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The dictionary defines the term earnest as “resulting from or showing intense conviction.” Any Michigan criminal defendant facing a DUI charge needs an attorney possessing just such conviction in order to prevent a conviction.

The criminal defense team at SMDA have enjoyed a variety of successes in handling Michigan drinking and driving offenses over the years. A recent success involved representing a criminal defendant facing multiple misdemeanor offenses, including Operating While Intoxicated – 2nd offense. If convicted, this individual would almost certainly be facing not only a lengthy jail sentence, but she would also be paying substantial fines and costs.

By way of background, this individual had been struggling with alcoholism for a number of years. One morning, she woke up with uncontrollable tremors and an intense desire to consume alcohol. She got in her car, drove to the supermarket, and purchased a jug of wine and a fifth of hard liquor. In her zeal to get home and consume these intoxicants, she side swiped a parked vehicle on her way out of the parking lot. Fearful of facing criminal prosecution for leaving the scene of an accident, she continued home. To cope with the stress she felt and to satisfy her addiction, she proceeded to drink a substantial portion of the fifth she purchased. The police came to her home, asked her about the accident she was involved in and asked her to submit to a preliminary breath test. She complied and her blood alcohol was above the legal limit. She was subsequently charged with Operating While Intoxicated, Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Driving With a Suspended License.
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