If you are found guilty of Michigan OWI it will enter as a conviction on your permanent criminal record. While not common, there are some communities that actually print the name of convicted Michigan OWI defendants in their local newspaper. A Michigan OWI conviction can cause you embarrassment and humiliation with your family, friends and work colleagues. You will want to do everything that is humanly possible to spare you from having a Michigan OWI on your record.
Even in cases in which you have been found 100% innocent there is still a record of your arrest that will be permanently accessible via electronic records. Some courts will automatically file all the documents associated with a Michigan OWI arrest into a national database. In cases where your OWI is outright dismissed or if you are acquitted at trial your Michigan OWI defense attorney will still have to take steps to insure that these records are purged and expunged from the court’s records.
The Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) is a national database that is used by federal, state and municipal law enforcement agencies. Employment decisions are often predicated upon this information. Additionally, bail recommendations, plea bargains and sentencing recommendations are based, in part, upon the information contained in LEIN’s database. Defendants charged with a Michigan OWI will have an entry in the LEIN system. This is true even if you are completely exonerated.
The LEIN database is also accessed by potential employers, and your appearance in the database can serve as a basis for denial of employment. Also, education institutions often look to the LEIN database when considering applications for acceptance.
The recent proliferation of internet based searches has also made the presence of LEIN database information more troubling. Easy access to Michigan OWI records are now easier to obtain than ever. Many of Michigan’s larger counties now allow anyone to access their online court databases. A potential employer can now learn about a Michigan OWI with just a few well directed clicks. Furthermore, even if a particular court has not posted your Michigan OWI records online, all Michigan court records are considered to be public information. Private investigators, or other motivated individuals, can easily acquire the records of a Michigan OWI.
A Michigan OWI conviction is automatically placed on your driving record with the Michigan Secretary of State. The Secretary of State maintains a document called a “driver’s license abstract”. Insurers routinely download copies of your abstract when setting your car insurance rates. The event of a Michigan OWI can cause your automobile insurance rates to double, triple or even quadruple. Even worse, some insurers will automatically cancel an insured when learning of a Michigan OWI.
If you have been charged with a Michigan OWI you need to take the allegation seriously. Attorney Richard I. Lippitt has the experience and knowledge that is required to confront your case. Mr. Lippitt employs a vast network of scientific and blood experts who can potentially challenge your Michigan OWI arrest. Additionally, Mr. Lippitt possesses the legal scholarship necessary to develop potential constitutional challenges of your Michigan OWI arrest.
Michigan OWI defense attorney Richard I. Lippitt is highly skilled and experienced in investigating and challenging the facts and circumstances of Michigan OWI arrests. Mr. Lippitt appears in Michigan courts over 350 times each year in defense of Michigan OWIs.
Attorney Richard I. Lippitt stands ready to provide you with a free, no obligation meeting regarding your Michigan OWI felony arrest. Please call or request a Free Case Evaluation via the form on this page.