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Frequently Asked Questions

1Can you only get a DUI/OWI from alcohol?

No; alcohol is not the only substance that can get you charged with a DUI or OWI.

With the increased number of prescription drugs these days, there are numerous substances that qualify for a DUI of Drugs charge. If a police officer has probable cause to administer field sobriety tests as well as a breathalyzer test, depending on the circumstances of the interaction, that probable cause could extend to a blood test. If you have the presence of pain killers, anti-anxiety, anti-depressants, or any other drug in your system, you will be charged with a crime.

2If I pay my traffic ticket, will I be free of all repercussions?

No, the traffic ticket you receive may not be the only negative consequence of the incident.

Depending on the citation, your traffic ticket can carry "points" which can create several drivers licensing and insurance issues.
Also, some traffic tickets in Michigan are considered Misdemeanors, depending on the offense. A Misdemeanor is a criminal offense and the penalties are more harsh than a simple traffic ticket. .

3Can a good lawyer help me beat a drug charge?

Yes; a lawyer who can determine if the government charged the drug crime correctly can mean everything.

The prosecution has broad discretion based on Michigan Drug laws, on which they can charge you. Therefore, the elements of the crime for which you are charged provide our first avenue of your defense. If the government cannot meet the elements for the crime charged, they cannot obtain a guilty verdict.

4Can I call you for a free consultation?

Yes; at Dematteis & Ricciardello, PLLC, we are here to make sure that you are not alone.

Whether it is a felony or a misdemeanor that you are facing, the attorneys at our firm are committed to the defense and representation that you deserve.