Getting pulled over is never pleasant, add to that the fact that you have been drinking and it can be terrifying. Knowing your rights for a DUI in Michigan can be a big help, and having the right defense attorney is crucial.
A first-time offense for a DUI (driving under the influence) or OWI (Operating while intoxicated) occurs when you drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent and less and have no prior offenses within the last seven years. Most 1st time offenders will not go to jail, even a judge can see that we all make mistakes. Usually a restricted license and community service is given. However, these are what can result in a first time conviction:
If you are found to have a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of .17 percent or higher than the consequences may be slightly higher for some items:
OWVI or Operating while visibly impaired is the lesser of all charges, however still carries strict penalties. This means that when pulled over you were visually impaired by being under the influence but not materially impaired. The charges for a first offense are similar to a DUI or OWI conviction and can include:
When you’re charged with a DUI, OWI or OWVI It’s important to stay calm after you’re taken into custody and remember your rights. None of these charges come with an automatic conviction. You have the right to hire a lawyer, build a criminal defense, and fight your case in court.
If you’ve never been in trouble before and have no experience with the legal process, then discussing your case with a DUI lawyer from the Schwartz Law Group can give you peace of mind. Fighting your charges is essential if you hope to avoid penalties for your charges and keep your criminal record clean. If you don’t fight your charges, your DUI, OWI or OWVI conviction will stick with you for the rest of your life. Understanding the consequences of a conviction is the first step in moving forward with your case.