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If You Were Charged with Drunk Driving, We Can Defend Your Case

Because driving under the influence can result in harm to others and property, law enforcement officers and prosecutors fiercely pursue these matters. If you were charged with operating while intoxicated (OWI) and you're convicted for the offense, you could face several penalties. For example, your driver's license may be suspended, you may be sentenced to jail, and you will have a criminal record. All of these sanctions can have an adverse impact on your life. With the consequences being so steep, it's best to have a seasoned attorney on your side to fight your charges.

Understanding the challenges that can arise from an OWI charged and conviction, the experienced lawyer at Brandon Gardner & Associates, PLC that you hire will provides aggressive defense to those accused. Backed by years of legal experience, we know that a number of factors could have affected the evidence collected in your case. Even if the prosecutor has built a case against you, it may not be strong, and we may be able to develop a defense strategy to challenge it.

We will work hard toward a favorable result on your behalf. Schedule your free consultation with a DUI attorney in Grand Rapids, MI by calling us at (616) 303-7444 today.

What Constitutes a Drunk Driving Offense?

In Michigan, several different situations could trigger an alcohol-related charge.

You could be accused of operating while intoxicated (OWI) if:

  • The amount of alcohol in your system impaired your ability to safely operate a vehicle,
  • You had a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, or
  • You had a blood alcohol content of .17 or higher (this is what's referred to as a "high BAC")

You could be charged with operating while visibly impaired (OWVI) if:

  • The amount of alcohol in your system caused you to drive with less care than an ordinary motorist

You could be charged with operating with any alcohol content if:

  • You are under 21 years of age, and
  • You had a BAC between .02 and .07

Can a Cop Pull Me Over if They Suspect I've Been Drinking?

Generally, for an officer to stop you on suspicion of an OWI, they must have probable cause to do so. That means they must have more than just a "haunch" that you were intoxicated; something in your driving must indicate your impairment.

An officer may pull you over if they notice any of the following driving behaviors:

  • Weaving in a lane
  • Driving in more than one lane at the same time
  • Driving off the road
  • Driving too fast or too slow
  • Failing to follow traffic laws
  • Driving in the opposite direction of traffic

What Are the Potential Penalties for an OWI Conviction?

If you are found guilty of operating while intoxicated, the penalties you face depend on your circumstances.

A first-time offense may result in:

  • Up to $500 in fines
  • Up to 93 days in jail
  • Up to 360 hours of community service
  • Driver's license suspension for up to 180 days
  • Possible ignition interlock device installation
  • 6 points added to your driving record

A second offense within 7 years may carry the following penalties:

  • Up to $1,000 in fines
  • Up to 1 year in jail
  • Up to 90 days of community service
  • Driver's license revocation for at least 1 year
  • Loss of license plate
  • Vehicle immobilization for up to 180 days
  • 6 points added to your driving record

A third offense within your lifetime may result in the following:

  • Up to $5,000 in fines
  • Up to 5 years in prison
  • Up to 180 days of community service
  • Driver's license revocation for at least 1 year
  • Loss of license plate
  • Vehicle immobilization for up to 3 years
  • Vehicle registration denial
  • 6 points added to your driving record

The penalties listed above are for charges related to operating a vehicle while impaired with a BAC of .08 or higher. You could face even harsher punishments if you had a blood alcohol content of .17 or higher. For instance, a first-time high BAC offense results in up to 180 days in jail, up to $700 in fines, and up to 360 hours of community service.

Fight Your OWI and OWVI Charges

The potential conviction penalties for an alcohol-related offense are plenty, and those listed above are just a few you could face. To learn more about your charges, potential outcomes, and defenses that could be mounted in your case, speak with a Grand Rapids DUI attorney as soon as possible.

We offer same-day appointments. Call us at (616) 303-7444 or contact us online today.

Why Are We the Firm for You?

  • Direct Access

    You work directly with your attorney from start to finish. They are personally invested in your case and involved at all times.

  • Experienced & Respected

    Consistently ranked as one of the best young lawyers law firms in Michigan and known for obtaining better results than most firms in the area.

  • Personal Attention

    We keep you informed and help you fully understand your options. We are dedicated to understanding your goals so we represent you best.

  • The Ability to Go to Trial

    Many cases are resolved without going to court, but we prepare every case for trial. This allows us to negotiate from a position of strength.

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