Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal in Michigan. And the state takes a strong stand against those charged with and found guilty of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. For this reason, cases involving alcohol or drugs while driving are considered criminal.
At Collis & Griffor PC, we take a similarly strong stance when defending clients accused of a drunk driving offense. We have over 30 years’ combined experience defending people accused of operating under the influence (OUI) and operating while intoxicated (OWI) — and we use this experience to make sure you are treated lawfully by the arresting officer and the criminal justice system. An OUI/OWI case is not a slam-dunk for the prosecutor — there are defenses to these charges, and our criminal defense attorneys are ready and willing to aggressively present those defenses on your behalf.
Penalties For OUI And OWI
There are two main drunk driving offenses in Michigan: OUI and OWI. Breathalyzer results or blood results above a .08 blood alcohol concentration level will result in the more serious OWI charge.
- A first-time OWI offense can result in six points being posted to your driving record and carries with it a maximum fine of $500 plus court costs, a 30-day license suspension with no possibility of a restricted license and possible immobilization of your car.
- A first-time OUI is a four-point offense and carries with it a maximum fine of $300 plus court costs and a license suspension.
A second offense for either charge (even if one was impaired and the other intoxicated) within seven years of each other mandates a one-year license revocation. A third offense at any point in one’s life is a felony offense and carries with it a mandatory jail sentence.
Your Case Is Defensible
If you are looking for an experienced drunk driving lawyer to vigorously defend your case and your legal rights, call Collis & Griffor PC today at 734-827-1337, or contact us online to set up an appointment for a free consultation. From our office in Ypsilanti, we represent people in Ann Arbor and throughout southern Michigan.