Being arrested for drunk driving is an unexpected and often traumatic experience. Individuals charged with or convicted of impaired and intoxicated driving are often stigmatized and portrayed as irresponsible, dangerous criminals; however, the truth is that the people faced with these charges are often everyday, law-abiding citizens who simply made a mistake.
When law enforcement officers and state prosecutors try to paint you as a criminal, you need an experienced attorney on your side who understands your situation and can guide you through the process with compassion and empathy.
The Barone Defense Firm is focused on helping people win back their lives. That means restoring your life to the way it was prior to the problems that led to your arrest and, wherever possible, making it as if the drunk driving charge never occurred.
Our state’s drunk driving laws are spelled out in section 257.625 of the Michigan Vehicle Code. Like most legal documents, these laws are written in complex and technical language that can be difficult to decipher.
Among the most important elements of this section are the legal limits for alcohol intoxication which is typically determined based on an individual’s blood alcohol content or BAC levels. The legal limit in Michigan for a driver over the age of 21 is 0.08 and can be determined through the use of chemical testing including breath, blood, or urine.
Beyond these initial elements, this section of the code also details the penalties associated with these charges. Though the specific punishments will depend on a number of individual case factors, a person convicted of impaired or intoxicated driving can typically expect jail time, fines and court costs, as well as some type of driver’s license sanction.
At the Barone Defense Firm, we believe that a lawyer is called “Attorney and Counselor” for a reason. We embrace our roles as counselors by carefully interviewing clients in order to better individualize their cases for the prosecutor and judge.
This also helps us identify lifestyle patterns that may have led to the drunk driving arrest, as well as other needs, feelings and fears that the client may be experiencing. We do this because every case is unique, and we want to help guide our clients through this tumultuous and uncertain time.
Because we approach each client as an individual and not just a case number, we are interested in treating the “whole patient”—not just the symptom. This means that we want to know what is going on in your life that caused the OWI arrest in the first place. In some cases, a person may be battling underlying issues, such as alcohol or drug addiction. In these situations, we can help identify the need and assist in obtaining the proper treatment so that our client can begin the road to recovery.
While our record of results speaks for itself, it is not up to us to determine what a “successful” outcome will look like in your case. During the initial interview process, our attorneys will discuss your goals for the case and how you will define success given your unique situation. It is then our job to reach these goals and obtain a favorable outcome for you.
We offer flexible payment plans to suit our clients’ budgets. Additionally, our attorneys offer free, confidential one-hour case consultations in person or over the phone. Even if you don’t hire us, we want to hear your story and help you in any way we can.
WARNING! MICHIGAN 14 DAY LIMIT – If you refused to take a breath, blood or urine test after being arrested for Driving Under the Influence, OWI/OWVI, or another drinking related charge in Michigan, your license may be at risk of being suspended if you do not take appropriate action to demand an administrative hearing within 14 days after your arrest. Get more information about saving your driver’s license NOW before it’s too late.
Facing adversity can be a devastating experience for any individual. The ability to overcome it is a quality that is valued by this firm. That is the reason for why we are proud to announce the inaugural Barone Defense Firm Win Back Your Life Scholarship.
This scholarship will be given to a student who is able to elaborate upon a time in which they have stayed strong through a period of great hardship within a personal essay. The lessons learned and personal growth from the experience should be included as well. The deserving applicant will be awarded $500 towards their academic future.
To qualify initially, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is necessary. The essay should be around 750 words, written in Times New Roman 12-point font, and free of grammatical errors. Each applicant, along with the essay, must also submit an updated resume.