Illegal or Street Drugs Intoxication

OWI Lawyers Representing Clients in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Throughout Michigan Charged with Illegal or Street Drugs Intoxication

Individuals in Michigan who are caught operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of illegal narcotics potentially face severe criminal penalties if charged with a drugged driving offense. Just as with alcohol, drivers may be charged with DUI, OWI and other related offenses for driving under the influence of these dangerous drugs. At Grabel & Associates, we are dedicated to providing clients accused of DUI and/or drug cases with outstanding legal guidance and representation. It is critical that you consult with a capable and skilled attorney with our firm as soon as you are accused of or arrested for drug intoxication while driving.

In Michigan, it is against the law to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of a Schedule 1 street drug or illicit substance. Schedule 1 substances include LSD, Ecstasy, GHB, Marijuana, Peyote, and other drugs which have no legitimate medical purpose, but a high potential for abuse and addiction. Additionally, you should be aware that in Michigan it is possible to be charged with drug intoxication regardless of whether you are tested for the presence of drugs in your system.

If tests are performed to determine the presence of illegal drugs and the results are positive, it is essential that you contact our Michigan criminal defense team. We realize that testing procedures and the results these tests generate cannot always be trusted, as mistakes can be made and there are times when testing procedures may be flawed in some way.

Driving While Under the Influence of Illegal or Street Drugs in Michigan

It is essential to the outcome that any individual in one of Michigan's 83 counties hire an attorney immediately when facing charges of DUI, DWI, OUID, OWI, OWPD, or OWVI. In a drug intoxication case, the early stages of investigation are critically important; our lawyers will work aggressively to reveal any detail in your situation which could work toward securing dismissal or reduction of the charge.

For a first-time offender, potential penalties are far less severe than for individuals who have a past conviction on record. However, it is important that regardless of whether it is a first or subsequent offense you enlist the services of a seasoned attorney who will represent you and guide you through the criminal process.

You could potentially face serious criminal charges if operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of cocaine, marijuana, heroin, ecstasy, or certain prescription drugs. Regardless of the amount, if cocaine or a Schedule 1 narcotic such as heroin is detected in your system, you will face serious criminal charges. We have extensive experience and a winning track record when it comes to representing clients accused of drug crimes and DUI.

Criminal Penalties for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

Individuals will face a charge of OWPD (Operating With the Presence of Drugs) when caught with any amount of Schedule 1 or cocaine in their bodies, which is determined via chemical testing. Even if you do not appear to be intoxicated and are driving in a safe manner, you can still be charged. A charge of OUID (Operating Under the Influence of Drugs) may be forthcoming if a blood or urine test reveals the presence of an illegal drug, however prosecutors and/or police must prove that you were impaired and driving in an unsafe manner.

According to the Michigan Penal Code, the criminal penalties for OWPD and OUID are as follows:

  • 1st conviction (misdemeanor) may leave you facing penalties including fines of up to $500, up to 90 days in jail, community service, driver responsibility fees, suspension or revocation of your driver's license, and more.
  • 2nd conviction within 7 years for OWPD or OUID (misdemeanor) may result in fines of up to $1,000, up to one year in jail, revocation of your license for one year or more, driver responsibility fees, and additional penalties.
  • A 3rd OWPD or OUID in your lifetime is a felony offense which incurs penalties including fines of up to $5,000, up to 5 years in prison, revocation of your driver's license for 5 years or more, and additional penalties.

Contact Grabel & Associates for Illegal or Street Drugs Intoxication Defense

We understand the seriousness of a charge of driving while under the influence of illegal or street drugs. We also understand the importance of having a capable and experienced criminal defense team on your side in order to secure positive results. With more than 100 years of combined experience, we bring an unparalleled level of skill, knowledge, and outstanding results to the table for every client we represent.

Available 24/7, we urge you to contact Scott Grabel and his team today as it is critical to your future that work begin on your case as quickly as possible. Call our toll-free number at 1-800-783-4448 for a free initial phone consultation.