Under the Influence? What to know about Marijuana

Marijuana laws can be confusing; in some states, recreational marijuana is no longer criminalized.  But in Michigan, recreational marijuana is illegal.  Alcohol, on the other hand, is legal.  Yet should you get caught driving intoxicated, there are serious legal consequences.   How much marijuana is required to be considered “under the influence?”   The argument [...]

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The Difference between Felonies and Misdemeanors

How can a layperson tell the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor? To begin with, the terms “felony” and “misdemeanor” are characterizations of the seriousness of a crime. All states label crimes by their level of seriousness, and felonies and misdemeanors are the two main categories.   Generally, one can say that the amount [...]

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What Happens If I Get a OWI In Michigan?

OWI- the letters we don’t want to see on any correspondence or ticket received from law enforcement. Driving under the influence of any substance, legal, or illegal, is unsafe, quite dangerous to you and others, and just plain old bad decision making.   Having an OWI on one’s driving record is a restricting experience and [...]

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The Truth about Tricking a Breathalyzer Test

Breathalyzers came onto the scene quite a few years ago, and thanks to this form of technology, many drunk drivers have been tested and faced fines and punishment for driving under the influence. There are many tall tales and misconceptions about what a breathalyzer is capable of. Drivers often wonder if it can be tricked [...]

Can The Police Force Me To Take Field Sobriety Tests

Most people are not aware that field tests are completely voluntary! My experience with Michigan OWI arrests is that most people who are pulled over are just too nice to tell the police they do not want to take field tests. As a matter of fact, you should always decline to take field sobriety tests [...]

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Can An Officer Take Blood Even After a Refusal To Give It?

If you refuse to take a breath, blood, or urine test offered by the police officer after your arrest, he or she cannot take it without your consent. However, in almost every case, an officer will seek a court order, or warrant, for the involuntary taking of your blood by a qualified medical professional. It [...]

Our Article On First-Offense DUI Laws Up On Gather.com

We have just published an article on Gather.com that gives an overview of Michigan first offense DUI laws. The article explains that in Michigan, driving under influence is a serious crime, and a defendant who was found to operate a vehicle while intoxicated due to alcohol can face heavy fines, license suspensions or even jail [...]

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New article on First offense DUI Laws in Michigan

Check out this article about Attorney Joseph F. Awad’s knowledge of first offense DUI laws and how he can help you receive a favorable legal outcome. If you are facing your first DUI charges, Attorney Awad can often help you minimize or altogether avoid the consequencesof a first offense DUI, including a reduction or elimination [...]

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‘Super Drunk’ Law Targets Drunk Drivers

The Michigan city of Bloomfield Hills has taken another step in the war against drink driving. The city recently voted to put the “super drunk” law into effect locally. The “super drunk” law primarily targets first time offenders which have a BAC level of .17 or higher, which is twice the legal limit—hence the “super [...]

Underage Drinking and Driving Charges In Michigan

What can underage drivers be charged with in the state of MI if they are caught drinking and driving? As is the case with many states, there is a zero tolerance policy when it comes to underage drivers and bodily alcohol content. What does “zero tolerance” mean exactly? Zero tolerance means that if a minor [...]