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The DUI lawyers of Kronzek & Cronkright are standing by to help you with your DUI or OWI charges. With over 80 years of combined legal experience and an unparalleled level of commitment to our clients, our legal team has been able to build a track record of success and achieve results that other attorneys would be unable to obtain.
DUI and OWI Process in Michigan
After an arrest for DUI or OWI, the court proceedings will begin. They will start with the arraignment, which is the defendant's first court appearance in his or her DUI case. A bail amount will be set at this hearing, in order to protect the public's safety and help ensure that you show up for future court appearances.
During discovery, your attorney will use a number of methods to learn all the facts of your case known by the prosecutor and by law enforcement. The information obtained about your OWI or DUI case will prove invaluable in building an effective defense on your behalf.
The court often sets a pretrial. Sometimes this also serves as an opportunity to set the schedule for future court dates. The pretrial is usually the first opportunity for our defense team to meet with the prosecuting attorney to talk about your case. This meeting will help us further evaluate your case and make recommendations to you. It is common for the prosecutor to offer a plea bargain to settle your case at the pretrial. No strategic decisions are made about your case before we have fully explored your options and discussed them with you.
A motion is a legal term for a written legal argument that your lawyer may make in order to reduce or possibly get the charges dismissed. A motion is usually based upon a constitutional violation or statutory violation, and more than one motion may be filed.
If the motion or motions filed will require that the court hear testimony from witnesses, an evidentiary hearing will be held. The purpose of this hearing is so that the court can make a ruling regarding evidence before the trial actually takes place.
The trial is one of the final proceedings of a Michigan OWI or DUI court case. Both the defense attorney and prosecutor will have the opportunity to make opening statements, present evidence, examine and cross examine witnesses and make closing arguments - all in an attempt to prove either the guilt or the innocence of the defendant.
For aggressive and knowledgeable representation through every step of the DUI court process, contact Michigan DUI lawyers at Kronzek & Cronkright today!