Michigan OWI Lawyers
MICHIGAN OWI CHARGES
Michigan’s stance on drunk driving involves many hard-and-fast rules. However, there is ample room for negotiation within the legal limits. Friedman Law Firm will assess the particulars of your case and push for the results you seek.
In Michigan, drunk driving is one of the most prosecuted crimes. Michigan refers to drunk driving offenses as “Operating While Intoxicated” (OWI) rather than “Driving Under the Influence” (DUI). Whatever the label, this type of offense is often associated with other crimes such as driving while under the influence of narcotics (even if prescribed by your physician) or boating while under the influence.
Possible Penalties For Michigan OWI Charges
Usual results are one or more of the following:
- Jail time
- Hefty fines
- License repeal
- Random drug and alcohol testing
- Educational classes
- Community service
Michigan OWI Blood Alcohol Content Limits
Michigan has rigorous blood alcohol content (BAC) limits, set forth in the state’s Impaired Driving Law:
|Under 21||.00 No tolerance|
|Over 21||.08 or greater|
|Commercial||.04 or greater|
No matter their BAC, Michigan drivers showing signs of impairment can be arrested. It is a crime for drivers to have a BAC of .08 or greater if over age 21 or .02 or greater if under 21. What’s more, under Michigan’s high-BAC law, drivers found with a BAC of .17 or higher will be charged with additional penalties.
Consequences For First-Time Michigan OWI Offenders
Specific consequences for first-time offenders, based on the BAC, are as follows:
|Penalty||BAC below .17||BAC .17 or higher|
|Monetary Fine||Up to $500||Up to $700|
|Jail Sentence||Up to 93 days||Up to 180 days|
|Community Service||Up to 360 hours||Up to 360 hours|
|License Suspension||Up to 180 days||Up to 1 year|
|Points on License||6 points||6 points|
|Alcohol Treatment Program||N/A||Mandatory completion|
|Ignition Interlock on Vehicle||N/A||Follows license suspension of 45 days or more|
|Driver incurs cost of installation upkeep||Required to obtain a restricted license|
Additional Penalties For Convicted Michigan Drunk Drivers
Beyond these consequences, convicted Michigan drunk drivers may face additional penalties — especially if they have been previously charged with drunk driving or a related act in Michigan.
- Extra $1,000 penalty for two consecutive years under the Driver Responsibility Act.
- Automatic 1-year license suspension for refusing a breath test.
- Automatic 2-year license suspension for 2nd refusal of a breath test within 7 years.
- Automatic 5-year license suspension for 3rd refusal of a breath test within 7 years.
The legal consequences of driving drunk are determined not only by the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC), but also the circumstances leading to arrest. These details determine whether a Michigan DUI is a felony, misdemeanor, or lesser charge reached in a plea bargain.
Experienced Michigan OWI Lawyers
OWI is a crime, and in Michigan, it is a significant crime with little mercy shown. The Friedman Law Firm is proficient in defending the rights of our DUI clients, and as a result, we have achieved many positive results. Using our years of experience in this area of the law, Michigan DUI attorneys at The Friedman Law Firm will always work to minimize the impact any OWI charge can have on your future. Let our team at The Friedman Law Firm achieve the best possible results for your difficult situation.
The Best Law Firm for Your Michigan OWI Case
Every state has harsh drunk driving laws. That’s why choosing a Michigan OWI lawyer with expertise in this area of the law is a must. Whether you reside in Royal Oak, Berkley, Madison Heights, Ferndale, or the surrounding areas, Friedman Law Firm is the premier Michigan OWI law firm for resolving drunk driving cases. Our talented and skilled Michigan attorneys can help you be sure that you understand all the laws that apply to your case, and the consequences that could follow. We want to work with you to create the best possible outcome, one that results in only minimal disruption to your life. Learn how our Michigan OWI Lawyers can help by contacting us today.
Facing Michigan DUI Charges? Call Our Michigan OWI Attorneys Today!
A Michigan OWI charge can alter your life and the lives of your family members in significant ways. Don’t leave the outcome to chance. Our experienced Michigan OWI Lawyers will comb through every factor that pertains to your Michigan OWI case, including your driving and criminal history, the police report, breath tests, and reported roadside behavior. Do not hesitate to protect your future following a Michigan drunk driving incident.
To avoid the high costs and devastating impact of Michigan OWI charges, contact The Friedman Law Firm today. Many satisfied clients have benefitted from working with our team on their Michigan OWI case. Call 248-932-0900 or request your Free Consultation today. We’re ready to help win your Michigan OWI case.
Our Michigan OWI Attorneys Can Help
Because every outcome has life-altering possibilities, the experienced legal team of Friedman Law Firm will review every aspect of your case, including driving and criminal history, police report, breath tests, and roadside behavior. If you are ready to begin safeguarding your future following a drunk driving incident, we are standing by for your no-cost consultation.
For help with your Michigan drunk driving case, please contact Friedman Law Firm today.