Arrested For DUI, OWI Or Another Drunk Driving Offense?
Michigan drunk driving laws are harsh, and have become increasingly strict over the past decade. If you have a prior DUI or OWI on your record, you are likely facing a felony drunk driving charge if you were arrested again. The penalties for OWI are serious and can include loss of your driver’s license, fines, jail time, probation and other consequences. If you have been arrested for drunk driving, it is critical to have an experienced OWI defense lawyer advocating for your interests.
We Understand How Prosecutors Build Cases
As prosecutors for the city of Plymouth, our attorneys at Miller & Bartnicki, P.C., have significant insight into how cases are prosecuted a criminal matter and this informs our knowledge of how to successfully defend a DUI or OWI charge. If you are facing driving charges in the Detroit metro area, contact our lawyers for experienced legal advice and aggressive defense representation.
Experienced OWI Defense
Our lawyers defend clients facing all types of drunk driving and drug- or alcohol-related driving charges under Michigan law, including:
- Operating while impaired (OWI): If you are caught driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .08 or higher, you may face charges for operating while impaired (OWI) or unlawful blood alcohol level (UBAL). While OWI is the most common drunk driving charge in Michigan, it is commonly referred to in other states as driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI).
- Operating while visibly impaired (OWVI): If your BAC level is not over the legal limit, however, you have slurred speech, are weaving between lanes, are driving at fluctuating speeds or otherwise appear to be intoxicated, you may face charges for operating while visibly impaired (OWVI).
- Operating with any presence of illegal drugs: If even a trace of illegal drugs is detected in your system, you will face charges for operating with the presence of a Schedule 1 or Schedule 2 drug, which includes marijuana and cocaine. The legal charge in Michigan is operating with the presence of a controlled substance.
- Underage drinking and driving: Minors with any level of alcohol (BAC of .02 to .07) who are pulled over will face serious charges for violating Michigan’s Zero Tolerance law.
- Refusal of breath or chemical test: If you refused a breath or chemical test, you have a very short time to request a hearing or you will lose your Michigan driver’s license. We can represent you at implied consent hearings and hearings related to restoration of your driver’s license.
We Challenge All Aspects Of The Charges
As experienced attorneys, we work hard to help you fight drunk driving charges. We analyze the Breathalyzer maintenance records to determine if it was calibrated correctly; we evaluate if mistakes were made by the officer that influenced the results of breath tests or roadside field sobriety tests, and we determine if other defenses are appropriate to reduce the charges or mitigate the consequences. As prosecutors of drunk driving charges in the city of Plymouth, we know what it takes to prepare an effective defense, when negotiations are appropriate and when aggressive defense at trial is required.
Contact Us Today
If you have been arrested for DUI, OWI or charged with drunk driving in the Detroit area, call us at 734-259-2046 as soon as you are able and we will begin working on your defense.