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About the AuthorAttorney Patrick Barone is well-known and well respected throughout the legal community. As a professor, guest speaker and author he shares his knowledge of drunk-driving defense with lawyers and judges to help them better understand this complex area of law.

Can I Legally Use Marijuana in Canada then Drive Home to Michigan?

Jun 27th, 2018 DUI Drug Charges Marijuana Laws

No. Using Marijuana lawfully in Canada puts you at risk of an intoxicated driving charge in Michigan. This is true even though Canada recently passed new federal laws effectively making it legal...

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How Much Will a DUI Lawyer Cost?

Jun 26th, 2018 DUI Defense DUI Enforcement DUI Trials OWI

There is at least a ten-fold difference in the amounts Michigan lawyers charge to handle a first offense drunk driving case. Fees usually start at around $1,500.00 for a newer less experienced...

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Michigan DUI/OWI and Staying Out of Jail

Jun 19th, 2018 DUI DUI Penalties OWI

Even a person convicted of a first offense DUI/OWI in Michigan with no prior record faces the possibility of up to 93 days in jail, and judges in some courts are well...

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The Steps in a Michigan DUI/OWI Case

Jun 18th, 2018 DUI DUI Trials DUI Trials OWI

This article covers only the steps in DUI/OWI case that take place in court after a lawyer has been retained. The first step in a Michigan drunk driving case is an arraignment...

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Michigan DUI/OWI Driver’s License Penalties

Jun 11th, 2018 Driver's License Penalties DUI Penalties

In a Michigan drunk driving case the driver license penalty will be based on the severity and nature of the offense, and your prior record.  These driver license penalties are not imposed...

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Can I Refuse Police Officer DUI/OWI Tests?

Jun 8th, 2018 DUI DUI Test Refusal OWI

Yes, you can lawfully refuse police DUI/OWI tests without penalty. However, there are exceptions, and in some situations, it may not be in your best interest to refuse these tests.  Therefore, before you...

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Police Caught Falsifying More Than a Quarter Million Breath Tests

Jun 7th, 2018 DUI Mistakes DUI Stops

Victoria Police was caught falsifying more than a quarter million roadside breath tests over a five-year period.  The claim is that the officers did this to meet quotas or to highlight their...

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Study Shows Legally Drunk People are More Creative

Jun 6th, 2018 OWI

A study out of the Mississippi State University suggests that people with bodily alcohol levels at or near the legal limit are actually more creative.  According to a 2018 article in the...

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What are the Possible Conditions of Bond on a Michigan DUI/OWI?

Jun 5th, 2018 DUI DUI Defense OWI

After you’ve been arraigned on your Michigan DUI/OWI, the court will make a determination as to bond conditions.  The court will add conditions to your bond because you have been charged with...

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Understanding the Arraignment Process after a Michigan DUI/OWI


The arraignment is the first court hearing that will take place after a Michigan DUI/OWI arrest.  This hearing can take place before a judge or magistrate, and in some courts, can be...

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