Welcome to the 15th District Court bench as a new judge. Here is some information about Judge Perry prior to becoming a judge in Ann Arbor.
Miriam A. Perry currently serves as a clinical teaching fellow in the University of Michigan Law School’s Veterans Legal Clinic. Prior to the fellowship, Perry worked as an assistant public defender for Washtenaw County, representing clients in a wide range of criminal proceedings. She has also served as a judicial attorney for the 3rd Circuit Court of Wayne County and a law clerk for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Perry is a member of the Black Women Lawyers Association, National Bar Association, Washtenaw County Bar Association, Women Lawyers Association, NAACP, and Ann Arbor Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Spelman College and earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Miriam is a life-long resident of Ann Arbor.
“I am humbled, honored, and grateful for the appointment to the 15th District Court,” Perry said. “My life’s work has revolved around serving people in this community. I am looking forward to helping ensure that a culture of fairness and impartiality exists for all people, in all cases.”
Michigan OWI Child Endangerment
If charged with a DUI with someone younger than 16 in the vehicle, you will face a more serious drunk driving charge.
This means greater consequences to your driver's license and potential jail time.
The charge has the same elements as a normal drunk driving, but if someone in your car is under 16, then the charge is elevated. This would mean anyone from a baby to a teenager.
As a former prosecutor, I can tell you that a prosecutor will take this type of elevated charge even more seriously than a standard drunk driving. Generally on a sliding scale, the older the age of the children, the better, but even 15 years and 364 days old, the offense would be elevated.
The penalties if convicted will include up to one year in jail, fines of up to $1,000, driver's license suspension, and more. A second offense Michigan OWI child endangerment within seven years of the first offense will leave you facing up to 5 years in jail, fines of as much as $5,000, revocation of your driver's license, potential community service and probation, and more.
A client charged OWI Child Endangerment would be proactive like any other client, but we certainly will address the additional issue of the child. Assuming the driver is a parent or guardian of the person under 16, we are going to double down on alcohol testing, counseling and potentially seek out some additional resources.
It's easy to feel like a bad parent or you don't love your child for getting a DUI with them in your vehicle, but if you and the child are both physically OK, then it is something to learn and grow from, and be better moving forward. We cannot change the past, but we do control the future.
We look forward to working with Judge Brian Hartwell on upcoming drunk driving cases in the 43rd District Court.
To learn more about DUI's in this court, here is a helpful link -
Drunk Driving Oakland County - Welcome Prosecutor McDonald
We look forward to seeing how her office handles DUI's in Oakland County.
"Please call me by my first name, and don’t be afraid to share your ideas."
Oakland County Prosecutor-Election Karen McDonald will be stepping in to her new role Jan. 1, but wants to build a solid foundation first and foremost with office staff to ensure a smooth transition and term as part of transition process.
McDonald, a former county circuit court judge, defeated her Republican opponent Lin Goetz on Election Day and Jessica Cooper, who has served as the county prosecutor since 2009, during the August primary election. She received the highest number of votes of any countywide candidate, Democrat or Republican, in both the primary and general elections.
If charged with a misdemeanor DUI in Romulus, New Boston, Huron Township, Belleville, Van Buren Township, Detroit Metro Airport or Sumpter Township the case will be heard by Judge Lisa Martin, Green or Oakley who handle the drunk driving cases at the 34th District Court. The prosecutor will either be one of the local prosecutors for Romulus, Belleville, Van Buren Township, the special airport prosecutor or an assistant prosecutor from Wayne County, which is lead by Kim Worthy.
Drunk Driving Expungement Michigan Attorney
If you or someone you love has been convicted of drunk driving in Michigan, there are now options available to have the conviction removed from your record. Prior to the law changing, someone convicted of drunk driving had to live the rest of their life with a criminal record. Under current Michigan law, we can now expunge a first offense drunk driving.
If someone has more than one drunk driving, there are other methods to be considered, and I would encourage you to reach out to discuss, but for now, we are going to focus on first offense DUI's for expungement consideration.
Here is how the process works:
When someone files an expungement in Michigan, there are a lot of different agencies involved, and everyone needs to agree to expunge the DUI conviction.
1. Michigan State Police - they are the custodian of the Michigan DUI conviction and must verify your record.
2. Michigan Attorney General is asked to submit a response to the expungement request, and they can fight and advocate for your DUI not to be expunged.
3. The original prosecutor on the case. Either the county, city, township, or village; whoever was the original prosecutor on your Michigan DUI will have an opportunity to object to your request and will appear in court to share their response with the judge.
4. The original judge makes the ultimate decision based upon the input of the other people involved in your case.
We will submit a comprehensive expungement application and supporting documents; above and beyond a few sheets of paper, which will likely be rejected by prosecutor and judge. This is a big request; removing a DUI from a criminal record has NEVER been done in Michigan under the expungement process. We need to take our very best shot. You've lived all these years with a drunk driving on your record, let's do this right!
When the new law was passed, the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, the Michigan Sheriffs' Association and the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police opposed the bill. Here is what they said when the new law was passed
“Prosecutors are concerned about the underlying dynamics of drunk driving and therefore couldn’t philosophically support the policy," Matt Wiese, president of the prosecutors association, said in a statement.
I anticipate that it will be an uphill battle to have DUI's expunged in Michigan, which is why I have created a dynamic approach to helping my clients give themselves the very best chance to erase the DUI from their record. Like my clients who come to me for new DUI's, my expungement DUI clients will be very proactive, organized and comprehensive in their approach.
I look forward to discussing your DUI expungement with you. When you reach out, please have the following information available. Do not worry about formal records, we can help you track those down, but do your best to know the following:
1. The original court and judge
2. The year (exact date best) of when you were sentenced and were off probation. Again, I can help you with exact dates, but any information there will be helpful
I will likely have you walk me through what you've been doing since discharged from probation, such as career, education, family and community. We will help you get organized and put your best foot forward but be prepared to be an active participate in the process.
You can either call me at 248-924-9458, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the information form on this page, and I will get back to you in a timely manner.
Congrats to Judge Erane Washington for winning her judicial race at the 14B District Court. We look forward to sharing our proactive defense with her as we represent clients moving forward in her court.
Welcome new 45A District Court Judge Horowitz to the bench starting in 2021!
Michigan Drunk Driving Expungement Attorney
According to the story below, first time drunk drivers may be eligible to have their conviction expunged under a new law. If this happens, it opens the door for hundreds of thousands of people to potentially clean their record and have a fresh start in life. Because the demand for expungements will be at an all-time high, I have created a contact form to fill out in order to get the process started on your case.
If the law passes, I will follow-up with you so we can discuss your options. Like all of my clients, we will take a comprehensive approach to this potential expungement. Simply submitting the forms is not enough. I am putting together a dynamic approach to help clients clean their DUI's off their records and I look forward to helping you.
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When a sweeping bill package reforming the state’s criminal records expungement process was signed into law earlier this year, the number of convictions eligible to be wiped from public record expanded exponentially — but drunk driving offenses weren’t part of it.
That could change under legislation that passed the Michigan Senate this week.
Senate Bill 1254, sponsored by Sen. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, would amend the state’s current prohibition on expunging operating while intoxicated convictions involving alcohol to let people apply to set aside a first-time offense starting in April 2021. It passed the Senate 29-7 in a Wednesday vote.
First-time DUI and OWI offenses would not be eligible for automatic expungement under the legislation, a key provision in the expungement reform package signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in October. Under the new law, the waiting period for people to apply for expungement would range from three to seven years depending on what type of and how many convictions a person has.
Essentially, an expungement of a person’s criminal records seals them from public view — meaning the conviction would no longer show up in a background check, but could be accessed by law enforcement officials should a person commit future crimes.
Expanding the number of criminal records eligible for expungement and making it easier for people to clear old criminal records earned broad bipartisan support in the legislature, but McBroom, Attorney General Dana Nessel and others questioned why the package excluded first-time drunk driving offenses when for many people, it’s an error in judgment.
“We’re saying you’re a leper if you’ve got a DUI from alcohol, but everything else we can forgive,” McBroom said in October on the Senate floor when explaining his reasoning for voting against the initial package.
Rep. Graham Filler, R-DeWitt — a key player in shepherding the initial expungement package through the legislature — has said he was concerned adding first-time operating while intoxicated offenses to the initial expungement package could have put the bipartisan agreement at risk.
McBroom’s bill would also need to pass the House before the end of the current legislative session and be signed by Whitmer to become law. After canceling session this week following a staffer’s positive COVID-19 test, the House has three scheduled session dates left in the year.
1. Being proactive makes your life less stressful, because you have a daily plan of alcohol testing, AA meetings, counseling sessions, community engagement, and other positive steps. It's like being on a daily workout plan.
2. You'll sleep better at night knowing that you spent 24 hours helping your case, and tomorrow is another day of positive steps in the right direction.
3. Your family and friends will see positive changes in your life. Many clients have more energy, focus and drive when following a proactive plan.
4. Achieving your goals as easier to handle day by day vs viewing the case as beginning and end. There are steps in the middle, which 99 percent of the population ignores.
5. You'll be more confident walking into the court for the first time. It's like preparing for an exam or a performance vs just showing up and winging it. Which sounds like a better approach?
6. If placed on probation, it's going to be a lot easier to succeed, because you've been on a similar plan even before going to court. You will be able to do many of the steps on your own terms, and be further ahead that others with a clear path to the finish line.
7. You won't need to use your GPS to get back on track. Imagine you're looking for a restaurant or a store, and you take a wrong turn and end up back on the freeway. You now need to go 2 miles to get off, and come back another 2 miles. Being proactive means making a quick u-turn and getting back on track without the frustration
8. You will save money and a lot of time. If a judge rewards you by making your terms and length of probation shorter, you save a lot of money. Pretty simple.
9. You will feel purpose in the case. You wish you could go back in time and make this go away, but that's not possible. Embrace it; this happened for a reason. It has a purpose. This is manageable; get over the anger, sadness and disappointment in yourself, and realize this happened for a reason; find the good in it.
10. I'll save this one for when you contact me ...
DUI Attorney & Former Prosecutor Jonathan Paul