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By: kristislocum
Michael L Smith
Don't use Mike Smith. I had to give him a star rating, but I wouldn't give him any stars. His negligence has ruined my life. I had the misfortune of hiring him back in December, and it was one of the biggest mistakes of my life. I had a custody case, in which I told him that they were going to try to make me out be this mean, abusive mother. That is completely untrue, by the way, and I spent several month working tirelessly to put together the evidence to prove otherwise. I had stacks of affidavits, character witnesses, videos, pictures, etc. Our case was held on December 14th, 2016, and I still can't get past how horribly he handled the case. Even after he said he would, he did not present one shred of evidence, nor did he pose any arguments against their accusations. I have been a great mother, and had several witnesses and evidence to back that up. But he presented nothing!!!! He did absolutely nothing!!! And I paid for that!!! If you love your kids and want to fight for what is right for them, do not ever, ever use this man!!!!
Tips & Advices
A DMV hearing is a person's chance to give his or her testimony regarding the arrest and provide any evidence. It's an administrative procedure, not a criminal hearing, so a person won't be declared innocent or guilty at this time. People can bring an attorney with them, but this hearing must be scheduled within 10 days of the arrest.
Breathalyzers are commonly used and widely accepted, but have some faults. Alcohol-containing substances in the mouth, like mouthwash or stomach acid, could result in a falsely high reading. Some devices can malfunction, or may be incorrectly calibrated. Blood tests are the most accurate tests.
For a misdemeanor, a speedy trial should take 90 days, but most cases are resolved in three to six months. For a felony, a speedy trial should take 175 days, and most cases are resolved in five to seven months. In bigger cities or larger population areas, felonies might take several years to resolve.
A DUI will stay on someone's record for at least five years, and could be longer depending on which state the person lives in.
Different states define felonies differently. Some common ways a DUI can be elevated from a misdemeanor to a felony include:
  • If someone was injured.
  • If your BAC is elevated to a certain limit set by law. This limit is usually around .16.
  • If there are children in the vehicle.
  • If the driver has prior DUIs​.
  • If the driver's license is suspended, revoked or restricted.

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