OWPD 3rd Offense

OWPD Lawyers Defending Clients in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Throughout Michigan Charged with Third Offense of Operating with the Presence of Drugs

In the state of Michigan, any individual charged for a first or second time on Operating With the Presence of Drugs face serious penalties, even though these offenses are considered misdemeanors. However, a third offense is a felony, which means if convicted you will face enhanced criminal penalties. In fact, your freedom, reputation, and career are at stake if charged with an OWPD 3rd offense, as the Michigan sentencing guidelines for this offense are extremely harsh. At Grabel & Associates, our experienced team of felony OWPD lawyers will work vigorously to protect you against these harsh penalties and a wrongful conviction.

With more than 100 years of combined experience, our firm is highly skilled and experienced in Michigan OWPD cases. In fact, we are highly respected across the state for our winning results in cases involving DUI, OWI, OUIL, and other drunk or drugged driving related cases. We provide the one-on-one personal attention and dedication you deserve, keeping you informed and guiding you throughout every stage of the process to ensure the best possible result is obtained in your case. We urge anyone who has been charged with Operating With the Presence of Drugs or pulled over for drugged or drunk driving to contact our firm immediately.

Michigan OWPD Third Offense Felony Drugged Driving Lawyer

While the penalties for OWPD are very similar to those handed down for OWI or DUI charges, the process of determining whether you may be charged is very different. In an alcohol related case, drivers who are 21 or older may be charged if his or her BAC (blood alcohol content) is above Michigan's legal limit of 0.08%. In a drug-related case, no legal limit exists. This ultimately means you may be charged if even a small trace of an illegal drug or narcotic is detected in your system, even if you are completely sober and have not taken the drug in days or weeks. Certain drugs such as methamphetamines, marijuana, heroin, and cocaine may remain in your system long after the effects have worn off. You must consult with a capable and experienced Michigan felony drugged driving attorney at once.

Because you are considered a repeat offender if charged with a third OWPD offense, your freedom is in jeopardy and you will face severe and even life-changing consequences if convicted. Our team of Michigan criminal defense lawyers will use all of our skill, knowledge, and experience in protecting your legal rights and providing you with a solid, effective defense. We know the tactics used by police and prosecutors to put you behind bars, and will fight those tactics vigorously.

OWPD 3rd Offense Criminal Penalties

As mentioned earlier, a third offense of Operating With the Presence of Drugs will result in felony charges and serious criminal penalties if convicted. Some of the penalties for a 3rd offense OWPD include:

  • Mandatory fine of up to $5,000
  • Mandatory vehicle immobilization
  • Prison time of 1 to 5 years
  • Driver's license revoked for a minimum of 5 years
  • 6 points assigned to your driver's license
  • Possible ignition interlock device
  • Possible community service 60 to 180 days
  • Possible jail time of 30 days to 1 year, probation
  • Driver responsibility fees if you regain your license

Additionally, penalties may be substantially enhanced if another individual is severely injured or killed as a result of your OWPD crime. You can clearly see why it is imperative to obtain the legal support and guidance of a highly qualified Michigan OWI defense lawyer if charged with this serious drugged driving offense.

Contact Our Firm Today for Aggressive OWPD Defense

When charged with any DUI or drugged driving offense it is important to seek the guidance of a capable lawyer so that your legal rights are protected, and a conviction avoided when at all possible. At Grabel & Associates, our goal is to have the charge against you dismissed or reduced, helping you not only avoid criminal penalties, but potential ruin of your reputation and career.

We are available 24/7 and ready to fight for justice. Call our toll-free number now for a free evaluation of your OWPD case at 1-800-783-4448. Contact us online.