OWI / DUI
Drunk driving attorneys at our law firm will give you your best chance to stay out of jail and protect your driver’s license.
After being charged with OWI, (commonly referred to as DUI or drunk driving) or any other drinking and driving related offense, you may not know exactly where to turn for help, or who the right attorney is to represent you.
Our law firm offers experienced, aggressive, and effective drunk driving defense that focuses on keeping you out of jail and protecting your driver’s license from suspension.
We are some of the most aggressive and influential drunk driving attorneys in town! Our complete drunk driving defense can includes challenges to:
- Probable cause and illegal search and seizure motions to dismiss
- Suppress field sobriety and breath test evidence
- Suspended driver’s license and license restoration issues
- Speeding, reckless driving and other moving violations defense
- Criminal and Drivers record expungements
There are some basic things you should remember if you have been stopped and asked to take a field sobriety test or breathalyzer test to determine your blood alcohol level. Contact us right away to talk about the charges against you or a family member. The sooner we can start your aggressive defense, the better chance we have of protecting your rights and your freedom.
We invite you to learn more about drunk driving defense and our drunk driving attorneys with our law firm’s information below.
Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is against the law in Michigan. These drunk driving offenses are taken seriously in every court of law. The awareness about the negative effects of drunk driving along with pressure from various activist groups has pushed law enforcement officials, judges, and politicians in Michigan toward securing convictions for those accused of OWI, DUI or drunk driving offenses. This makes it difficult for anyone charged with drunk driving offenses to receive a fair trial.
Drunk Driving Conviction Penalties
Drunk driving referred to as OWI in Michigan and refers to an individual’s inability to operate a vehicle as a result of alcohol. OWI laws in Michigan depend on a number of factors surrounding your case including prior convictions, parole status, and more. Some possible punishments and penalties of drunk driving convictions include:
- Jail time
- Loss of drivers license and insurance
- Vehicle impounded
- Court ordered rehab or driving school
- Hefty fines
- …and others!
Drunk Driving Defense
The renowned drunk driving attorneys at Michigan Criminal Lawyers understand the importance of developing a solid legal defense for you and are dedicated to working to protect your interests. We can build your drunk driving defense based on a variety of possibilities to reduce or dismiss your charges.
If you, a family member, or someone you know has been accused of drunk driving, don’t face the charges without proper representation in the court. A knowledgeable and experienced drunk driving attorney can make sure your rights are not violated and help reduce or dismiss your drunk driving charges. Tap into the experience of our law firm today for a complimentary case evaluation.
Do The Police Have To Witness Bad Driving Before Pulling Someone Over For Suspected OWI In Michigan?
That’s a really good question, and to answer it, we have to look at the lingo of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) versus Operating While Intoxicated (OWI), as it’s called in Michigan. Operating is defined as the ability to operate the vehicle, so in Michigan, you don’t even have to be actually driving a vehicle in order to be charged with an OWI. You could be in the driver’s seat without the keys in the ignition, but still having the ability to drive or operate the vehicle…that is what’s important; If the keys are within your reach, you can still be charged with Operating Under the Influence. Read More
What Happens To My Driver’s License During And After My OWI Case In Michigan If I Have Given A Breath Or Blood Sample? What If I Refused?
If you’re charged with Operating Under the Influence, you don’t immediately lose your license. The officer will give you a temporary driving permit if you cooperated by taking a breath test or urine test. The paper permit allows you to drive unrestricted (as long as your driver’s license was unrestricted prior to getting stopped) during the pendency of your case. You won’t be reissued a picture license until the end of your case. Read More
What Is The Current Law In Michigan As It Relates To Marijuana Levels In Your System And Operating A Motor Vehicle?
In Michigan, we have what’s called Operating Under the Influence of Drugs (OUID), which involves the same penalties as Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) but has different definitions for what has influenced your driving capabilities. Because marijuana is now legal in Michigan for both recreational and medical purposes, you’re allowed to operate with the presence of marijuana. Before marijuana became legal, they could charge you for having any amount in your system. Now, you can drive with marijuana in your system, as long as you’re not under the influence, meaning it can’t materially or substantially affect the way that you drive, which is the legal definition of operating under the influence in Michigan. Read More