What to do if you’re arrested for DUI in Michigan

Have you been arrested in Michigan for DUI?

Are you’re not sure what to do?

Here’s some information that can help.

What Can I Do to Help Myself Before Sentencing?

There are a plethora of twelve-step programs available today. All it really takes is a simple internet search for NA/AA meetings to see that it is likely that a program and support system is nearby should you choose to accept it. Furthermore, it cannot hurt to memorize the twelve-step process and the twelve traditions while you are at it. It really goes without saying, though I’ll say it anyway; no offender does himself a favor by continuing to drink or use illegal drugs before sentencing. If you get arrested again, and a judge is made aware of that fact, it is safe to say that he will not be impressed by your actions.

Will This Benefit Me When Sentencing Rolls Around?

Sentencing individuals for the crimes they commit serves different purposes: retribution, deterrence, incapacitation and rehabilitation. In my experience, judges want to see two things from those who have committed crimes. They want to see that the offender is genuinely sorry for what happened, and they want to make sure that the offender will never slip up again. Taking the initiative and attending rehabilitation programs on one’s own accord shows a judge that one understands the ramifications of what happened, and is also taking necessary actions to see to it that they will not make the same mistake again. So, will this help when it comes time for a judge to sentence you for drunk driving? In many cases it will. A judge is likely to order an offender to take these measures anyway, so what do you really have to lose by taking the initiative and doing these things on your own?

Hire a Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney

If you were arrested for drunk driving, it is important to contact an attorney to discuss your case. It is true that defending drunk driving charges is a difficult mountain to climb, so the focus often shifts to making an acceptable deal and preparing for sentencing. Only an attorney can let you know whether a legitimate defense exists in your case, or whether the best course of action is preparing for sentencing. If you’re situation dictates that preparing for sentencing is of the utmost importance, you should not hesitate to consider what actions (or inactions) will play well before a judge before you are sentenced. Contact our office today for a free initial consultation at 586-268-2400.