Drunk Driving, DUI, OWI

What is the penalty for first offense drunk driving? Amongst other penalties and consequences (employment, public scrutiny, etc.) for an OWI, you may see jail time (0 to 30 days minimum) imposed in consecutively more harsh minimums for each subsequent offense.

Michigan’s limit for citation of an operating while intoxicated (OWI) driving under the influence  (DUI) is (a) a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or greater or (b) any amount of a controlled substance in your body. Furthermore, if you are operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs you may be charged with an OWI or other related crime. This extends to operating while visibly impaired if, from an observer, you are driving with less ability than a ordinary, careful and prudent driver would be driving.

Are there consequences for refusing to take a breathalyzer in Michigan? Yes, you could be penalized with a year or more of suspended license.

A DUI in Michigan is a serious matter that will potentially follow you for the rest of your life, it is important that every defendant hires an attorney; the difference can impact your life long earning potential, employment, friends and family. Criminal Defense Attorneys who can help.