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Why Hire A Grand Rapids DUI Lawyer?
You need an experienced DUI attorney who knows the law and has the resources to challenge police procedures and forensic evidence they have against you. The Law Office of Daisy Benavidez has represented DUI clients in Grand Rapids for more than 10 years. We have a solid track record when it comes to reduced sentences, dismissals, and acquittals.
As a DUI attorney I have the knowledge and experience to help you avoid the worst possible consequences of these charges and can help you get your life back on track. Don't let a DUI or OWI charge ruin your life - seek my help today.
Criminal Penalty For Drunk Driving In Grand Rapids, MI
Operating with a High Blood Alcohol Content
If you are caught driving with a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher, you will be charged with DUI. If you are caught driving with a BAC of 0.17 percent or higher, you will be charged with high DUI. If you are under the age of 21 and have a BAC of 0.02 percent or higher, you will be charged with zero tolerance DUI.
The penalties for DUI depend on whether there have been prior DUI convictions within a certain time period.
First offense DUI charges can result in a fine of up to $300 and up to 93 days in jail. Your license may also be suspended for six months.
Operating While intoxicated – 2nd Offense
If you have had one prior DUI conviction within the past seven years, you may be fined between $200 and $1,000 and sentenced to five days to one year in jail. Your license may also be revoked for one year.
Operating While Intoxicated – 3rd Offense
If you have two or more prior DUI convictions, you may be fined between $500 and $5,000 and sentenced to 30 days to five years in jail. Your license may also be revoked for two years. If you refused to submit to a chemical test, your license may be revoked for one year. If you have had one prior refusal within the past seven years, your license may be revoked for two years. If you have had two or more prior refusals, your license may be revoked for three years.
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Representing Commercial Drivers Charged With A DUI In Michigan
Commercial drivers are subject to a lower bodily alcohol content (BAC) limit in order to be considered legally drunk. In Michigan, this limit is .04 percent compared to .08 percent for other drivers. If a CDL holder refuses to take a breath test, or if they consume alcohol while operating a commercial vehicle or within four hours prior, they could be immediately placed out-of-service for 24 hours.
These harsh penalties highlight how seriously Michigan takes CDL violations, and underscores the importance of complying with all CDL regulations.
DUI and Child Endangerment
Under state Child Protection Laws, any cases involving child neglect are required to be reported to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) by law enforcement officials.
Neglect is defined as any action committed by a parent, guardian, or another adult which harms or threatens to harm the child. Reports of child endangerment associated with OWI charges could impact your rights in child custody proceedings in divorce cases, along with your ability to adopt a child in Michigan.
Challenging traffic stops that led to OWI/DUI arrests may be one way to avoid some of the more serious consequences associated with these types of charges. If you have been accused of driving while under the influence, it is important to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you navigate the legal process and protect your rights.
Challenging Traffic Stops In Grand Rapids DUI - OWI Arrests
For example, an officer may not have had probable cause to believe that a crime was being committed, or the stop may have been unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment.
An experienced DUI/OWI attorney will know how to challenge the stop in court and exclude any evidence that was obtained as a result of the stop. This can be crucial to winning your case.
We've all been there. You're driving along, minding your own business, when you see those bright lights in your rearview mirror. Officer Friendly is pulling you over, but you have no idea why. Is this legal?
As it turns out, there are countless reasons an officer can legally initiate a traffic stop – from a broken taillight to speeding to swerving – but that doesn't mean police have a blank check to initiate stops. Probable cause is an objective (as opposed to subjective) standard, and your DUI/ OWI defense lawyer may consider filing a motion to suppress if evidence of probable cause is weak.
For example, when police receive 911 calls about a suspected drunk driver, your defense lawyer will carefully examine the content of the audio and transcripts because absent the officer's corroboration of those allegations (which can be anonymous), there may well have been a lack of probable cause.
In other words, just because you were pulled over doesn't mean the stop was legal. If you believe your rights were violated during a traffic stop, be sure to contact an experienced DUI/ OWI defense lawyer who can review the facts of your case and determine whether or not grounds exist to challenge the stop.
In Michigan, the consequences of a DUI conviction can be quite serious and life changing. You need an experienced DUI attorney who knows the law and has the resources to challenge police procedures and forensic evidence they have against you.
The Law Office of Daisy Benavidez has represented DUI clients in Grand Rapids for more than 10 years. We have a solid track record when it comes to reduced sentences, dismissals, and acquittals.
Call us now for a free consultation so we can review your case and help you determine your best course of action moving forward.
Real Estate Litigation
Fortunately, many individuals and companies never need a real estate litigation attorney, but if you do need one, you will want the absolute best.
Real estate litigation involves high stakes, whether it is landlord-tenant dispute, zoning issues, boundary disputes, or another issue. These disputes can get messy and extremely technical, so you need an attorney with intimate knowledge of property law.
We have extensive experience in aggressively representing our clients to resolve disputes in their favor through negotiation, or in court when necessary.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I hire an attorney to help with a real estate purchase or sale?
A real estate attorney can help you manage all the complexities of the transaction. They can conduct deed and title reviews, review and explain documents, and protect your legal interests to avoid costly mistakes or unnecessary delays.
Do I really need to purchase title insurance?
We recommend you do, to protect yourself from serious financial loss. We will do a title search at the start of the sale, but there could be problems with the seller’s right to sell the property that the seller was not aware of or chose not to disclose. Title insurance is relatively inexpensive and protects you against
What are some situations that could result in real estate litigation?
You may need an attorney for issues such as boundary disputes, homeowners association disputes, construction defects and delays, property defects, breaches of contract, or landlord-tenant disputes. In many cases, we can help you resolve these issues through negotiation without going to court but that is not always the case.
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