Assertive Defense Against Impaired Driving
Michigan law enforcement authorities have joined those across the U.S. in getting serious about cracking down on drunk driving. The penalties are harsh and the cases are prosecuted aggressively. There may have been a time when one could face a charge of operating while intoxicated (OWI) and navigate their way through the process without legal representation, but that time has long since passed.
Attorney Michael A. McInerney has more than 30 years of experience helping individuals minimize the impact of drunk driving charges. We represent clients throughout Michigan from our office in Grand Rapids. With today’s multitiered drunk driving laws and the varied OWI defense strategies that can be used, defending these cases has become more complex than defending against many crimes that are generally considered far more severe.
A driver under the legal drinking age of 21 who has a blood alcohol concentration of .02 or above faces OWI charges. Conviction at this age can negatively impact college aspirations and much more. Call us as soon as possible so we can help.
Understanding Michigan OWI Laws
Michigan law states that any person who operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or above may be charged with OWI. A conviction could result in jail time and suspension of your driver’s license. Fines, fees and increased auto insurance rates often total several thousand dollars.
A driver who operates a vehicle with a BAC over .17 faces harsher penalties under Michigan’s “Super Drunk” law. And drivers who have a prior OWI conviction within the past seven years face penalties that are even harsher than those for a “Super Drunk” conviction.
Be Aware Of Michigan’s OWPD Law
In addition to enhancing the penalties for drunk driving, Michigan lawmakers recently enacted new laws targeting drivers who get behind the wheel with marijuana, cocaine or other illegal drugs in their system. The offense is known as operating with any presence of a schedule 1 drug or cocaine (OWPD). A person who is suspected of OWPD will be asked to provide a urine sample. If a person has any amount of drugs in their system, they face the same penalties as a first-time OWI.
These laws can be Draconian. We will investigate the facts of your case and determine how to best defend against OWI or OWPD charges. Police may have stopped you illegally or made mistakes during the administration of a field sobriety test. In other cases, we are able to negotiate reduced charges in order to keep an OWI off your record.
Work With A Lawyer Who Has Handled Hundreds Of OWI Cases
There is no substitute for experience. Our law firm has successfully handled hundreds of OWI and OWPD cases. We welcome the opportunity to answer your questions and recommend an effective course of action. Call 616-259-0862 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.