Charged With “Appearing” Drunk?
In Michigan, there are numerous laws regarding drunk driving. You can get arrested for driving over the legal limit, driving while intoxicated or even for appearing intoxicated to the officer who pulls you over. Regardless of why you are pulled over, if you are arrested for drunk driving, you are probably worried about whether you’ll go to jail, lose your license and what impact it will have on your life.
If you were arrested for drunk driving or operating while visibly impaired (OWVI), it is important to contact experienced defense attorneys who can protect your driving privileges, your freedom and your criminal record. At Miller & Bartnicki, P.C., that is exactly what you will find. Our lawyers defend individuals throughout southeastern Michigan who are arrested for drunk driving.
Understanding The Difference Between OWVI And OWI
Because there are various grounds on which you can be arrested, it is important to understand the difference between the charges and how that can affect your defense:
- OWVI: When you are pulled over, if it is obvious to the officer that you were unable to operate your vehicle, you could face OWVI charges. Because there is no minimum blood alcohol content level to qualify for this charge, you could be arrested for drunk driving regardless of how many drinks you have had.
- OWI: Operating while intoxicated is a more specific charge in Michigan. These charges refer specifically to situations in which someone has had so much drugs or alcohol that their ability to drive is impaired. This is typically proven by a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.
If you were arrested for drunk driving because an officer thought you “appeared” drunk, it is important to hire an attorney who can help you fight those charges. For immediate help with these charges, call our Plymouth office at 734-259-2046.