Out-of-State Drivers DUI Defense


OWI Attorneys Defending Out-of-State Drivers Against DUI Charges in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Throughout Michigan

When an individual is from out-of-state and accused of drunk driving in Michigan, it is a serious matter, which should not be taken lightly, and just as urgent as a regular OWI charge. Because you are a non-resident does not necessarily indicate you will be exempt from the drunk driving laws in Michigan. While cases involving out-of-state drivers are complex, it is important to note you could face serious and unnecessary punishment. At Grabel & Associates, our DUI attorneys are highly skilled and experienced in the complexities of out-of-state driver cases that involve operating while intoxicated. Without the support and guidance of a capable lawyer, it will be difficult to understand how Michigan laws apply in a case when you are a non-resident. We will guide you through the essential steps that should be taken to ensure that upon your return home, you do not face additional charges or even an arrest.

Out-of-state drivers charged with DUI should not take the situation lightly; our team of talented OWI defense lawyers is capable and aggressive, ready to help in developing a legal strategy, which will be effective in protecting your rights and freedom in your cross, state case. We understand the serious implications, which may include suspension or revocation of your driver's license and other penalties. While you may not be aware of it, in the U.S. states share information regarding arrests for drunk driving. Our Michigan DWI lawyers are dedicated to protecting the legal rights of out-of-state drivers, implementing the most effective defense tactics to beat charges of DUI, OUIL, OWI, and other drunk driving offenses.

Michigan Out of State Driver DUI Reporting

Without the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney, any individual charged with operating while intoxicated or a related drunk driving offense may face penalties not only in Michigan, but in their state of residence as well. You may assume that because your driver's license was issued in another state and suspended in Michigan it is irrelevant; this is not the case. National coalitions for driver's license suspension related to DUI may result in your license being suspended in the state where you live, along with warrants, revocation of insurance, and other penalties.

If charged with a DUI offense, it may be reported to the NDR, or National Driver Registry. This registry will note if you are unlicensed, ineligible to drive in all states, or to apply for a driver's license in a state within the U.S. While the entry of your charge into this database does not guarantee you will face penalties in your home state, other state to state reporting systems regarding DUI may impact you. Should your driver's license be suspended or revoked in the state of Michigan, it will be reported to both the NDR and your home state by the state of Michigan under the DLC, or Driver License Compact. At this point, your license will be suspended by your resident state until the issue of your license suspension in another state is dealt with. Failure to appear in court or receiving a ticket will result in reporting to the NRVC, or Non-Resident Violator Compact, at which point your license will be suspended by your home state until the time it is no longer suspended in Michigan. It is important to note that penalties in your home state do not always result due to a Michigan driver's license suspension, regardless of the existence of these registries. This is why it is urgent to consult with our OWI defense lawyers in order to prevent the complex legal battle crossing state lines which could result when police and prosecutors get involved.

Contact Grabel & Associates for Michigan Out-of-State Drunk Driving Defense

Ignoring a charge against you in Michigan will result in a warrant being issued for your arrest which is entered into the LEIN, or Law Enforcement Information Network. This network is accessible by law enforcement in your resident state. Should you be pulled over in your own state for any reason, Michigan law enforcement will be contacted, as the arrest warrant will appear. Before the situation becomes even more complex and damaging to your life, contact the trusted criminal defense team at Grabel & Associates. Our goal is to educate you regarding how Michigan's law affects you not only in our state, but in your home state as well.

Call us immediately for a free evaluation of your case at 1-800-783-4448. We are standing by; ready to help you avoid fines, driver's license suspension, driver responsibility fees, and possible even jail time. If you prefer, you can also contact us online.