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DUI Records

After an driving under the influence (DUI) conviction, your offense will be included in your adult criminal record and can be accessed by the public. In some cases, your conviction may also be published in your local newspaper, where it can be seen by your spouse, family members, friends, colleagues – even your boss! The only way to avoid being branded with a Michigan OWI record is to fight your pending charges.

Many people are unaware that they can have an OWI record even if they are acquitted or their case is dismissed. Depending on the jurisdiction, all of the paperwork related to a drunk-driving charge may be automatically filed with the court as well as a national database. If this is the case, and your OWI is dismissed or you win at trial, then you will need an OWI defense lawyer to help expunge, or erase, these records from your file.

The federal government keeps a national database of crimes that can be accessed by state and local law enforcement agencies. This information is used to make screen potential employees, negotiate plea bargains, determine to the sentence, and make bail recommendations. This database can also be used to limit the purchase of firearms and restrict employment in education for those convicted of a felony. If you are charged with an OWI, your records will appear on this database.

Michigan OWI records can also be used to determine eligibility for certain jobs or schools. While some employers or schools will request a copy of your criminal record upfront, others can ask for authorization to conduct a background check.

The Internet is also making access to OWI records easier than ever before. Many courts allow the public to view criminal records online, which makes it easy for a curious person to find information about your OWI. Even if your local court doesn't post records on their website, a private investigator could compile these reports for a paying customer.

Your OWI can also be reported on your driving record. Once your insurer reviews this record, your premiums may be raised or your policy could even be terminated.

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Patrick Barone is the ONLY choice for DUI defense. He was realistic from the start and made it a point to look at my case before taking my money. As a business owner, when I think of attorneys, I think of the "shark infested waters. Patrick is a shark alright, but his prey is not the client; it's justice for his client. Ten stars Patrick!! Chris F.
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Attorney Patrick Barone was very helpful and helped me understand the charge and sentence absolutely clearly. He also guided me through step by step helping me form a statement. His instructions were clear and detailed. It was obvious he cared about me understanding every important detail within my case. I would absolutely recommend this defense firm to anyone in need. Aaron B.
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The Barone Defense Firm is the firm I recommend. They are truly concerned about the person, not just the legal issue, but the person as well. They are the most knowledgeable defense firm that I am aware of, having actually written the book on DWI Defense. If you are faced with a DWI you will not find a more professional and skilled law firm. But, most importantly, they care about how the accused individual recovers his or her life when the case is complete. Very remarkable group of lawyers. William H.