DUI/OWI Defense Lawyer in Oakland County
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According to Michigan law, driving under the influence (DUI) is considered a misdemeanor for both first and second offenses. DUI cases are complex and not to be taken lightly as driving under the influence is among the most serious driving-related offenses and will have a significant impact on the status of your license. If you have been arrested for drunk driving, seek legal counsel immediately for help navigating your case.
Implied Consent, OWVI, OWI & DUI Charges
Michigan is an “implied consent” state. In plain terms, this means that by driving on the road within the state, a driver has automatically agreed to take a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) or drug test at the request of a law enforcement officer. Failure to comply with the request can result in suspension of the defendant’s driver’s license.
Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) refers to a defendant driving with a BAC of .08 or greater. OWI and DUI are essentially the same charge as they both refer to drivers operating vehicles under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. However, in the state of Michigan, persons charged for operating a vehicle under the influence are charged with OWI.
Penalties of OWI/DUI Convictions
Penalties for OWI/DUI can include:
- Loss of driver’s license
- Forfeiture of the driver’s vehicle
- Jail or prison time
- Community service
The exact penalty is determined by the judge based on a review of the facts of the case, particularly whether the defendant has prior offenses. With so much at stake, I strongly urge you to enlist in the help of a trusted criminal defense lawyer.
Let José R. Fanego, Attorney at Law Stand Up for Your Legal Rights
I understand that being convicted of driving under the influence is about more than just the loss of one’s license or the other legal penalties—it can also be an intensely personal matter. I have over 26 years of experience in criminal defense and I believe strongly in building respectful relationships with my clients. I pride myself on discretion and the quickness of my responses to clients and work hard to ensure I stay up-to-date with Michigan’s DUI laws.