Michael J. Boyle’s Answers

Michael J. Boyle

Grand Rapids DUI / DWI Attorney.

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  1. Should I plea guilty or not guilty after being arrested for DUI?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Michael J. Boyle
    2. Jon Scott Fox
    3. George Fredrick Mueller
    4. Jeffrey B. Lampert
    4 lawyer answers

    The short answer: NOT GUILTY. It would be advisable to have an attorney retained to assist you even at these early stages. The first step in the process is pleading Not Guilty at the arraignment, which is where the Judge or a Magistrate will read the charges and the maximum penalties. In many circumstances, your attorney can waive this court appearance and schedule your case for a Pretrial, which is where the attorney and the city or county prosecutor discuss possible resolutions. Even...

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  2. I received a speeding ticket in Michigan on 03/08/2010 while driving my semi truck,the posted speed limit was 55 mph,

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Michael J. Boyle
    1 lawyer answer

    I would recommend most people to fight a ticket, and here, it appears that you do have a valid reason to defend or fight the ticket. MCL 257.628 of the Michigan Vehicle Code sets the statewide maximum speed limit on all unposted highways at 55 mph. Gravel roads are included in this. Gravel roads are currently excluded from the process of lowering posted speeds through a Traffic Control Order due to the changing conditions of these roads. The Basic Speed Law, MCL 257.627, adequately covers...

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  3. I was charged with a DWI in NJ. Will I lose my license in Michigan?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Michael J. Boyle
    1 lawyer answer

    It is possible that your license will be suspended. This question can not clearly be answered until the end result in NJ is obtained. However, simply being charged will not effect your Michigan license. It is important to understand that NJ can only suspend your driving privileges when you are in NJ or specifically your driving privileges within NJ, and only Michigan may suspend your privileges for Michigan and every other state. Typically, Michigan will impose the same suspension that the...

  4. How long can my license be suspended least and most for recieving an OWI?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Joshua Blanchard
    2. Michael J. Boyle
    2 lawyer answers

    Mr. Blanchard is correct - as a minor (under 21) it is anticpated that you would be charged with the Zero Tolerance (which is technically .02) and would face a potential suspension of 30 days. That suspension would be restricted, which allows you to drive to and from employment, and in the course of that employment. It would also allow you to drive to and from school, any counseling, and community service. Further, you would be required to pay a reinstatement fee to the Secretary of State at...

  5. Is there a statute of limitations for a MI DUI?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Loren M. Dickstein
    2. Michael J. Boyle
    3. Elmer H. Young III
    4. Theodore W. Robinson
    4 lawyer answers

    I think the other fine attorneys have answered your question - Is there a statute of limitation that applies? - NO. However, under your fact pattern, it is important to understand some of the penalties that you are potentially facing. First, since there was a 10 year gap between your offenses, there is a 93 day max on a potential jail sentence since it would be a 1st offense. There is also a likely penalty for the contempt of court - failure to appear, which can be up to 30 days. Further,...

  6. I have two dui convictions, I got another one in October 09, but havn't been charged. Is their a time limit?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Andrew Charles Lapres
    2. Michael J. Boyle
    3. Daniel J DiCicco
    3 lawyer answers

    Yes, you can still be charged. It is not uncommon for a significant delay to occur under your cirmcumstances - 2 priors, and therefore potential felony charge, and because of the blood draw. The Prosecuting Attorneys Office will review all the available information before authorizing the charging complaint. In many cases, the local sheriffs department will contact you when the charges have been authorized and the warrant is pending, which will then require you to appear in court for the...

  7. Can a mi. resident with dui still obtain a passport or visa?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Michael J. Boyle
    1 lawyer answer

    The answer to your question is yes and possibly no. You would be able to apply and obtain a Passport, and would need to provide a Michigan ID in lieu of driver's license. However, the VISA is a more complex situation becasue it depends on where you are going, what they require, and status of your dui. It has been my experience that a VISA is typically not required, but if it is, it typically is granted. When it has been denied has been because an individual is on Probation. In addition, a...