Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Michigan may result in a serious felony conviction. Fatalities caused by an impaired driver may lead to a sentencing of up to life in prison. At Lucido & Manzella, P.C., we recognize the strengths and weaknesses of your particular case, including when determining if pleading no contest may be a valid option for a defense strategy.
As reported by the Detroit News, a 23-year-old Michigan man who was charged with killing five people while driving under the influence was able toÂ plead no contest to numerous charges. The driver was charged with a total of 19 felony offenses including five second-degree murder charges. Because the defendant chose to plead no contest, it was not necessary for him to admit to any of his offenses nor deny them in court.
Allegedly, the driver did not possess a valid driverâ€™s license and was found to have had a blood-alcohol level of .15, which is twice the legal limit, when he ran his Subaru Impreza through a stop sign and slammed into a Cadillac. The driver of the Cadillac survived, but his three Macomb County passengers did not. Two of the three passengers in the Subaru were also killed in the crash.
When you decide to plead guilty or no contest in Michigan, you generally waive your right to a jury trial. In some circumstances, you may prefer to move forward to a judgeâ€™s decision and sentencing rather than face a jury. Our page on criminal defenseÂ provides more information on how you may exercise your rights when charged with committing a crime
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Lâ€™Tonya Marie Payne, a 51-year-old black woman, is facing misdemeanor assault charges following an altercation. The complaining witness, who is white, stated the police would not believe Ms. Payne due to her skin color. Attorney Vince Manzella is working alongside Ms. Payne to fight these allegations, as she was arrested simply on the basis of the witnessâ€™s word.
Joseph Wolf, former director of the Detroit Stars, was sentenced to two years of supervised probation. Wolf pleaded guilty to embezzling funds from the nonprofit youth baseball league. Typically, the felony count can result in up to 10 years in prison, a fine of $15,000, and other charges, but Lucido & Manzella, P.C. was able to help the client receive a reduced sentence.
Charles Frontera, a former Roseville city councilman, was sentenced to a year of probation after a misdemeanor charge was dismissed at sentencing. During a pretrial conference, Mr. Frontera pleaded guilty to substance possession, and in doing so, Attorney Manzella was able to protect the client from severe charges.
William Weber, owner of Weber Security Group Inc., was accused by former Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith of falsifying an invoice that allegedly confirmed the installation of a security system at Smithâ€™s home. Despite the caseâ€™s complexity, Lucido & Manzella, P.C. successfully defended Mr. Weber against four felonies, which included larceny by conversion, forgery, aiding and abetting, and concealing stolen property.