You depend on your vehicle to drive to work, run errands, or pick up the kids from school. But a drunk driving charge could stop all that in its tracks.
Michigan uses the term OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) when talking about drunk driving. Although, you may be more familiar with the acronym DUI (Driving Under the Influence).
Here’s what you need to know about drunk driving offenses in Michigan.
The court will use the facts of your case to determine fines, jail time, and community service. For example, you may have more severe consequences if you drive drunk with a child in the backseat.
Since so many factors affect your fate, it’s important that you hire an OWI lawyer as soon as possible. Our drunk driving attorneys will make sure you understand what to expect and how to prepare.
It’s easier for the prosecution to build their case if your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) was 0.08% or higher. But the arresting officer can still testify that they witnessed, even if you were below the legal limit.
For example, they may have seen you weaving in traffic or heard you slur your words. Both of these actions may help to prove that you were too intoxicated to drive.
If you showed obvious signs of being drunk behind the wheel, an officer can request a warrant to get a blood test. A blood test is more accurate than a breathalyzer and will stand up in court when introduced as evidence.
Does this describe your situation? If so, don’t hesitate to hire one of our OWI attorneys as soon as possible to represent your case.
If you feel any effects from alcohol, you’re better off calling a cab or getting a ride with a sober friend. While having one or two drinks may not put you over the legal limit, it can reduce your reaction time while driving.
Short of taking a breathalyzer, it can also be hard to determine if you’ve had too much to drink. Don’t risk your life, the lives of others, and your driving privileges if you’re unsure.
Paying money for a cab is much less expensive than what you’ll have to pay in fines for drunk driving. Also, keep in mind that an OWI could land you time behind bars or doing community service. Both of which would take more time than collecting your car from the bar parking lot once you’re sober.
You should always take any OWI conviction seriously, especially if it’s your first. While the court could see one OWI as a lapse of judgment, any OWIs that follow show a pattern of substance abuse.
Our OWI attorneys can help you navigate the legal system so you can get the best outcome for your case.
In general, you can expect any of the following:
Our drunk driving attorneys are ready to take on your case! Call Peterson Paletta Balice to request a legal consultation. You may also fill out our online contact form to get started. We’re proud to serve clients in Grand Rapids and Ionia.