March 11, 2015

Gerry Spence, Geoffrey Feiger and Michigan Drunk Driving

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It must be well known by now that in August of 2007 Michigan’s most famous, Mr. Geoffrey Feiger, was indicted on a ten-count complaint, alleging various manners and forms of violation of the Federal Campaign Act.  Feiger retained Gerry Spence to represent him, who later indicated Feiger’s would be his last trial.  On June 2, 2008 the jury acquitted Feiger on all 10 counts.

In this fascinating video Feiger and Spence talk about the case with attendees/students of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College. Specifically, Feiger talks about the impact a conviction would have had on his life and those connected with him.  He never addresses incarceration, or what might otherwise be the obvious or expected punishment for a criminal conviction of this kind, but does refer to a criminal conviction as a death sentence; primarily because of the collateral consequences of a conviction.

What is particularly interesting about this case and Feiger’s video is that he explains how it feels to have the full power of the government bearing down upon you.  And, how it feels to contemplate the gravity of impact presented by the prospect of a criminal conviction.

At the Barone Defense Firm we have found that many of our clients feel just the same way about their cases.  Simply being charged with drunk driving in Michigan is stressful enough, but when you start to think about what it would mean to be convicted, it’s something else altogether.

Many of our clients feel as if a Michigan drunk driving conviction would, for them, be like the death penalty and that their life, as they know it, would come to an end.

If you’ve been arrested for drunk driving in Michigan, and you are trying to decide what to do, and what lawyer to hire, and if it’s worth it to fight the case, do what Geoffrey Feiger did and think about all the people that depend on you, and how they might be impacted by a conviction.  Then, just like Feiger, hire the best lawyer you can find.

Patrick Barone is the founding partner and CEO at the Barone Defense Firm, with offices in Birmingham and Grand Rapids Michigan.  Its six lawyers, exclusively represent citizens accused of intoxicated driving, including those cases involving injury or death.  No other cases are accepted. You may contact Mr. Barone at his web site, or by phone at 248.594.4554.


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The acronyms DUI, DWI, OMVI and OVI all refer to the same thing: operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The most commonly used terms are DUI, an acronym for Driving Under the Influence, and DWI, an acronym for Driving While Impaired.
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