Know Your DUI Rights

The Law Office of Joseph Awad is Michigan’s premier drunk driving defense law firm. DUI charges in Michigan can be traumatizing. Attorney Joseph Awad’s expertise in OWI and DUI defense is matched by a keen awareness of the emotional toll that good person feels when put in a bad position. Every care is taken to ensure your drunk driving case is handled with legal expertise, promptness and attention to every detail. All elements of the drunk driving case are scrutinized to provide every advantage that Michigan’s law provides to someone charged with operating while intoxicated. A strong legal representation is a keen awareness of the law as well as the personal affects that every client carries in a unique and important way.

Knowing your rights is important to understanding the factors of your situation; read through the common tests and learn more about your rights before preparing for your case. There are legal policies in place to protect you, and we’re here to help you discover them.

Did the officer stop your vehicle properly? If not, the law may prohibit the police from allowing key evidence against you to be used in court.
Were the field sobriety tests performed according to standardized procedures and scored properly? Attorney Awad’s experience over the years reveals that many times, clients do more to pass a test than fail it and are held to impossible standards by the police officer.

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DUI Field Sobriety Tests

A field sobriety test is administered by an officer to test your cognitive function and see if any part of your normal abilities to function have been altered by intoxication. Passing a field sobriety test may be enough evidence to display to an officer your driving is not affected.

Heel to Toe Field Sobriety Tests

This test begins with an officer asking you to walk a straight line or several paces in a single direction. Each step you must touch your toe to your heel, keeping your arms to your side. However, often the officer is scoring you on the incorrect measures, if that is the scenario, we can challenge the use of this test.

Michigan’s One-Leg Stand Sobriety Test

In most situations this is the most difficult pass to test and perform under. You may be asked to stand with your feet together and raise one leg off the ground while counting aloud. Under the wrong set of instructions, however, the test becomes impossible to accurately score your performance and determine your level of sobriety.

Officer Observations

Before any sobriety tests, an officer will go off instinct and basic observations. Bloodshot eyes and slurred speech are common signs of intoxication, but can also be caused by other things. When they have a suspicion you might be impaired, they record the observations in a police report that can be reviewed and examined by an attorney.

The breath tests provided, both on the road and at the station, provide an excellent attorney plenty of room for a strong defense.

DUI Miranda Rights

The US Supreme Court protects you from answering questions that compromise your legal defense. Even against your instinct, sometimes it is better to refrain from saying too much to hurt your case. It is best to withhold information from the police that you feel is best answered with the assistance of an attorney.
The many rules and regulations governing the administration of DUI tests and arrests are routinely broken by officers who cut corners and make presumptions that the law forbids.

Call Attorney Joseph Awad for a complete and thorough analysis of these questions and others. The call is free and the advice is priceless: Like the Law Office of Joseph Awad, do everything you can to ensure your DUI defense is thorough and professional in every respect.