Understanding DUI Charges

If you've been charged with driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you have two separate legal matters to address: the criminal charge itself, as well as the administrative proceeding that affects your driving record. In both legal proceedings, your best option is to work with an experienced attorney who can stand up for your best interests.

At Balian Legal, PLC, we understand the significant impact that losing your license can have on your life. That's why we treat your administrative hearings before Michigan's Driver Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD) just as seriously as your criminal case. The outcome of both proceedings can hinder your ability to make a living and fulfill other tasks that are central to your daily life. In the case of a restricted or revoked license, this might mean that you can't reliably get to work or pick up groceries from the store. This is not a sustainable arrangement, so our goal is to minimize the impact of a DUI charge on your ability to drive.

How To Protect Your License After A DUI

The best way to protect your driver's license is to drive safely and avoid criminal charges. But if maintaining a perfect driving record isn't realistic, here are some strategies to help you keep the ability to drive even if you do make a mistake on the road.

  • Hire an attorney. Defendants represented by experienced criminal defense lawyers have a much higher rate of success than those who simply try to navigate the legal and administrative systems on their own.
  • Avoid multiple offenses. The consequences of a DUI charge increase with each additional offense. The fewer times you are charged, the easier it is to argue that you made an innocent error rather than a reckless decision.
  • Get your license restored. If you have already lost your license for a previous offense, we can help you do the work to regain your driving privileges.

Don't Let One Mistake Steer You Off Course

A DUI is a serious charge, but it doesn't have to derail your life. At Balian Legal, PLC, we will analyze your case and help you understand your legal options. Schedule a free initial consultation in our Bloomfield Hills office to learn more. Call 248-955-5420 or email us to schedule an appointment.