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Clint Perryman, Attorney at Law

 

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Attorney Clint Perryman has been a resident of Genesee County for over 20 years. He is a graduate of Alma College in 2002 and a 2006 graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law school in Lansing. His practice is devoted and specialized for Criminal Defense.

After years of successful advocacy Attorney Perryman is one of the most respected Criminal Attorney’s in Genesee County and throughout Mid-Michigan. He has recently been recognized Nationally as on of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the State of Michigan and a Top 40 Attorney under 40 [years old] by the National Association of Trial Lawyers. He has also been listed in the Global Directory of Who’s Who of Attorney’s and Business Professionals.

Drunk Driving

An arrest for DUI in Michigan is an unexpectedly humbling experience. There are humiliating social stigmas that follow a drunk driving arrest, however people from all walks of life face the consequences associated with these charges on a daily basis. For some it will be the first time in their lives that they have felt that their lives were out of their control. Questions arise as to what will happen to your license, insurance rates, finances, and potentially your freedom. This series of emotions is natural and quite common in drunk driving cases.

Let me put my knowledge, vast experience and excellent reputation in Michigan Courts to work for you, as I help you attain the results you are hoping for. As your attorney, I will work tirelessly to protect your freedom and driving privileges.

In July 2009 the Michigan Legislature enacted Public Acts 461 and 462 which amended the Michigan Vehicle Code by imposing criminal penalties for operating a vehicle with BAC of 0.17 or more. It became effective October 31, 2010 and is now functionally known as “Super Drunk Driving.”

A first offense will be a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of 180 days (increased from 93 days) and/or a fine of at least $200.00 but not more than $700.00 (increased from not less than $100.00 but not more than $500.00). The remaining criminal penalties are the same.

However, the license sanctions are also increased. The Secretary of State must suspend a driver’s license for one year if there are no priors within the previous 7 years and no more than 2 convictions within the previous 10 years (as opposed to 6 months under the current law). A restricted license would be available after the first 45 days (as opposed to 30 days) of suspension.

The statute also requires an ignition interlock device that will be calibrated at 0.025. Additional suspensions are required if a person violates the conditions of the restricted license or attempts to operate a vehicle with a BAC of higher than 0.025. Mandatory rehabilitative programs are required. This condition currently applies to repeat drunk driving offenses.

You have probably already done some research yourself to determine the penalties associated with an OWI charge. Below I have listed the various offenses and the affect it will have on your license.

DUI / OWI PENALTY SHEET

Operating While Impaired (No BAC presumption) Operating While Intoxicated ( BAC .08 or higher)
1st Offense (no priors) Misdemeanor – 1 OR MORE:

  • Up to 93 days in jail
  • Fine of up to $300
  • Up to 360 hours community service
  • License sanctions: 90 days restricted
  • 4 points on license
  • $500 driver responsibility fee for two consecutive years
Misdemeanor – 1 OR MORE:

  • Up to 93 days in jail
  • Fine of $100 to $500
  • Up to 360 hours community service
  • License sanctions: 30 days suspended/150 days restricted
  • 6 points on license
  • $1,000 driver responsibility fee for two consecutive years
2nd Offense (any priors within 7 years) Misdemeanor

  • $200-$1000 fine

AND 1 OR MORE:

  • 5 days to 1 year in jail
  • 30 to 90 days community service

License sanctions: minimum 1 year revocation of license /no restriction is possible*

  • 4 points on license
  • $500 driver responsibility fee for two consecutive years
Misdemeanor

  • $200-$1000 fine

AND 1 OR MORE:

  • 5 days to 1 year in jail
  • 30 to 90 days community service

License sanctions: minimum 1 year revocation of license / no restriction possible*

  • 6 points on license
  • $1,000 driver responsibility fee for two consecutive years
3rd Offense (2 priors of any kind in past 10 years) FELONY

  • $500-$5000 fine

AND either:

  • 1 to 5 years in prison

OR

  • 30 days to 1 year in jail, probation and 60-180 days community service

License sanctions: minimum 1 to 5 year revocation*

  • Mandatory 1 – 3 year vehicle immobilization
FELONY

  • $500-$5,000 fine

AND either:

  • -1 to 5 years in prison

OR

  • -30 days to 1 year in jail, probation and 60-180 days community service

License sanctions: minimum 1 to 5 year revocation*

  • Mandatory 1 – 3 year vehicle immobilization
* NOTE: License reinstatement is not automatic. A hearing must be held before the Driver License Appeal Division (DLAD) to determine, among other things, if a driver’s substance abuse is under control and if the risk of the driver repeating past abuse behavior is low or minimal. You are allowed only one reinstatement hearing a year.

 

 

Driver’s License Restoration

It is difficult to imagine having your freedom to drive suspended or revoked. If this has happened to you for any length of time due to an alcohol or drug related conviction, it is important to understand your options. Seeking professional legal advice for restoring your driver’s license is instrumental in how quickly you can get all or part of your license restored.

Under current Michigan law, two drunk driving offenses within 7 years will result in a mandatory minimum one year license revocation. Three drunk driving offenses within 10 years will result in a mandatory minimum five year revocation. Getting your license back can only be accomplished after reapplying with the Driver’s License Appeal Division (DLAD).

Attorney Clint W. Perryman has the valuable experience and knowledge to assist you in regaining your license in DLAD, Implied Consent, and Circuit Court License Restoration Hearings.

 

Traffic Violations / Motor Vehicle Offenses

In Michigan, the Motor Vehicle Code is divided into two major categories, civil infractions and crimes. The most common criminal traffic offense is drunk driving which is covered extensively under the main practice areas accessible through the home page. Criminal penalties range from felony offenses (punishable by more than a year in jail) to a wide array of misdemeanors (punishable by up to a year in jail). The least severe traffic offenses are civil infractions which do not carry criminal penalties but can be punishable through heavy fines or points on your Driver’s License which could substantially raise a driver’s insurance rates.

Some of the other major traffic offenses include reckless driving, driving with a suspended license (DWLS), leaving the scene of an accident, and fleeing and eluding the police. Penalties for these offenses may include jail time, court fines, and license sanctions.

Attorney Clint W. Perryman has handled hundreds of these types of cases. He has the knowledge, legal experience, and is very resourceful in getting you the best possible outcome.

 

Drug Crimes

Drug charges are generally initiated when the police or other governmental agency search a person, a home, or a vehicle and discover illegal drugs. These charges can be successfully defended with the safeguards of the Fourth Amendment which protects people against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Acquiring an attorney immediately at the onset of a drug charge is essential in protecting your rights and determining the legality of the search, even when a search warrant is issued. Clint W. Perryman will break down law enforcement’s investigation of your case, including mishandling of evidence, invalid searches or improperly obtained warrants, and questionable information attained through confidential informants.

Clint W. Perryman has excelled at successfully defending cases involving narcotics and drugs such as cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana, meth, heroin, ecstasy, and prescription drugs.   He has successfully protected the rights and freedoms of many clients facing drug charges such as:

  • Drug Trafficking or Importation
  • Delivering and Manufacturing
  • Possession
  • Cultivation of Drugs
  • Manufacturing Methamphetamine or Other Drugs
  • Illegal Possession of Prescription Drugs
  • Drug Conspiracy or Racketeering

Attorney Perryman is very familiar with how to challenge these charges and will not be intimidated by what at times can be seemingly overwhelming evidence.

In association with the criminal case, both federal and state governments have the right to seize any lands or assets they believe have been acquired through funding from illegal activity. This is a civil case separate from your criminal case. The police are required to serve a forfeiture notice in this event, which will require immediate attention. Failure to act quickly could result in forfeiting your property.  Even if you are acquitted from criminal charges, you could still lose your assets from the civil forfeiture. An experienced criminal attorney can object to the forfeiture notice and assist with any civil forfeiture separate from criminal representation.

 

Drug Crimes

Drug charges are generally initiated when the police or other governmental agency search a person, a home, or a vehicle and discover illegal drugs. These charges can be successfully defended with the safeguards of the Fourth Amendment which protects people against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Acquiring an attorney immediately at the onset of a drug charge is essential in protecting your rights and determining the legality of the search, even when a search warrant is issued. Clint W. Perryman will break down law enforcement’s investigation of your case, including mishandling of evidence, invalid searches or improperly obtained warrants, and questionable information attained through confidential informants.

Clint W. Perryman has excelled at successfully defending cases involving narcotics and drugs such as cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana, meth, heroin, ecstasy, and prescription drugs.   He has successfully protected the rights and freedoms of many clients facing drug charges such as:

  • Drug Trafficking or Importation
  • Delivering and Manufacturing
  • Possession
  • Cultivation of Drugs
  • Manufacturing Methamphetamine or Other Drugs
  • Illegal Possession of Prescription Drugs
  • Drug Conspiracy or Racketeering

Attorney Perryman is very familiar with how to challenge these charges and will not be intimidated by what at times can be seemingly overwhelming evidence.

In association with the criminal case, both federal and state governments have the right to seize any lands or assets they believe have been acquired through funding from illegal activity. This is a civil case separate from your criminal case. The police are required to serve a forfeiture notice in this event, which will require immediate attention. Failure to act quickly could result in forfeiting your property.  Even if you are acquitted from criminal charges, you could still lose your assets from the civil forfeiture. An experienced criminal attorney can object to the forfeiture notice and assist with any civil forfeiture separate from criminal representation.

 

Record Expungement

Is your criminal record holding you back? If so, you may want to ask the court to expunge your record. Expunging your record means that your prior conviction is set aside. If you successfully expunge your record, you are considered to not have been convicted for most purposes. As a result it may be easier for you to get a job, housing or an approved line of credit.

To be eligible for record expunged you must meet very specific criteria. Most importantly, you are only eligible for an expungement if you have only ONE prior conviction. This rule applies to both felonies and misdemeanors. You may only have one total prior conviction in order to be eligible for expungement. Furthermore, you must wait at least five years from the date you were convicted. If your sentence involved any term of imprisonment then you must wait five years from the date you were released from prison / jail. There are numerous other criteria that applies when requesting an expungement, an experienced attorney such as Clint W. Perryman will be able to efficiently process your application and represent you at the hearing. The process can be complicated and just because you are eligible does not automatically mean a judge will grant your request. An experienced criminal defense lawyer will work hard to convince the deciding judge that you deserve to have your record expunged.

 

Misdemeanors

A misdemeanor is a crime punishable by a fine and carries a maximum penalty of a year in the county jail. Though Misdemeanors are far less serious than felonies, a conviction can seriously limit your employment opportunities or in certain instances, result in a denial of a professional license in some fields.

The most common misdemeanor charge is OWI/DWI (Operating While Intoxicated/Driving Under the Influence). Other examples of misdemeanors include domestic violence, assault and battery, pandering (soliciting a prostitute), indecent exposure, and possession of a small amount of drugs.

If you have been charged with one of these offenses, it is important to contact Clint W. Perryman a proactive and aggressive criminal defense attorney to protect your rights.

 

Sex Crimes & Offenses

Sex Crime Defense: Michigan

Under Michigan law, what is more commonly known as rape cases are referred to as criminal sexual conduct (CSC). CSC charges vary based on the alleged degree of culpability from 1st thru 4th degree. Sexual assault crimes carry severe punishments including possible life sentences and 25 year minimum prison terms.  With few exceptions, anyone convicted of sex related crimes in Michigan will be registered and listed on Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry for at least 25 years. All criminal sexual conduct crimes are very serious and must be handled correctly by an aggressive defense attorney.

If you have been accused of a sex offense, the stakes could not be higher. Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC) and other sex related offenses immediately create some of the worse social scrutiny. Unfortunately, common perception is that, if you were charged, you must have done something wrong.

Clint W. Perryman will defend an accused against all types of sex crimes and sexual abuse charges, including:

  • Sexual Assault/Rape
  • Statutory Rape/Teen Rape
  • Possession, Sale or Creation of Child Pornography
  • Solicitation of a Minor over the Internet
  • Unlawful Touching
  • Child Molestation

I am here to help defend these charges intelligently and aggressively and even the odds. These cases are very challenging and it is important to have someone you can trust assist you in these matters.

 

Domestic Abuse

Accusations of domestic violence are some of the most difficult and emotionally challenging charges to handle. Regardless of whether the alleged incident stems from the County Prosecutor or local municipality it is important you have an experienced, aggressive and accessible lawyer in your corner. Charges of Domestic assault carry a social stigma that can affect how the general public perceives you as a person.

In Michigan, the laws surrounding domestic violence tend to favor the prosecutor, not the person accused. Domestic assault is also one of the few charges where an alleged victim’s lack of desire to pursue the case doesn’t necessarily mean the case will be dismissed.

Call Clint W. Perryman for a consultation today. He has successfully defended countless people who face these very challenging, emotional charged offenses.

 

Theft Offenses

Theft and Larceny offense are charged in many different ways in Michigan. Generally defined, theft involves taking another person’s property without their permission and with the intention of permanently depriving the owner of the property. Depending upon the value of property stolen, an offender may face misdemeanor or felony charges.

Specific penalties that may be enforced for a theft conviction will vary from case to case and jurisdiction to jurisdiction. However, listed below are some basic penalties for larceny in Michigan, based upon the value of the property:

  • Less than $200 – up to 93 days in jail / fines of up to $500
  • $200 to less than $1,000 – up to 1 year in jail / fines of up to $2,000
  • $1,000 to less than $20,000 – up to 5 years in prison / fines of up to $10,000
  • $20,000 and up – up to 10 years in prison / fines of up to $15,000
  • (Note: The fines imposed upon sentencing for a theft crime may be up to three times the value of the property taken, if this is greater than the maximum fine that may otherwise be enforced.)

Breaking and Entering and/or Home Invasion (dwelling is involved) are also commonly charged and occur when a person breaks and enters a building or dwelling with the intent to commit a felony or larceny once inside. These charges present some of the most severe penalties an individual can face in Michigan and require swift attention of Clint W. Perryman to help you fight these types of theft charges.

 

Firearm and Weapons Offenses

In Michigan there are many criminal offenses that involve the use or mere possession of a firearm or other object defined as a “weapon” for legal classification.

One of the most commonly charged felony offenses is Carrying a Concealed Weapon (CCW) which generally involves a pistol but could also apply to stabbing weapons or any item carried as a weapon for the purpose of assault or defense. Often times the CCW charge is just one of the listed offenses that are charged with additional offenses such as Felony Firearm (2 yr mandatory prison sentence if convicted), Felon in Possession, or Carrying a Weapon with Unlawful Intent.

A Felony Firearm conviction carries a two-year minimum sentence that runs consecutive to any potential incarceration for the other charged offenses. A second conviction carries a mandatory five-year minimum sentence. With crime being so apparent more severe penalties are imposed if a firearm is illegally in you possession while committing other crimes.

When facing criminal charges involving a firearm or other weapon it is vital to have an aggressive attorney fighting for you. Clint W. Perryman has years of experience defending clients from criminal charges, and has successfully got charges dismissed and sentences greatly reduced. The appropriate defense attorney may be the only way to protect your constitutional rights and gain the most favorable disposition for your case.

 

Personal Injury Cases

Personal injury generally refers to situations when a entity/agent or an individual is negligent and causes injury either physically or mentally to another person due to unintentional actions. This area of practice also includes medical malpractice, which occurs when a medical professional neglects or omits adequate treatment to a patient, resulting in injury or loss of life.

An injured party may be entitled to financial compensation for the suffering they’ve experienced. To recover damages, the plaintiff/injured party must prove that the defendant had a legal duty to show care; that they did not; and finally they must prove that the defendant’s carelessness or inaction caused the injury or damages. A advance cause and effect analysis.

It is important to call for a free case evaluation as you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries.

 

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