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Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a list of the questions we're most frequently asked.

How should I choose a Michigan DUI lawyer?

Make sure your DUI lawyer is well versed in drunk driving defense law. But don't stop there.

With regard to possible defenses, discuss the case in detail with the DUI Lawyer (rather than an assistant who screens calls) so that the attorney can properly and efficiently analyze your case.

Even if you believe a certain detail is not important, disuss it anyway and allow the lawyer to decide the relevance of it. Time is of the essence to prevent destruction or loss of evidence, and there are a wide range of defenses that must be considered. Something that may not seem relevant to one defense can be critical to another.

For example, if you were smoking on the night of the arrest, that fact will likely be irrelevant with regard to a blood test to determine your blood alcohol content, but it may be very important if you were given a breath test.

If you allow me to conduct a free case review on the phone or by email, I will provide you with my initial assessment of your case, and we may then discuss a reasonable fee for defending the case.

Can I avoid a license sanction?

[Excluding an implied consent violation] The answer is no, unless you beat the drunk driving charge outright. License sanctions are now imposed by the secretary of state without the ability of the court to modify the sanctions in most situations. If you have further questions, review the sanctions imposed for various offenses under the license restoration section of this website.

How do you charge?

Mr. Cross usually charges a flat fee for his services which are competitive and affordable when compared to most attorneys' fees. But significantly, Mr. Cross does not charge an additional fee if you choose to go to trial. He believes strongly that you should not avoid trial for the simple reason that you can't afford it. Many lawyers will either charge an arm and a leg for trial knowing that the client will do anything to get the case dismissed, or they use a high fee to talk the client into NOT going to trial. Mr. Cross eliminates these games by charging one flat fee, and allowing YOU to decide whether to take your case to trial after Mr. Cross discusses the pros and cons of doing so based on the evidence. As a criminal trial practitioner, jury trials happen to be one of the more enjoyable aspects of Mr. Cross's practice, so he will encourage you to try your case if the evidence can support an acquittal.

Do you take payment plans?

Again, Mr. Cross attempts to avoid situations where his clients will not pursue their constitutional rights because they can't afford it. As a result, he will accept a payment plan commitment and trust that you will abide by your commitment.

Can you guarantee results?

The answer is no. The state of Michigan frowns on attorneys who guarantee their results. Mr. Cross, however, is committed to obtaining the best possible results for his clients for two reasons: 1) it's the right thing to do, and 2) if you are pleased with the service Mr. Cross provides, you will be more inclined to refer new clients to him because you trust that he will work his hardest for those new clients.


S. Joseph Cross PC is committed to answering your questions about criminal defense, DUI/OWI defense, and traffic law issues in Michigan.

I offer a free consultation and I’ll gladly discuss your case with you at your convenience. Contact me today to schedule an appointment.