Steven R. Simkins’s Answers

Steven R. Simkins

Grand Rapids DUI / DWI Attorney.

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  1. I am about to be questions concerning a theft case which resulted in my termination from employment, should I answer questions?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Edward Jacob Sternisha
    2. Steven R. Simkins
    3. Michael A. Liquigli
    4. Timothy J. Klisz
    5. James M. Osak
    5 lawyer answers

    Aside from not giving the police information that can be used against you, there are additional benefits to retaining an attorney. First, you can tell the detective that you contacted an attorney and he/she told you not to answer the questions but to call him/her (the atty) instead. That way, you can shift the pressure of having to make any decision to your attorney. Secondly, the police/prosecutor will then have to contact your retained attorney with any questions, not you. Good luck.

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  2. Is the defendant required to attend the pre-trial conference for a Misdemeanor charge of DUI?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Marc R. Lakin
    2. Tara E. Nichol
    3. Marc G. Beginin
    4. Daniel P. Hilf
    5. Steven R. Simkins
    6. ···
    8 lawyer answers

    Whether or not YOU have to attend depends on your local court and justice system. Not all courts and attorneys need the defendant at an initial pretrial conference. Your ct apptd lawyer should know.

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  3. From what date does my driving suspension start if I was arrested on 3/31 and have an implied consent refusal suspension.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. J. Matthew Catchick Jr.
    2. David B. Carter Jr.
    3. Becket J. Jones
    4. Steven R. Simkins
    5. Gerald R Stahl
    5 lawyer answers

    As another lawyer stated, you should've received something from the Secretary of State letting you know when your suspension began, and when it would end. Generally speaking, a suspension based on the result of an unsuccessful IC hearing begins shortly after that hearing. Regarding your underlying court case, that suspension (for the OWI) would start shortly after the plea entry. Either way, you received something from SoS.

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  4. Can the judge apply your bond money to fines instead of giving you time?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. James S. Lawrence
    2. Jared Clayton Austin
    3. David B. Carter Jr.
    4. Christopher Daniel Leroi
    5. Robert E. Harris Jr.
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    I haven't read the other lawyers' responses, but I think you need to provide more information. At what stage is the case currently? Pretrial? Was he sentenced? Did he violate the terms of his bond? If he was sentenced and didn't use his bond money, then that can usually be applied to his total fines/costs assessed by the court. However, if the person who posted the money has to request it back and have it applied.

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  5. Truck stuck in snow blew transmission not driveable waiting for help got oui

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Edward Jacob Sternisha
    2. Steven R. Simkins
    3. Paul J. Whiting
    4. Ezra N. Goldman
    4 lawyer answers

    That's not exactly correct information. The law is "OWI" which stands for Operating While Intoxicated. Courts have found defendants not guilty in situations in which they were in a vehicle, intoxicated, with the engine running. A person is not "operating" a vehicle if it is in park, regardless of whether the vehicle is running, as long as it's not in gear. These cases are very fact specific, and it often depends on what the defendant told the investigating officer. For instance, an...

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  6. What will happen to me when i go to court tomorrow for an alcohol related charge? I was caught drinking at a school dance.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Scott Matthew Aaronson
    2. Steven R. Simkins
    3. Daniel P. Hilf
    3 lawyer answers

    Assuming it's your arraignment tomorrow, plead NOT guilty. You will then be entitled to a pretrial conference, either on another date or after the arraignment, depending on your court's procedure. You should consult with an attorney after your arraignment, and make sure not to answer any more questions that police or prosecutors ask you from this point forward.

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  7. Will I go to jail at my first court date cited on my ticket for retail fraud 2nd degree?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Michael A. Liquigli
    2. Steven R. Simkins
    3. Ronald S. Pichlik
    3 lawyer answers

    It's very unlikely you'll go to jail, but every court/jurisdiction is different. Assuming it's your arraignment, plead not guilty, ask for a PR bond (personal recognizance), and ask the court to appoint an attorney if you can't afford to hire your own. In the event that you are taken to jail for processing/fingerprints, you should take some bond money with you just to be safe. Good luck.

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  8. Furnishing to a minor

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Edward Jacob Sternisha
    2. Michael J. Olson
    3. Barry Franklin Poulson
    4. Steven R. Simkins
    5. Andrew Charles Lapres
    5 lawyer answers

    DO NOT PLEAD GUILTY. Even if you don't hire an attorney (but you should), you can at least get a pretrial conference by pleading "not guilty." The pretrial conference is where you or your attorney can talk to the prosecutor about your case and possibly get the charge reduced if not dismissed. If plead guilty, you'll never get that chance.

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  9. What are my chances of being issued a drug test while at the court to finalize my probation?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Steven R. Simkins
    2. Ronald S. Pichlik
    3. Andrew Charles Lapres
    3 lawyer answers

    Don't do drugs, you'll be fine.

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  10. Cops was at my moms for a feloney warrent for me please please help me what do i do if you can contact me ill explain more pleas

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. James S. Lawrence
    2. Mickey David Larson
    3. Michael Lawrence Doyle
    4. Steven R. Simkins
    4 lawyer answers

    Mr. Lawrence gave you great advice.

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