Frequently Asked Questions
Criminal Defense Attorney in Oakland County
Can I defend against an OWI even if I tested above 0.08%? Many people make the mistake of giving up the case and pleading guilty of
OWI/DUI simply because there is positive evidence against them. A large percentage of drunk driving arrests can be successfully challenged on the basis that the police officer did not have probable grounds to make a traffic stop. Moreover, breath and blood alcohol tests are subject rigorous rules and regulations that, if the police do not adhere to, may make the evidence inadmissible.
If the Prosecutor's Office offers me a plea bargain, should I accept it in order to stay out of jail? You shouldn't speak to the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney or anyone else about your case without having your own attorney present to advise and represent you. A plea bargain is sometimes the best possible outcome, but often you can get a better result through negotiation or by taking the case to trial. A plea bargain may result in a lengthy term of probation or expensive classes or counseling that may not be necessary.
I've been charged with drug possession, but the police officer didn't have a warrant to search my car-is this a defense I can use? It depends on a number of factors. Did you give consent to have your vehicle searched? If you agreed, police are not required to get a search warrant. Another factor is probable cause; if the police officer had reasonable suspicion to search for drugs, the evidence may stand. In light of these considerations, if it important to have an attorney on your side, cross examining the police officers, in an attempt to refute the evidence.
What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor? The key difference between
felonies & misdemeanors is the severity of the sentence. Misdemeanors are generally punishable by up to 1 year in county jail, while a felony can send you to state prison for several years or even a life sentence in the most serious cases. Both will go on your criminal record.
Criminal Defense Lawyer Fighting for Your Rights
Come to Long Law PLLC when you have questions about the charges you are facing. An Oakland County criminal defense attorney from our firm will take the time to help you understand every aspect of your case. We know how worried you are about the outcome of this situation, but when you have the facts and know what to expect, you will be in a much better position to defend your rights.
Contact an Oakland County criminal defense attorney
from our firm for answers to all your questions about the case and for dedicated representation against the charges.