Year after year, the penalties for drunk/drugged driving in Michigan keep getting more severe. Driver's license suspensions increase in duration. Fines get higher. The possibility of spending time behind bars becomes much more likely. These penalties have the potential to ruin lives.
Whether or not to fight operating while intoxicated (OWI) charges is no longer a question. You have to fight these charges if you want to retain any sense of normality in your life. The real question is how you are going to fight them. That is where we come in. At Dodge & Dodge, P.C., in Grand Rapids, our attorneys have more than 50 years of experience in OWI cases. We know how to challenge these charges and pursue positive results.
A Lawyer Must Know The Science And Procedure Behind OWI
Drunk driving cases are incredibly complex, thanks to the science and procedure involved. In fact, a drunk/drugged driving case often poses more facets and complexity from a defense standpoint than even a murder case. Our lawyers have taken the time to learn about the science and procedure involved in OWI charges.
Attorney Mark Dodge is actually trained and certified in the administration of standardized field sobriety tests, so we know the procedure that police are supposed to use when they conduct a traffic stop for suspected drinking and driving. We know how to recognize when procedure has not been followed and mistakes have been made, and this can lead to evidence being thrown out and cases dismissed. We strive to understand the ever-changing science involved in drunk driving cases. We routinely consult with expert scientists in toxicity to explore defense strategies. Attorney Mark Dodge frequently attends seminars and training regarding the science behind drunk driving prosecution and defense. He has toured the state police forensics lab on multiple occasions and learned about the instruments used in alcohol/drug detection. We know the potential flaws, including medical conditions that could impact breath and blood test results, and we know how to use those flaws to create successful defense strategies.
Attorneys should never minimize a case as "just a drunk driving case." You need an attorney who will not merely walk through the process, but who will strive for the best possible result.
We carefully investigate every drunk driving case we handle and know what to look for in a defense strategy. We will build a defense strategy designed to attack the weaknesses in the case against you. As trial attorneys, we always prepare to argue OWI cases in front of a judge and jury if necessary.
Defense Against Drugged Driving Charges
In addition to defending against all variations of OWI charges, we defend against drugged driving charges. This includes cases in which drivers were accused of drugged driving for having medical marijuana or other prescription drugs in their system, even if the drug was a lawfully prescribed substance. Law enforcement is drastically increasing efforts and resources to make arrests on suspicion of drugged driving. By conferring with experts in toxicology and pharmacology and attending attorney seminars throughout the state, attorney Mark Dodge continues to educate our firm on the science and strategy of drugged driving defense. These cases are complex and the penalties are severe, but we have the experience and knowledge to fight them.
Free Consultation About OWI Defense
Call 616-459-3850 or send an email to discuss your case with a lawyer who is committed to defending you against the repercussions of a drunk driving arrest.