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  • Facing third owi in kent county Michigan. Refused breath test at site of accident but did one at station no blood test.

    have had three owi offenses in the state of grand rapids Michigan one in 1995 second in 2004 and my third 2015. what are my chances with a good attorney?

    Scott’s Answer

    Your chances with a good attorney are significantly better than with a normal attorney or an attorney who is not familiar with OWI law. I don't have enough information to really answer this question. I'd need to know who your judge is, what your datamaster test results were, whether or not you completed any field sobriety tests (and how you performed), and the reason you got pulled over to begin with. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has developed specific protocol for OWI stops that many Michigan police departments follow (but are not required to).

    Not blowing on PBT does give you a much better shot at winning on a probable cause motion as most officers do not give the Field Sobriety Tests correctly based on NHTSA. This is especially true if you can prove that the officer's were trained to use NHTSA methods. Keep in mind NHTSA uses 3 phases to determine whether there is probable cause for an arrest, and only the last phase is Field Sobriety Tests.
    This means they could in theory win on probable cause even if you didn't submit to any FSTs.

    As you probably know, third OWI in a lifetime is a felony. You need to get the best attorney you can afford!

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  • I got a disorderly intoxication

    My judge is Julie Nicholson. I know all three of these judges are tough. How tough is she ?

    Scott’s Answer

    Very very tough! Most likely this offense will be considered much more serious than it would be in many other courts in Metro Detroit. I'd recommend hiring an attorney to assist you ASAP.

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  • Open intox violation for car i wasnt driving or was the car in my name?

    was involved in a traffic stop, i informed the officers i had my cpl, the officers made my friend blow in a breathelyzer, i was asked but refused due to the fact i was not drinking, upon refusal the cop told me he was taking me to jail and was go...

    Scott’s Answer

    You absolutely need to hire a criminal defense attorney to assist you with this. With this fact pattern I think you have a lot of options and could get this case resolved favorably.

    -Attny Scott Aaronson

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  • In Michigan if you have 2 felonys can you get one of them lowered to a misdomenor?

    and if it is possible once the felony is lowered then can the remaining felony be expunged?

    Scott’s Answer

    If it is a conviction, convincing a prosecutor to lower one would be extremely difficult. If it is still a pending charge, it may be possible. You are right to be concerned. As of early this year (2015), Michigan's expungement law now allows you to expunge a felony even with up to two misd.

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  • Can prosecutors add OWVI charge if police let me drive away after being cited open intox ticket? Blew .053 BAC

    “I was stopped for "familiar to dim" in Michigan. The police found a half-full bottle of vodka in my backseat. I took a BAC in which I blew .053 because I was drinking earlier that morning but had slept it off. They cited me a ticket for "open int...

    Scott’s Answer

    In theory it is possible, however I believe that it would be very unlikely. A good attorney would take an added OWVI charge with this fact pattern to trial and could win. You should still get an attorney for the open intox. It is a criminal offense.

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  • What is first party claim

    What does it include in an auto accedent

    Scott’s Answer

    I'm not entirely sure what you are asking, but if you call any law office they should be able to help you. Many law offices like mine are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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  • Is there away I can beat this DUI or get a lesser charge by this being my first offense

    I got pulled over last night I passed all the test they have you do when they try to make sure your not drunk but I refused to do the breathalyzer so they took me in. They had me blow in this big machine and got my alcohol level. I did have a few ...

    Scott’s Answer

    There are many many ways to beat an OWI case. An attorney must FOIA video evidence immediately.
    You may also be able to win on a probable cause motion since you refused the PBT. I have won on these grounds before on behalf of clients. Video evidence should be preserved ASAP before erased.

    -Attorney Scott Aaronson

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  • First time DuI/DwI offense

    Edited: I made a mistake by drinking and driving. I got pulled over and arrested for a DWI. My license is also suspended too so I was already driving on a suspended license but I don't know if I am charged for that. I blew a .01% what should I do?...

    Scott’s Answer

    Most likely you blew a .10 not a .01. Regardless, the absolute best thing you can do is get an attorney asap. There are certain things that need to be done immediately (including preserving the dash cam/ data master video tapes). Most OWI attorneys offer free consultations.

    -Attorney Scott Aaronson

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  • First time DUI offense

    Edited: I made a huge mistake by drinking and driving but this is my first DUI offense and I only blew a .1% but my license is suspended so I already was driving on a suspended license at the time I got arrested. What should I do?

    Scott’s Answer

    You should contact an attorney ASAP

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  • Planning on pursing a bachelors in criminal justice, successfully completed hyta what are my chances of landing a job?

    my charges where felony assault with deadly weapon and assault and battery

    Scott’s Answer

    If HYTA is completed, there should be no record of the offense and it should be as if it never occurred. It should therefore have no effect on your future job prospects.

    I would however check michigan.gov/ICHAT and order a copy of your criminal record to make absolutely sure they hid the charges as they should have. You'd be amazed how often that is messed up.

    -Attorney Scott Aaronson

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