The Experience You Need When You Face License Suspension

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Michigan has some of the toughest drunk driving laws in the nation. Your driver's license may be suspended for 30 days following your first offense and restricted for another 150 days after that. If you are convicted of operating while intoxicated (OWI) a second time within seven years of a first offense, your license may be revoked for a minimum of one year and up to five years. Following that revocation period, you must complete a lengthy application process to get your driver's license back.

Clearly, Michigan lawmakers and law enforcement authorities are serious about penalizing drunk drivers. That is why it is critical to enlist the services of a knowledgeable OWI attorney anytime you face charges of drunk driving or driving while impaired. Losing your right to drive for an extended period can have serious negative consequences on your work and home life.

Effective Strategies To Preserve Your Driving Privileges

At the law office of Michael A. McInerney, PLC, in Grand Rapids, we provide individuals throughout Michigan with experienced and accomplished legal defense in OWI cases. As an attorney who has successfully defended against hundreds of OWI charges over the course of more than 30 years, Mr. McInerney has thorough knowledge of Michigan laws that pertain to license suspension as well as effective defense strategies in these cases.

In 2007, Michigan lawmakers passed the "Heidi Law," which removes the 10-year "look back" period for all drunk driving offenses. The law is named after Heidi Steiner, a northern Michigan high school senior who was killed by a repeat drunk driving offender. Under the new law, a driver who is arrested for drunk driving with two prior convictions on his or her record, regardless of how long ago they occurred, will face felony charges and up to five years in prison.

The Threat Of License Suspension Starts With The First Arrest

We have helped numerous individuals who have prior OWI convictions on their record retain their license following an arrest. However, if you wait until a second or third OWI arrest, it may be too late. The key is to work with our knowledgeable OWI defense lawyer from the start so he can help keep your record clean. Contact our offices today to discuss your legal options.