DUI Criminal Records
If You are Found Guilty of a Michigan DUI, 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 DUI defendants in their local newspaper.
A Michigan DUI 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 DUI 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 DUI arrest into a national database. In cases where your DUI is outright dismissed or if you are acquitted at trial, your Michigan DUI attorney will still have to take steps to ensure 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 DUI 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 DUI records is 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 DUI with just a few well-directed clicks. Furthermore, even if a particular court has not posted your Michigan DUI 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 DUI.
A Michigan DUI 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 DUI can cause your automobile insurance rates to double, triple or even quadruple. Even worse, some insurers will automatically cancel an insured member's account when learning of a Michigan DUI.
If you have been charged with a Michigan DUI, you need to take the allegation seriously. DUI lawyer 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 DUI arrest. Additionally, Mr. Lippitt possesses the legal scholarship necessary to develop potential constitutional challenges of your Michigan DUI arrest.
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