatever they can to punish you as quickly and easily as possible. With an experienced defense lawyer on your side, you will have someone you can trust to guide you through the process
It is critical that you never miss a court deadline or appearance, and as crazy it at may sound, it is very important never to show up to court drunk or hung over. These mistakes are made way more frequently than they should be, and can immediately lose your case for you. In addition, many people forego rehab or AA meetings because they believe they don’t have an alcohol problem, when regardless it is often very helpful throughout your case, especially for a repeat offender.
One of the most critical errors to avoid is not telling your lawyer everything, because he or she needs to be prepared for whatever you will face in trial. That is why it is important to work with a skilled attorney who you can trust, and to begin working together as soon as possible so that your criminal defense representative has an opportunity to look into every detail of your case.
Contact Grabel & Associates at 1-800-342-7896 now for a free initial case consultation or contact us online. We are available 24/7 to begin working with you in your OWI or DUI case.