One of the advantages of our years of experience is an acute understanding of the options available to our clients. This ability to look beyond the immediate solution and explore secondary options is just one of the many services that sets us apart from other Michigan criminal defense firms.
For certain individuals facing second or third OWI/DUI convictions in Ingham County, sobriety court is an option that can be extremely beneficial both in terms of a potentially attenuated sentence, and also for beginning addiction counseling and getting sober. Admission into such a program can help you potentially avoid mandatory jail time and allow you to maintain restricted driving privileges so that you can keep your job.
Michigan DUI Defense Attorneys Committed To The Well-Being Of Our Clients
There are plenty of firms throughout Michigan that provide criminal defense representation, but at Baird and Zulakis P.C., Attorneys at Law, we believe in looking beyond the issue at hand and helping people find solutions that help them carry on with their lives. For individuals struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, especially repeat offenders, sobriety court can provide the essential resources to becoming and remaining sober.
Some of the stipulations and requirements of going through sobriety court include the following:
- The courts will track the progress of the defendant as he or she takes the necessary steps to get sober over an 18- to 24-month period, including regular alcohol and drug testing
- An ignition interlock device must be installed in the defendant's vehicle
- Restrictions on the defendant's driver's license, such as only commuting to and from work
- Treatment and counseling
- Regularly scheduled meetings with the judge, probation officers, treatment providers, defense lawyers, prosecutor's office and others are intended to closely track the defendant's progress through the program, individual and group treatment, including regular attendance at AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings
Providing Options For Drunk Driving Defendants
For repeat OWI/DUI offenders or drivers who are habitually impaired, sobriety courts may provide an alternative solution to staying out of jail and finding stability. To discuss the details of your case, contact our East Lansing law office and speak with an attorney. You can schedule a consultation by dialing toll free 800-385-0092 or by reaching us via email.