Operating Public Transportation While Intoxicated


Michigan Public Transportation OWI Attorneys Representing Clients in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Throughout the State

In Michigan, charges of operating a motor vehicle are extremely serious; however, when charged with an OWI offense and employed in a capacity that requires you to transport people or goods such as in the case of someone with a CDL license, the situation becomes even more serious. At Grabel & Associates, our Michigan OWI attorneys know the important of hiring a defense lawyer early on, particularly when accused of intoxicated driving while operating public transportation.

Avoiding jail time and fines are top priorities; however we know the importance of getting back on the road as quickly as possible. In Michigan, operating public transportation while intoxicated will result not only in an OWI charge, but additional criminal penalties. Perhaps even worse when you are employed to operate a commercial vehicle is the fact that your career may be at stake. This could result not only in loss of your freedom to drive, but your earning capacity as well. A conviction could be life altering, negatively impacting various areas of your life forever. We urge you to contact our criminal defense lawyers immediately to fight public transportation OWI charges.

Operating a Bus or Public Vehicle While Intoxicated

Individuals who are employed in a capacity that requires a CDL (commercial driver's license) may not operate a vehicle with a BAC (blood alcohol content) or more than 0.04% in the state of Michigan. The BAC limit for motorists who drive on a regular license in 0.08%; therefore, you may not feel the effects of alcohol at 0.04%, however it is illegal regardless. Individuals who drive public transportation vehicles including buses, school buses, or other transportation designed for the public while under the influence will be charged with drunk driving, and if convicted face harsh punishment. Other charges you may face include child endangerment or endangering others, which could potentially result in additional charges, and thus enhanced penalties.

The importance of contacting a skilled lawyer when accused of operating public transportation while intoxicated cannot be stressed enough. Our criminal defense team is dedicated to thoroughly investigating every detail of your case so that the most effective course of legal action can be determined. We represent clients in every stage of the process, from pre-file and trial to post-conviction.

Michigan Attorney for OWI While Operating Public Transportation

Penalties for all OWI-related offenses are serious, and may include jail time, fines, driver's license suspension, and more. Anyone found to have a BAC of more than 0.08% and operating a vehicle on a regular driver's license may be convicted of OWI. However, if you driver on a CDL and are found to have a BAC of more than 0.04%, you may be convicted of Operating While Intoxicated. Penalties for a first-time offense include fines of up to $500, up to 93 days in jail, suspension of your driver's license, community service, and more. A second DUI offense within 7 years of the first could leave you facing punishment, which includes fines of up to $1,000, up to one year in prison, and revocation of your license. A third OWI offense (a felony and lifetime offense) will result in penalties including up to $5,000 in fines, up to 5 years in prison, driver's license revocation, community service, vehicle immobilization or forfeiture, and more.

While these penalties are indeed serious and life-changing, a charge of operating public transportation while intoxicated will lead to more damaging consequences, as you may be charged with endangerment, which ultimately means increased fines, a longer prison term, and other penalties. We urge you to contact the Michigan OWI defense attorneys at Grabel & Associates now, as this is a criminal offense with serious implications for those convicted.

Contact Grabel & Associates Today for Aggressive Drunk Driving Defense

Known across the state of Michigan for our ability to secure positive results for clients in a variety of DUI-related offenses, we have the skill, experience, and proven track record to obtain good results in your case. Our experience navigating the criminal justice system and comprehensive defense tactics make our team the best possible choice for those accused of operating public transportation while intoxicated. We are ready to work with you, and capable of achieving your desired outcome. Contact us now for a free evaluation of your case by calling our toll free number at 1-800-783-4448.