Not everyone that is pulled over or charged with drunk driving is guilty. Most OWI stops in Michigan occur at night when it is more difficult for drivers to see. They may have made a mistake that causes police or other motorists to believe they were driving while drunk. For example, a driver may have swerved out of their lane trying to miss an object or driven very slowly while trying to find a certain street. In any case, being charged with a DUI is very serious. It is important to understand the penalties associated with these charges, your rights and responsibilities under the law, and how a Caledonia DUI attorney can help with your case.
DUIs in Caledonia are charged as OWIs, or operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Similar to almost every other state in the country, a person may face OWI charges when they are driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that is greater than the 0.08% legal limit. Even when an individual’s BAC does not exceed this level, they may still face charges of operating while visibly impaired (OWVI) if law enforcement believes they do not have the capacity to safely operate a vehicle.
In the most serious of cases, a person may be charged with a felony OWI. The circumstances required for this charge are as follows:
A conviction for an OWI can include jail time, fines, a loss of your driver’s license, points on your license, increased car insurance premiums, and a permanent criminal record you cannot expunge. To avoid these penalties, it is essential to work with a Caledonia DUI attorney.
One of the most stressful aspects of an OWI charge is the loss of your driver’s license, even if you are not convicted. You may lose your driver’s license if:
Losing your driver’s license is only one consequence of an OWI conviction, but its effects are often longer-lasting than other penalties, such as fines. A Caledonia DUI attorney can help you appeal a suspension, or obtain a restricted license.
Being charged with a DUI, or any other related offense, is a serious legal matter. At Van Den Heuvel Law Office, our Caledonia DUI attorneys know how to aggressively defend these charges to give you the best chance of keeping not only your driver’s license, but your freedom, too. Call us today or contact us online to schedule a consultation.