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DUI 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.

Contact my law office today at (248) 516-0988 to speak with José R. Fanego, Attorney at Law and receive a free legal consultation.

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 for OWI/DUI can include:

  • Loss of driver’s license
  • Forfeiture of the driver’s vehicle
  • Fines
  • 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’ 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.

Reach out to José R. Fanego, Attorney at Law today. Call (248) 516-0988 for a free, confidential consultation.

Why José R. Fanego, Attorney at Law?

  • Highly Responsive Attorney

    I am highly responsive to my client's communication and legal needs.

  • Dedicated Attention to Each Case

    My clients work directly me until the completion of the case.

  • 26 Years of Criminal Defense Experience

    My years of experience and knowledge allow me to properly navigate the system and successfully defend your case

  • Practicing Criminal Defense Law Exclusively

    By limiting my practice to criminal law, I am able to preserve the quality of my representation & remain well-versed in my field.

Stories From
Successful Cases

  • Two trips to court later, and I ended up with a brief period of probation, no jail and no criminal record.

    “I now know it was not a coincidence that several different people gave me the same attorney name. He’s just that good.”

    Carl B.

  • He saved my life!

    “He got one of my charges completely erased, and on the other one he negotiated to get it dropped to a lesser crime. ”

    Former Client

  • Truly one of the best.

    “Truly one of the best.”

    Hon. Barry L. Howard, Former Chief Judge of Oakland County Circuit Court

  • Whenever someone I know needs a criminal defense attorney, I always give them José’s number.

    “José is ethical, talented, and a very skillful trial attorney. He has developed a strictly criminal practice using his talents in defense of those charged with breaking the law…I don’t know how he sleeps at night.”

    L. Brooks Patterson - Oakland County Executive and former Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney

  • José made a terrible situation a lot better. I recommend him to anybody who asks me for a criminal lawyer.

    “José went to work immediately, managing the case in such a way that the press lost interest and eventually stopped inquiring. Without the television spotlight on my case, I was able to be treated fairly instead of like a prisoner in the Roman coliseum.”

    Thomas G.