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  • First time caught with marijuana, do I need a private defense lawyer?

    Caught with small amount of marijuana (under 2 grams) and paraphernalia. I am being charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. I have arraignment on February 5th. Should I hire a private criminal attorney? Or is this cas...

    Scott’s Answer

    Absolutely. There are several things to consider. For instance, if you are under 21, you most likely would want to plea under HYTA instead of 7411. 7411 can only be used once your entire life while HYTA can only be used before you are 21. Things like this an experienced attorney should know.

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  • Plead guilty or not guilty to OWI

    My breath test read a BAC of .19 which I realize falls under 'super drunk' in Michigan. In your professional opinion, is it advisable to plea guilty or not guilty? Also, is it common for jail time to be sentenced when BAC is over .17?

    Scott’s Answer

    You should absolutely ALWAYS start with a not guilty plea. Often you can make a plea deal with a prosecutor at the minimum. You should hire an attorney ASAP. While OWIs are difficult cases, they are not impossible to beat. If the officer messed up you could get a big reduction. Even if the officer didn't mess up, its possible for a plea deal.

    Consult with an attorney in your area that handles OWIs.

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  • How successful is it when you decide to withdraw a plea?

    I havent been sentenced yet and I plead no contest to a crime I did not do. Now, i would like to retract the plea and take the case to trial like I originally planned. Charge is for Domestic Violence 2nd offense.

    Scott’s Answer

    It depends if there is a Cobbs agreement on record and if the judge is not following the recommendation. Much also depends on the specific judge and circumstances.

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  • Once a verbal plea deal is made what happens next?

    I just negotiated a plea with a prosecutor for the first time. In exchange for a guilty plea to a possession charge the prosecution is dropping the intent to distribute charge. I also want to file for 7411 status. Does the prosecutor write out ...

    Scott’s Answer

    You are asking questions, some of which have answers that aren't simple. Lawyers go to school for three years, take an exam and then need years of experience handling specifically those types of cases in order to adequately represent how to represent someone in a felony criminal case. Many times, even with these qualifications we still get advice and insight from other attorneys and mentors.

    Knowing this, handling your own criminal case is just about the worst thing you can do. You aren't an expert, being a lawyer is not what you do.

    Rather than attempt to answer your question, I will give you far more valuable advice. Hire an attorney. If you can't afford one, they have public defenders or court appointed attorneys that can help.

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  • First arraignment, for 1st DUI. What to plea?

    I have my 1st up coming arraignment for my DUI (I blew a .12), and I'm not too sure on how 1st arraignments go since I've never had one before. Since this is my first offense ever, I heard I should plea not guilty? And if so, do I then ask for a p...

    Scott’s Answer

    You should absolutely plea not guilty at arraignment. 99% of the time this is what happens. Often magistrates or judges wont even let you plea not guilty at this stage. Usually you wait until pre-trial to work out plea deals with prosecutor.

    Regardless, it is essential you hire an attorney familiar with OWIs. OWIs are a very technical are and require a specific bit of expertise . Time is of the essence to make sure that all evidence is preserved.

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  • What is the likely result of being arrested for sleeping behind the while while over the limit?

    I was parked round the corner from a friend's house in Rochester, MI and was asleep behind the wheel. A policeman knocked on the window and woke me up. After some questioning I provided a road-side breath test and was well over the legal driving l...

    Scott’s Answer

    Based on michigan law, I too believe you may have a defense. You need to fill out the paperwork on the back of your refusal ticket and send it in so that you can have a hearing. This needs to be done asap to make sure your rights are preserved. You also need to call an OWI (DUI) attorney ASAP.

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  • What is the process of hiring a defense attorney who specializes in defending domestic violence charges?

    Im trying to find a defense attorney. Im not so sure how the whole process works or how much money I would need to even start the process.

    Scott’s Answer

    There really isn't a lot of attorneys who focus specifically on domestic violence. There just aren't enough of these type of cases for someone to focus on. Any experienced criminal defense attorney however would have handled several of these types of cases. You will probably want to look for an attorney who focuses on general criminal law. It is important to find an attorney familiar with the court that you are in. Read client reviews ask questions and get an attorney who will give you a written retainer agreement instead of an oral agreement. Also, as with most things expect to get what you pay for. If you do all of this you should get a good qualified criminal defense attorney.

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  • What should i do if i have not recieved a court date 18 days after a detention for drunk driving?

    i was pulled over for speeding and ended up being detained for drunk driving. this is my third and was driving on a suspended resricted premit. what is my best course of action here?

    Scott’s Answer

    You absolutely need to contact an attorney as soon as possible. It is not uncommon for charges to take some time. While this is true, things like video evidence from dash cameras can be deleted if not preserved after 30 days. As you probably know a third in a lifetime is a felony.

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  • I am on bond & have PBTs every morning @ the police station. Today I blew .012% but wasn't given a second test. What now?

    I am not on probation, just asked to do the testing daily at my arraignment. I told the officer I have been sick and have been taking cough medicine, The machine was also acting up a bit before the test, and the officer did test himself once. It a...

    Scott’s Answer

    You should immediately go to a private lab and get an erg. This is a private test that can go back 72 hours from the date you took it. You should also call an attorney asap!

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  • Received an OWI in Troy. Chances of reduction to reckless or careless driving? Or possibility of OWVI under advisement?

    OWI in Troy Michigan. Blew a .14 at 5:03 AM, but the breath test was taken after an hour of the arrest. Also, there are errors within the police report such as location. Chances of reducing this to a reckless or careless driving? Also, is there an...

    Scott’s Answer

    Based on your description it is too early to tell if a reduction below a OWVI is possible. Usually these reductions are relatively rare, but they do and can happen. You however are not allowed to plea to an OWI under advisement.

    You absolutely need to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Police evidence needs to be FOIAd right away to preserve your rights.

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