In Michigan, driving while under the influence is legally known as operating while intoxicated (OWI). These charges are some of the most common in Ionia, and they come with serious consequences for individuals that are convicted. Many times people face these charges when they do not know they are over the legal limit, and in other instances, people can be charged with this crime even when they are not over that limit. Whatever the case is, any person that has been charged with an OWI must speak to an Ionia DUI lawyer as soon as possible.
There are three types of DUIs in Ionia. These include:
No matter what type of DUI charge a person is facing, they are also facing harsh penalties.
The penalties a person will face for a DUI conviction will depend on the type of DUI charge they are facing. For the most common type of charge, an OWI, a person may be sentenced to:
The penalties for an OWVI conviction include:
The penalties for a high BAC OWI conviction include:
These penalties apply to first offenses. Subsequent offenses come with harsher penalties. Additionally, due to the fact that OWI is a violation of the Michigan Vehicle Code, and not the Michigan Penal Code, these charges and convictions cannot be expunged from a person’s record.
DUI charges in Michigan are very serious, but an Ionia DUI lawyer will give anyone facing charges their best chance of beating them. If you have been charged, call us at Van Den Heuvel Law Office. We know the best defenses to use in these cases, and we will put our experience to work for you. Call us today or contact us online to speak with one of our attorneys about your legal options.