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Q: I’m on probation for a dwi and was set to do 96 hrs of community service and cannot because of my job, can I pay a fine?
Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Jan 24, 2020

Normally you can't "buy" your way out of community service. A lot of courts look at community service as an alternative to giving a person time in jail, so they often see it like they have already given you a break by not putting you in jail. Talk with your probation officer and explain your... Read more »

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Q: What to do about court fines and warrents.

I got in trouble with the law 6 years ago. I did not pay those court fines. Due to not being able to. Now I have a greatjob that pays me really well. I would like to pay them off however I have a warrant for my arrest because of those fines. Right now at my job we are on mandatory 7 days if I miss... Read more »

Mark Bredow
Mark Bredow answered on Jan 13, 2020

Not enough information. I don't know whether you are talking about traffic fines, misdemeanor fines, and costs, or felony. I don't know your prior history, whether you have a long record of cases and failure to appear. Many factors enter the equation. Don't mess around. Hire an attorney and... Read more »

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Q: Does michigan have a dui law that relates to using a pedal bike
Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Sep 15, 2019

Operating a vehicle while intoxicated is what is prohibited. A vehicle is defined as a device that moves or can move on a highway, but not if it is powered only by human power. A bicycle without a motor is not a vehicle. A bicycle that has a power assist, that is being used, would be a vehicle. If... Read more »

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Q: If Im being charged w/ OWI & high BAC (.21), what should I do? Get a lawyer or can I do court apt? Plead guilty or not?

I am a 25 and it's my 1st offense. I already work 2 jobs to pay the bills, so if you think a court appointed public defender can get the job done, same as a OWI attorney, please say that. Money is tight. What do I need to know & do? My arrainment is this coming Friday Sept. 6th

Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Sep 3, 2019

Many court appointed lawyers are very competent attorneys and serve their clients well. To some extent, it depends on what court the case is in, and who you get as an attorney. Some courts use a "house counsel" system that has one attorney handling all the court appointed cases that come to that... Read more »

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Q: It been 4-5 months now since I got arrested?

Got arrested for my 2nd DUI and haven't got an letter by mail from the court? Should I call or wait? I getting worried.

Daniel Hilf
Daniel Hilf answered on Jul 21, 2019

Sometimes there are delays if a blood draw was involved in the case, because it takes quite a bit of time to have the sample tested at the laboratory. You can hire a lawyer at anytime to represent you - you do not have to wait to be charged to hire a lawyer. A lawyer can give you great advice,... Read more »

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Q: My girlfriend has an interlock device in my car and I failed it last night. Will she get in trouble for my fail?

Apparently she was told that she's responsible for all fails, even though it's my car that she rarely drives. I had a couple drinks and tried to drive after a few hours but still failed the test so we switched seats and she drove home. Now she's worried she'll be held responsible and have to spend... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 22, 2019

She is responsible...possibly she has a very good explanation (that it was you and not her) that can be taken into account and hopefully avoid sanctions.

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Q: Does officer lack probable cause after SFst if his decision to arrest will be based on pbt
Adam Alexander
Adam Alexander answered on May 7, 2019

Your question needs more detail. And that detail should NOT be published here. You need to contact a seasoned criminal defense lawyer and review the facts and your legal options. Generally speaking, probable cause is a complex legal issue that is interpreted by hundreds of legal cases. Your... Read more »

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Q: I have mental health problems, can i use medical marijuana while on probation?

I am on probation in michigan usa for a DUI, but i have SERIOUS mental health problems including insomnia, depression, adhd, anxiety, bi-polar. I was reccomended i get my medical marijuana card, can i do that while on probation?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Apr 23, 2019

You would first need to inquire with your probation officer, and then possibly have the judge's permission. Contrary to what many people believe, marijuana is not prescribed like a doctor may do for ordinary medication from a pharmacy. Because of that, judges don't have to allow you to use... Read more »

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Q: Will my restricted Michigan license still be in effect if I move back there? I have full license in Colorado currently.

I had a restricted license when I moved from Michigan from a drunk driving 24 years ago(actually had two in same year). Colorado gave me a full license 2.5 years ago and now I want to move back to Michigan. I'm wondering if Michigan will give me my full license back or will it still be restricted?

Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Apr 2, 2019

That's a good question, and hard to answer without some further information. The most likely way to get a good answer is to obtain a COMPLETE, CERTIFIED driving record from the Michigan Secretary of State, and let me or some other Michigan attorney who handles drunk driving cases and the license... Read more »

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Q: Can michigan put a hold on my license if I got a DUI before I got my Michigan license 20 plus hears ago

I have already paid my reinstament fee in KY I have never so much as been in a vehicle pulled over in Michigan

Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Mar 29, 2019

To give the best answer, I would need to see your Michigan driving record, if there is one, and also would try to interpret your Kentucky driving record. But if you have a valid Kentucky driver's license, it sounds like you should be able to get a Michigan license without the incident in Kentucky... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury, DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: I was in an accident yesterday and had a blood level of 2.98. This will be my second offense and I’m really worried

I ended up totaling my boyfriends new truck and going to the hospital. I was not in the right state of mind when the cops talked to me and might have jeopardized myself. I had also taken two cbd gummies which is why I was drowsy. 4 years ago I got charged with an owi so this will be my second... Read more »

Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Feb 21, 2019

You definitely need an attorney to help you with the situation. The information here does not indicate where this happened, which can affect how to approach the case, the cost for legal services, and who might be a good choice of attorneys. I think it would be better if you called me, or some... Read more »

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Q: Can rehab or mental health care/services help cut your jail time if you has an 2nd DUI?

Just has an 2nd DUI

Adam Alexander
Adam Alexander answered on Jan 22, 2019

The answer depends on the jurisdiction the offense occurred, your judge, the prosecutor, and the skills of your lawyer.

It also depends on the specific factors of your arrest, (e.g. BAC, your behavior, etc.).

Generally speaking, a Defendant who is voluntarily and honestly seeking...
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Q: What the best way to cut your jail time from an year to 8 months if this your 2nd DUI?

Can AA help plus probation too?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 21, 2019

Your eventual sentence will be up to your judge absent a plea agreement. Judges sentence people based on the facts of the case and individual circumstances. A 2nd offense OWI carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail; that is not saying that the judge will sentence you to one year, eight... Read more »

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Q: What the best way to cut your jail time from an year to 5-6 month if you already one DUI?
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 12, 2019

That will depend on what current charge you face, and what the potential penalty for that crime would be. If you are facing a 2nd offense DUI, which would carry a maximum penalty of 1 year in jail, I would anticipate jail time of far less than 1 year, but that will depend on the facts of your... Read more »

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Q: Can you get an OWI for crashing a car into a pole in a gated subdivision where the gates were closed?

The gates are closed after a certain time and require a code to get in. Subdivision has about 150 homes.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 9, 2019

Short answer is yes. You can get an OWI for operating a vehicle anywhere accessible to motor vehicles. The fact that it was in a gated community requiring a code for entry makes no difference. Otherwise, what would stop any of the 150+ residents from driving drunk whenever they want as long as they... Read more »

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Q: I have a dui charge in Michigan the prosecuting lawyer is dropping it down to operating while visually impaired.

I’m Canadian I need the charge dropped further so I don’t loose my licence in Canada can you help please. - Is there case law I can present to allow that to happen?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 2, 2019

DUIs are tough to beat at trial, and with considerable public pressure on prosecutors to be tough on drunk drivers, it's unlikely the prosecutor will offer anything different. You should have a local lawyer thoroughly analysis the evidence to see if any errors were committed along the way. If none,... Read more »

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Q: Is there a limit to how long to the police have to give me a drug test once they stop me?
Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Dec 11, 2018

No, there is not a time limit. Any delay can be considered in determining the reliability of the results, but probably not their admissibility. If you don't have an attorney to help you with this situation, get one. Sincerely, Frank B. Ford

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Q: What happens when someone is caught drunk driving and his license was already suspended?
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Dec 8, 2018

This is not an uncommon occurrence, unfortunately. The person would be charged criminally for the two separate crimes of drunk driving and DWLS.

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Q: Are there extra penalties for a DUI if there are kids in the car?
Frank B. Ford
Frank B. Ford answered on Nov 9, 2018

Yes! If you have a previous drinking and driving conviction, you can be charged with Felony Child Endangerment, and can have your license taken away for one to five years. If you don't have a previous drinking and driving conviction, it is usually going to be more points than what you would... Read more »

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