Bloomfield DUI Lawyer
DUI Defense in Bloomfield Township, Troy and Novi Areas
A DUI is a serious criminal offense with harsh penalties that can affect the career advancement or qualification and retention of certain professional licenses. Attorney Daniel Hajji is an experienced OWI and DUI defense attorney with the skills and resources necessary to defend professionals, students and those facing a criminal charge that can affect their futures. Directly following an arrest for a DUI or OWI, it is important to contact a Bloomfield DUI lawyer before making statements to the authorities. Any statements made can be of use to the prosecution in criminal cases. At Daniel D. Hajji, Attorneys of Michigan we defend many clients charged with driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.
DUI Penalties and Defense
The loss or suspension of a medical doctor license, dentistry license, pharmacy license, nursing license, or license to practice law can be devastating to the professional and their staffs, clients and patients. With a DUI conviction, a student may be unable to pursue a certain career or attend a college of choice. Many factors can determine the degree of penalty or punishment for a DUI conviction such as a first time offense, multiple DUIs, underage DUI, or a resulting traffic accident with injuries or fatalities or hit and run. Common DUI or OWI penalties are as follows:
- Jail time
- Driver's license suspension
At sentencing, a judge may order additional penalties of alcohol education classes, community service, restitution, and an ignition-locking device. Individuals have a lot at stake when facing serious DUI charges with the possible consequences including the loss of certain freedoms and rights. It is essential to have effective defense by a knowledgeable and experienced DUI defense attorney to protect reputations and professional licenses when they are in jeopardy. A strong and thorough defense is necessary during administrative proceedings from state boards to health care boards.
Practice Areas: DUI Defense
Blood alcohol content or blood alcohol concentration (BAC), is the measurement used to detect how much alcohol is in a person's blood stream. In Michigan, the legal limit for drinking and driving is 0.08%. This means that if you are pulled over and have a BAC of this or above, you could be immediately placed under arrest.
Breath & Blood Tests
When law enforcement pulls over a driver for suspected drunk driving, they may ask the individual to submit to a breath test or blood test. By blowing into a breathalyzer device, the law enforcement officer can determine how much alcohol is in the system. A blood test analyzes a sample of blood in order to detect the individual's BAC.
Once an individual is arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving, one of the first things that will take place is a DMV Hearing (Department of Motor Vehicles Hearing). There will only be 14 days following the arrest in which to schedule your DMV hearing or your license will be automatically suspended. With a legal professional by your side at this hearing, you could have a better chance of retaining your license.
If you were arrested for driving under the influence, you will probably have questions regarding how to defend yourself. You may believe that your case is too complex to be able to get your charges dropped, but this may not be the case. At our firm, we understand the different ways to defend clients who have been accused of DUI.
What type of penalties could you be facing if you were accused of driving under the influence? Depending on the circumstances of your case, those convicted of DUI could be facing time behind bars as well as heavy fines. Those convicted could also risk having their license suspended or have to attend an alcohol treatment program or perform community service.
Field Sobriety Tests
When a law enforcement officer is attempting to determine if a driver is under the influence of alcohol, they could administer a breath test, blood test, or field sobriety test. There are three main standardized field sobriety tests. A walk and turn test or a one leg stand test are divided attention tests that can test the driver's ability to do two things at once.
When it comes to DUI charges, the number of convictions you have on your record affects the penalties you could be facing. For a first time DUI conviction with no aggravating penalties, you could be facing up to 48 hours in jail. Not only that, but you could be on probation for anywhere from three to five years and lose your license for up to six months.
What should you do if you lost your driver's license? Known as a license restoration, this can allow you to get your license reinstated whether you were convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or had a history of drug or alcohol abuse. Although you may think that you have no chance at getting your driver's license back, with a member of our team on your side, you could get your license restored.
What happens if you were convicted of two or more DUI charges? With each subsequent charge, the penalties could increase. You could be facing years behind bars as well as heavy fines if you are convicted. Not only that, but you could lose your license for years and have to attend an alcohol treatment program. In order to avoid these harsh penalties, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our legal team.
If you were accused of operating while intoxicated, you could be facing extremely harsh penalties. In Michigan, you could be arrested for OWI if you were driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or above. If you are facing these serious consequences, you need to contact a legal professional as soon as possible.
Super Drunk Law
In Michigan, you can be arrested for DUI if you are found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or above. Michigan also operates under the "Super Drunk Law." This law states that if the individual had a blood alcohol content of 0.17% or above then the individual could be placed in prison for up 180 days as well as earn up to 6 points on their driver's license.
Underage DUI charges can be brought against any individual under the age of 21 who was found to be driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.01% or above. Those who are over the age of 21 will not be arrested unless they have a BAC of 0.08% or higher. If you or your child was arrested for drinking and driving, you need to ensure that they have a strong advocate defending them.
Professional License Defense
If you were arrested for drinking and driving and carry a professional license, you could have a lot more to lose. A DUI arrest and conviction could result in administration proceedings against you as well as the loss of your license. In order to ensure that your career is safe, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our office so we can defend you.
One professional license which you could be at risk of losing following a DUI arrest is a dental license. Driving under the influence charges can result in jail times, fines, alcohol treatment, and a driver's license suspension. For those who hold professional licenses, however, the result can be even more damaging, resulting in the loss of their career.
If a doctor is arrested on suspicion of committing DUI, they could be losing more than just their driver's license. Those who have a professional license are at risk of losing their career as well as their driver's license. In order to avoid losing your professional medical license, you need to contact our team as soon as possible so that we can defend your rights and help you keep your license.
Education Professionals & DUI
If you hold an educational license, even a first time DUI could result in serious consequences to your career. Not only could you be facing the mark on your reputation and the loss of your driver's license, but you could lose your ability to teach.
Legal professionals who have been accused of drunk driving can be left facing devastating results. Not only could this affect your standing with the state board, but you could actually lose your license to practice law.
If you are a nurse and have been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, contact our team as soon as possible. In order to avoid the loss of your nursing license, you need to ensure you have a strong legal representative fighting for your rights.
Other professionals who could be at risk of losing their professional license are orthodontists. An orthodontist who is arrested for driving under the influence could be at risk of losing their driver's license as well as their license to practice their profession. To learn more, please contact our team as soon as possible.