Attorney Ray Richards, Detroit Michigan DUI & Drunk Driving Defense Lawyer
DUI and drunk driving in Michigan is defined as any time you drive a car while intoxicated by alcohol, or with an excessive presence of a prescription drug or the presence of any amount of illegal drugs in your system. If you have been charged, call me at 313-662-9923. DUI can be charged as any of the following offenses:
- Operating While Intoxicated (OWI)
- Operating While Intoxicated – Drugs (OWID)
- Operating While Visibly Impaired (OWVI)
- Operating While Intoxicated – Minor (Zero Tolerance)
- Reckless Driving
- Operating While Intoxicated Causing Serious Injury
- Operating While Intoxicated Causing Death
- Negligent Homicide
- Involuntary Manslaughter
Why hire Michigan DUI attorney Ray E. Richards II for your drunk driving case?
I am a Michigan drunk driving lawyer located in the Royal Oak, Michigan area, representing clients across all of Michigan and nationwide. I also offer FREE case evaluations, and will give you personalized advice and information so that you know what you are up against and understand what defenses you have. I have the experience, the knowledge, and the resources to protect you.
I engage in full discovery in every case. I can’t advise you on the best course of action in your case until I know everything about it. When I am hired, I immediately demand the police reports, in-car videos, and booking videos before the police have an opportunity to destroy them. Only after having reviewed the police reports and videos can I advise you on how to best resolve your case.
You may have defenses that other lawyers will not find for you. You should not simply walk into court and plead guilty without first having your case evaluated by a skilled, knowledgeable and trial-tested lawyer. Not all cases are defendable, but all situations are explainable. It only makes sense to know all of your options before making a decision that will affect the rest of your life.
When facing a drunk driving charge, many people have difficulty understanding exactly what they have been charged with. They are not incapable; rather, the law is very complex and changes frequently. It can be a trap for the unwary, making it critical to have experienced and knowledgeable representation to guide you through the process.
NOTICE: Come October 1st, 2010, Michigan’s Super Drunk laws take effect. In a nutshell, even if you are a 1st time offender and you blow a .17 or higher you are subject to enhanced penalties, fines, costs, immobilization and mandatory jail time.
Do not face a DUI charge by yourself
At Richards & Associates, PLLC, our attorneys use their experience and skills to navigate the criminal justice system. Although the state has an obligation to protect society from the consequences of drunk driving, it has an equal obligation to preserve the rights of its citizens. Our lawyers make sure the state does just that. Do not face a DWI/DUI charge alone. Contact the lawyers at Richards & Associates, PLLC to protect your rights and secure the best possible outcome. Call us at 313-662-9923.
With you throughout the process
Most people who face a DWI charge are not career criminals, Most, in fact, have never encountered the criminal justice system before; most will never do so again. Because they are unfamiliar with the process, they are doubly in need of representation. We are by your side from the beginning, making sure that you know your options and your rights. We handle your case so that the penalties are minimized as much as possible.
First time DUI
Most of our clients will never have another DUI/DWI charge; when they retain us, they have never had a prior charge, either. For clients for whom the DWI/DUI charge is the first, we are usually able to have Michigan’s very tough and severe drunk driving penalties limited to the following with a guilty plea:
- Payment of fines and court fees
- Participation in an alcohol/drug education program
- Short-term license suspension
- Able to obtain a hardship license immediately
Second or third DUI charge
If there is any doubt about police conduct during the arrest or breathalyzer test administration, we often recommend that our clients fight the charge. This is even more true in an arrest for a second or third OWI/DUI charge, as the penalties have increased. There is little benefit to pleading guilty to the charge at this level.
Never assume that you cannot win
Even when it appears that the prosecution and police have a strong case, it is still possible to win at trial. Prosecutors make mistakes, as do police officers. When you are facing significant penalties whether or not you plead guilty, it is often smart to go to trial. There is often little to loose and much to gain.
How a skilled attorney handles a drunk driving defense at Richards & Associates, PLLC
Our lawyers will file motions to suppress evidence when it appears that evidence was illegally obtained. Our investigators visit the scene. We make sure that the field sobriety test procedures were correctly followed. We do everything possible to ensure that your case is fairly presented to the court, and a jury, if necessary.