Most of us have experienced the unnerving experience of hearing a siren and seeing red lights in our rearview mirrors. However, when that detention by a police officer leads to an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI), the stakes and costs significantly increase. A DUI conviction can result in jail time, substantial fines, loss of driver’s license, loss of or increase in automobile insurance, humiliation, and other devastating consequences. Miel & Carr have aggressive and seasoned Grand Rapids criminal attorneys who possess the knowledge and skills to successfully represent you during this stressful criminal action.
Driving Under the Influence – The State’s Burden of Proof: Beyond Reasonable Doubt
Driving under the influence cases are highly-complex legal matters. To sustain a conviction, the State must prove each and every element of a DUI beyond a reasonable doubt, which is the highest burden of legal proof. Reasonable doubt does not mean beyond any doubt, but means essentially more likely than not. Reasonable doubt takes into account all the evidence, including physical evidence such as blood alcohol level, urine samples, and witnesses, e.g. the arresting officer(s). Our firm’s criminal attorneys will thoroughly counsel you regarding reasonable doubt and how it applies to your individual case.
Your Grand Rapids criminal defense attorney will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your case, including whether to plea or proceed to trial. This will depend on whether your attorney believes the State has the evidence to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt and what viable defenses may defeat the State’s case.
Retaining a Grand Rapids Criminal Attorney
If you are facing driving under the influence charges, you are likely concerned about the legal and personal consequences. Miel & Carr possesses the requisite skill, knowledge, and experience to provide successful legal representation in this serious criminal matter. The State aggressively prosecutes DUI actions; please allow our firm to aggressively defend you. Please contact Miel & Carr at 616-773-2945 to confer with a Grand Rapids criminal defense attorney regarding your driving under the influence action.