Being arrested for drunk driving is a frightening experience to go through. This experience is even more difficult to face when a person is being charged with a DUI for a second or third time. Every time you get convicted for drunk driving in Michigan, the penalties you face increase. Jail or prison time are probable every single time you face a charge greater than first offense dui. The loss of your driver’s license is something that is certain to happen.

The first thing your attorney should do when you are arrested for drunk driving is gather all discoverable material related to the case. Next, your attorney should examine this material and then determine if your case can be won. Your attorney may discover that the stop was bad and that your case can be thrown out. Your attorney may discover a factual issue that may give you a great chance at getting a not guilty verdict at trial.

In some case though, the factual basis to convict a person for a dui is strong. Your attorney may not discover any good legal issues available to dismiss your case or win it at trial. When this happens, your attorney needs find out what options are best to minimize the negative impact of your drunk driving conviction.

Sobriety Court Can Be A Good Option

Sobriety Court is one way that you can minimize the damage.

For residents of Allegan and Kent counties, people who are charged with a second offense drunk driving charge have the option of seeking treatment in Sobriety Court.

How To Eligible For Sobriety Court

Here are the requirements a person must meet to get into Sobriety Court:

  1. Must be 17 or older
  2. Must enter the program voluntarily and admit they have substance abuse problems.
  3. Must be a resident of the county the Sobriety Court is offered in.
  4. Must not suffer from any mental health issues that will keep them from being able to successfully complete Sobriety Court.
  5. Must be willing to actively abide by the Sobriety Court Program guidelines;
  6.  Must have been convicted for an offense that qualifies for Sobriety Court such as a second offense dui.
  7. Must be approved to enter sobriety court by the prosecutor if this is in Ottawa County.
  8. Must not have a pending charge in another county.
  9. Must not have been thrown out of Sobriety Court before.
  10. Must not show a history of failing probation in another county.

Benefits of Sobriety Court?

  1. A person who enters Sobriety Court has a better chance of staying sober long term.
  2.  A reduction of jail or prison time.
  3. A better chance of getting your driving privileges back faster. A person may be able to get a restricted license in 45 days if they are in this specialty Court.

Call Shawn today at 616-438-6719 if you have any questions regarding Sobriety Court.

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