In Michigan, drunk driving is charged as operating while intoxicated (OWI). An OWI charge is the same as a DWI or DUI charge in other states – it is the crime of operating a motor vehicle while one’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08% or higher.
OWI is a complicated charge. The severity of the charge and the penalties an individual faces can vary widely according to the individual’s previous criminal record, his or her BAC at the time of his or her arrest, and the presence of any aggravating factors. Any time you are facing an OWI charge, it is in your best interest to work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer to fight it.
There are a few different types of OWI charge. They are:
The penalties an individual faces for an OWI conviction depend on a variety of factors. These factors include:
Penalties for OWI convictions include:
Never assume that you simply have to accept an OWI conviction. You always have the right to fight a criminal charge, and you could have more options for defending your case than you initially realized. A few potential defense strategies for your case include:
Ideally, your defense strategy will result in you being found innocent. However, this is not always possible. Sometimes, the best possible outcome is pleading down your charge to a wet reckless charge.
If you are facing an OWI charge, start working with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible to develop an effective legal defense strategy for your case. To get started with a member of Van Den Heuvel Law Office, contact our firm to schedule your initial legal consultation with us.