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DUI charges can be harrowing. No one likes to get stopped by the police for any reason, but the stakes become significantly higher if you find yourself facing down the barrel of a DUI.
DUIs—or OWIs (Operating While Intoxicated) as they are called in Michigan—almost always come from a miscalculation or mistake. This is usually true whether they are first-time DUIs or not. These are errors of judgement that are often made in a single moment. They are not usually intentionally reckless or harmful or malicious. Much more often, they are simply the result of, say, losing track of how much wine you had with dinner, or over-estimating the power of the last cup of coffee before you hit the road, or even just assuming that you could make it back a short drive home down familiar roads after one too many instead of leaving your car at the bar and calling an Uber.
The truth is, there are many scenarios that may lead an otherwise responsible person to get behind the wheel of a car with alcohol or drugs in their system. However, regardless of how and why you got there, if you have been charged with a DUI in Michigan, you are likely facing a rather serious problem.