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  • Is there any chance of getting a early release with a DUI charge

    I'm going to be sentenced 30 days for a DUI 3rd

    Loren’s Answer

    If you are convicted of OWI 3rd, the mandatory minimum is 30 days. You will get 5 days of good time at the Oakland County Jail. The only possible way to get less time is to convince the prosecutor to reduce the charge or fight the case. Best of luck to you.

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  • Does anyone know how Judge Matthews handle DUI 3

    DUI 3

    Loren’s Answer

    I've known Cheryl Matthews for many years and if there is one thing I can tell you, it is that she is an independent thinker and does not believe in policies that are applicable to every case. Even when she was an Oakland County prosecutor and she and I would go against each other in court, she was always very practical and considered each case on it's own merits. She is very much like this as a judge in all criminal cases, including OWI 3rd felony offenses. I see her ruling in criminal cases frequently and she takes the time to listen to both parties, she considers the law and attempts as best she can to apply it fairly. This being said, almost all judges are conservative and give the benefit of the doubt to the prosecutor. A great criminal defense lawyer gives you the best chance of getting the most favorable possible plea bargain and the most lenient possible sentence. If you are trying to hire a criminal defense lawyer to help you, there are many 10.0 rated criminal defense lawyers on Avvo you can consider. Many of us offer free consultations.

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  • Will my probation officer find out I was arrested?

    I am on misdemeanor probation for a dui that got lowered down to operating while visibly impaired. I got 1 year of probation. I completed all the community service, passed drug tests never missed a appointment, payed all my fines and court costs...

    Loren’s Answer

    It is very likely she will find out. If your probation terms require you to advise her of any police contact, you should follow the court's order or risk a violation of probation with multiple counts. If she asks you if you have had any police contact and you lie and the court finds out, there will be hell to pay. Did you have a lawyer? If you did, you should consult with him or her and get that person's advice on how to proceed. If not, you should hire one to help you make the right decision. The stakes are to great to take chances.

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  • Why is there no BAC on my citation?

    I got an OWI the other night and was in a holding cell for about 24 hours. When I left, they gave me my citation with all my info on it but under the BAC box it was blank. they didn't include my BAC. Also, when I got pulled over, they didn't giv...

    Loren’s Answer

    Honestly, your question is too complex to get a quality answer over the internet with the basic facts you've presented. OWI cases are extremely complex and innumerable factors go into determining what defenses may or may not be available. You really need to sit down with a top criminal defense lawyer and go over your case in detail. The BAC results will likely be in the police report and your lawyer can get that for you to review. It may be possible for you to get out of a conviction but your chances of being acquitted or getting your charge dismissed cannot be determined without a thorough review of the evidence. Avvo is an excellent place to find a 10.0 rated criminal defense attorney and many of us will offer a free consultation. Do yourself a favor and contact a good lawyer immediately.

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  • Is a person notified by the police or anyone when their blood test comes back negative?

    Is one notified of negative blood test results by police or city/county attorney? Or do they just leave the people in limbo?

    Loren’s Answer

    Usually, the notice comes from the court, not the city attorney or the police. You may get a call or, more typically, a letter. Unfortunately, these notices often get "lost in the mail" and a person finds themselves under arrest following a routine traffic stop because he or she was never notified of the issuance of a warrant. Your best bet is to hire an attorney now who is experienced with OWI cases and he or she can track the case with the prosecutor and the court and advise you when a warrant has been approved. A good lawyer may be able to help get your charges lowered before the warrant is issued and may be able to waive your appearance so that the warrant never gets into the law enforcement information network (LIEN). Avvo is a great place to find a 10.0 rated criminal defense lawyer and many of us will offer a free consultation.

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  • Can I hsve him arrested please help

    Hi a 32 year old guy is dating my 15 year old little girl online and is tell her he is in love with her and when she turns 16 he wants to be with her in person is that legal or csn I hsve him arrested I see nothing sexual but can I still get him a...

    Loren’s Answer

    I suggest you be a parent and shut down the relationship. Unless he is inducing her to do something illegal, like send him nude photographs, there is probably nothing illegal. If your daughter is 15 and you don't approve of what she is doing, stop her.

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  • Chances of jail time without getting a lawyer?

    I was driving to a sports game to drop something off to a friend that they forgot in the car. I got pulled over for speeding and got a ticket for dwls even tho I told the officer I never got my license. My trial is in 2 days and my parents won't g...

    Loren’s Answer

    Contact the court today and request a court appointed lawyer. If the judge will not appoint you an attorney even though you cannot afford to hire one on your own, he cannot legally give you jail time. Representing yourself is foolish and your parents should understand that a DWLS is a criminal misdemeanor that can never be expunged off your record if you are convicted. It is on your record for life and should not be taken lightly. If you can get to the court and complete a request form for an appointed lawyer, that would probably be your best move.

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  • Can Judge deny Not Guilty Plea

    I received several responses from different attorneys on the following serious issue. It was beyond my comprehension too. But when I reviewed the Court Transcript of "Plea Hearing" I could not believe that Judge is denying his "Not Guilty" plea; i...

    Loren’s Answer

    It sounds like various things are happening that are causing you and your friend some serious concerns. In guessing the least of which is a lack of communication with the attorney and a lack of understanding. Generally, the communication is better with a retained lawyer and is sometimes nonexistent with a court appointed attorney (especially with a misdemeanor). If your friend is interested in defending himself "at any cost" then one of the best moves he can make is to hire a criminal defense attorney who is not afraid to fight for him and willing to take the time to effectively communicate. There are 10.0 rated lawyers on Avvo and many of us are willing to offer a free consultation. Hire a great lawyer with a track-record of success.

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  • What should I do about a Minor in Possession of Tobacco warrant from around 5 years ago?

    I was recently in the car with someone who got pulled and they asked for everyone's ID. I gave them mine and they came back and said I had a warrant for a MIP of tobacco. I am currently 23 and haven't been a minor for 5 years. I went to jail for a...

    Loren’s Answer

    If your case is in Royal Oak, you have two great judges to work with but even the best judge us going to have an issue with a warrant that has been unresolved for years. Your charge, although not very serious, is a criminal offense that carries a possible jail term. It can impact your life in a variety of ways. I agree with the other lawyers that you should hire an attorney who can assist you and hopefully get the charge dismissed or reduced to a civil infraction. Don't be penny wise and pound foolish, a good criminal defense attorney is one of the best investments you can make under the circumstances.

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  • How to get a felony record expunged after 20 years

    How can you get your felony conviction expunged after 20 years

    Loren’s Answer

    The fact is that there is no "cookie cutter" answer to your question. No case or defendant is the same and the process and manner of filing and executing a Motion to Set Aside a Conviction has to be customized to give the defendant the best possible chance of success. There are a 1,000 sources on the internet that can give you the general outline of how to do an "expungement" but the nuance that gets you a win comes from an experienced lawyer. You may only get one shot at an expungement motion in Michigan so do yourself a favor and hire a great criminal defense lawyer to help you.

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