Howell MI DUI Attorneys

Operating/driving Offenses – DUI/OUI

An operating under the influence offense is a serious matter that can have long lasting repercussions, wherein the consequences can include jail time, fines, increased insurance costs, and possibly losing your driver’s license or having your driving privileges restricted. Depending on whether this is a first, second, or third offense, a Michigan Drunk Driving citation can bring with it either misdemeanor or felony charges with up to five years in prison, numerous hours of community service, and court fines and costs.

As such, it is imperative to have the proper legal counsel from the beginning of the process through the end. At Livingston Law Offices, our DUI attorneys know how to defend DUI cases to diminish the effect of this crime on you and your future.

In addition to court costs and dealing with the legal system, you will need a DUI attorney that can navigate the State of Michigan’s process which includes possible additional fines and reinstatement fees for your driver’s license. The police are allowed to test your blood alcohol level in the field with either a blood test or a data master test. If you unreasonably refused either test, the state can suspend your driver’s license for up to a year and add six points to your driver’s license.

If you have been charged with DUI or other operating offense, don’t attempt to go through the process on your own. With an experienced and award winning DUI lawyer from Livingston Law Offices by your side, you can rest assured you will receive the best outcome possible and you will be highly satisfied with your legal representation.

Specific Michigan Driving Charges:

  • Operating While Visibly Impaired (OWVI) means that because of alcohol or other drugs consumed or ingested, your ability to operate a motor vehicle was visibly impaired.
  • Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) includes 3 types of violations:
    • If alcohol or drugs consumed or ingested substantially affected your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely.
    • If you have a bodily alcohol content (BAC) at or above 0.08. This level can be determined through a chemical test.
    • High BAC, or “super drunk” means the alcohol level in your body was at or above 0.17. This level can be determined through a chemical test.
  • Operating with Any Presence of a Schedule 1 Drug or Cocaine (OWPD) means having even a small trace of these drugs in your body, even if you do not appear to be intoxicated or impaired. This can be determined through a chemical test.
  • Under Age 21 Operating With Any Bodily Alcohol Content (Zero Tolerance) means having a BAC of 0.02 to 0.07, or any presence of alcohol in your body other than alcohol that is consumed at a generally recognized religious ceremony.

There are many collateral consequences that you will face outside of the courtroom. Michigan Secretary of State will take license action against your driver’s license that may include restrictions on your driving privileges, suspensions or revocation of your driving privileges. Additionally, you could face thousands of dollars in “driver’s responsibility fees”.

A substantial part of our practice is defending individuals charged with drunk driving. Call 517-546-6666 today for a free consultation with one of our experienced DUI attorneys and for a thorough review of your case.