Criminal Defense Attorney

Criminal Defense

The criminal defense attorneys at Lefkowitz Law Group aggressively defend clients facing misdemeanor charges throughout the state of Michigan. By contacting a criminal defense attorney early on - even before charges have been filed or warrants have been issued - you increase your chances of lessening charges, suppressing evidence or having your case dismissed. This also provides an opportunity for your criminal defense attorney to devise the most effective strategy in defending your accusation. Our attorneys will carefully examine whether any violation of constitutional rights has occurred, such as the right to due process and other freedoms guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment.

Lefkowitz Law Group handles the following types of Criminal Misdemeanors:

  • Drunk Driving Offenses: Driving Under the Influence (DUI's) and Operating While Intoxicated (OWI's)
  • Motor Vehicle Charges
  • Traffic Offenses
  • Expungement of Criminal Record
  • License Restoration after suspension or revocation

Defending a DUI in Michigan

Most people refer to drunk driving offenses as DUI's. There are many other names for drunk driving in addition to DUI these include OUI, OUIL, and UBAC but technically, in Michigan, the main drunk driving crimes are called Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) and Operating While Visibly Impaired (OWVI).

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Aggressively defending clients against Drunk Driving charges throughout Michigan.

Defending accusations of drunk driving in Michigan is a complex process. It takes a great deal of time and expertise in order to provide a superior level of legal representation for these charges, particularly when there is strong evidence against the driver. An experienced drunk driving attorney should understand the law, of course. But equally important is that the lawyer understands the science behind the tests that are administered by the police. This is why anyone charged with drunk driving needs an aggressive and knowledgeable defense attorney on their side. At Lefkowitz Law Group, our attorneys are experienced and willing to work hard, aggressively representing clients charged with drunk driving in Michigan. If you have been arrested for these crimes, call us to find out how we can help! We offer a free initial consultation.

Many people we speak with wonder why they should hire a lawyer if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above the legal limit of .08%. They believe there is nothing a defense attorney can do when the prosecutor is armed with that evidence against them. It is true that a BAC above the legal limit will likely be used against a defendant in court. However, if that evidence is suppressed by a legal challenge, the prosecutor's case against the defendant is significantly weakened and may be completely dismissed. There are a number of ways a good drunk driving lawyer can get BAC evidence suppressed in court, including proving that the officer made a mistake when administering the Preliminary Breath Test, DataMaster test, or blood test; or that the equipment was not calibrated correctly or was malfunctioning. Also, a defense attorney may be able to show that a poor performance on any Field Sobriety Test was not the result of intoxication, but of something else, such as weariness, illness, physical condition, uneven ground, restrictive clothing, weather, or high traffic volume in the area. No two cases are exactly alike and not every case has the potential for suppression of evidence. However, if you have been arrested for these crimes, call us to find out how we can help! We offer a free initial consultation.

Drunk driving and drugged driving in Michigan

In Michigan, it is illegal for a person to operate a motor vehicle while: (1) intoxicated or impaired due to the use of alcohol or drugs, (2) having a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or greater, or (3) having any presence of a Schedule 1 drug or Cocaine in his or her system. It is important to note that a person can have a BAC of less than .08% and still be prosecuted for drunk driving if the officer feels the person is driving in a manner that is impaired, which means below the reasonable abilities of a normal driver in that situation.

Penalties for drunk driving

The potential penalties for drunk driving and drugged driving depend on exactly which crime a defendant is convicted of, whether it be OWI, OWVI, OWPD, Under 21, Open Intoxicants, or Child Endangerment. Across the board, penalties may include driver's license sanctions, such as a restricted license, suspended license, or revoked license; jail or prison time; mandatory fines; ignition interlock; vehicle immobilization; community service; points on a driver's license; or probation. These penalties will likely increase if the driver caused serious injury or death to another person as a result of drunk or drugged driving

A person's first drunk or drugged driving offense is usually a misdemeanor. A second drunk or drugged driving offense within seven years of a first offense is also a misdemeanor. However, a third or subsequent drunk or drugged driving offense in a lifetime is a felony charge. Clearly, these charges are something to be taken seriously, especially after a first offense.

When a suspect is facing OWI or other drunk driving charges in Michigan, they need the help of a highly-skilled Michigan DUI Defense lawyer. There will be no one else in the courtroom or anywhere in the criminal process who will diligently work to protect your rights and safeguard your future except your criminal defense attorney. At Lefkowitz Law Group, our attorneys are experienced and willing to work hard, aggressively representing clients charged with drunk driving in Michigan. If you have been arrested for these crimes, call us to find out how we can help! We offer a free initial consultation.

Motor Vehicle Charges and Traffic Offenses

Michigan statutes encompass a long list of traffic violations. Every day thousands of drivers are ticketed for traffic violations in the state. While some traffic violations are civil infractions, others are classified as misdemeanors or felonies. Any of the following offenses can result in a ticket, fines and court costs, and/or a prison sentence, depending on the charges and circumstances:

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  • Exceeding the Speed Limit
  • Driving While Impaired by Alcohol / Drugs
  • Driving With a Suspended License
  • Driving With a Revoked License
  • Careless and Reckless Driving
  • Hit and Run / Leaving the Scene of an Accident
  • Driving Without Insurance / Insufficient Insurance
  • Driving after Consuming Alcohol, Driver Under 21 Years of Age
  • Driving With an Expired Registration
  • Failure to Stop at a Red Light, Stop Sign
  • Failure to Stop for a Siren
  • Failure to Stop for a School Bus
  • Failure to Yield a Right-of-Way
  • Failure to Carry Liability Insurance

When a police officer stops you for a traffic violation and issues a ticket, the traffic ticket forces you to make an appearance at a specified date and time in the county court where you were ticketed. For some offenses you can waive your right to appear in court by simply paying the court costs and fine prior to your court date. However, if you do so, you are admitting guilt, which may have an impact on both your driver's license and on your car insurance premiums. Therefore, it is always wise to speak with a qualified criminal defense lawyer to get legal advice and guidance before waiving your right to appear in court.

If you receive a ticket for violating traffic laws in Michigan, the assistance of a qualified attorney is invaluable. At Lefkowitz Law Group, when you seek our help we will ensure that you understand your rights, provide you with effective defense and make every effort to have your driving privileges restored. Our experienced attorneys will do everything possible to make a difference in the fine you pay, the points assessed, special programs you are required to attend, and whether or not your driver's license is suspended or revoked, as well as whether you spend time in jail.

Contact Experienced Traffic Ticket Defense Attorneys

To speak with qualified and experienced Michigan Traffic Ticket Lawyers, please call Lefkowitz Law Group at 248-559-0180. Our skilled lawyers provide legal advice and representation for clients in the Metropolitan Detroit area.

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To discuss any aspect of criminal defense, call (248) 559-0180 or e-mail us here to schedule a FREE initial consultation.

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