Grand Rapids, MI Criminal Law Attorney Fights OWI/DUI Charges
If you’re arrested in Michigan for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, you face severe penalties that include jail time, fines and the loss of your license, not to mention higher insurance premiums in the future. This is not a traffic offense that you can hope to fight yourself. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney with the knowledge and resources to challenge police procedures and forensic evidence. At the Van Den Heuvel Law Office, we have represented accused clients in the Grand Rapids area for more than 20 years. We have a solid track record when it comes to reduced sentences, dismissals and acquittals. While no attorney can guarantee results, we can promise highly professional representation that protects your rights and works diligently for the best possible results.
What are the requirements and penalties for a DUI/OWI in Michigan?
Michigan has two types of formal DUI charges: Operating While Visibly Impaired (OWVI) and Operating While Intoxicated (OWI). An OWVI charge is based on an officer’s assessment of your driving and is not dependent on any particular level of alcohol or drug consumption. OWI is most often based on a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) as determined through a chemical test:
- Basic OWI — Driver’s BAC is at or above 0.08 percent
- High OWI —Driver’s BAC is at or above 0.17 percent
- Zero Tolerance OWI — Driver under the age of 21 has a BAC of 0.02 percent
The penalties for OWI depend on whether there have been prior OWI convictions within a certain time period.
- First offense — Up to $300 fine, up to 93 days in jail, six month license suspension
- Second offense (within seven years) — Fine of $200 to $1,000, five days to one year in jail, license revocation for one year
- Third offense — Felony comes with a fine of $500 to $5,000, imprisonment of one to five years, license revocation of at least five years in some cases
OWI convictions often come with other assorted penalties, such as penalty points, community service, probation, license plate confiscation, vehicle immobilization, ignition interlock device installation and vehicle forfeiture. With so much to lose, you owe it to yourself and your family to retain the best legal representation you can find.
Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Grand Rapids for DUI/OWI
The Van Den Heuvel Law Office provides aggressive OWI defense representation that challenges the case against you. Learn how a defense lawyers with more than 20 years of experience can improve your chances of a favorable outcome. Call our Grand Rapids office at 614-698-0000 or contact us online to schedule your initial consultation. We can also conduct your appointment via Skype.