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Types of DUI Charges

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In Michigan, there are basically four types of offenses related to drunk/drugged driving an individual may face. As a team of dedicated Michigan DUI lawyers, the professionals at Grabel & Associates feel it is our duty to enlighten those interested in this information with the details of these types of charges.

Penalties vary depending on the offense you are charged with, whether it is a first or subsequent offense, and other factors including prior criminal history. These offenses include OWI, OWVI, OWPD, and Zero Tolerance (Under 21 and Operating with Any BAC).

OWI (Operating While Intoxicated). In the state of Michigan, OWI is the primary DUI charge, and the most common against individuals suspected of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A person may fall in this category when the following conditions are met:

  • Your ability to operate a vehicle in a safe manner on a public roadway is substantially affected by alcohol or drugs.

  • You have been found to have a BAC (blood alcohol content) of 0.08 or higher while operating a motor vehicle on a public roadway.

  • You are considered Super Drunk if found to have a BAC of 0.17 or higher and operating a motor vehicle on a public highway.

OWVI, Operating While Visibly/Viably Impaired. When it is visually apparent to police officers or others that you are incapable of safely operating a vehicle, you may be arrested for OWVI, also commonly referred to as Impaired Driving.

OWPD, Operating with the Presence of Drugs. Individuals who are determined to be operating a motor vehicle with any trace of cocaine or a Schedule 1 drug in their systems may be arrested for OWPD. You do not have to be visibly impaired to be charged with this offense; if even a trace of the above drugs are detected, you may be arrested - even if you have a Medical Marijuana card. This newest Michigan DUI law is very serious, so drivers should be particularly careful.

Zero Tolerance, Under 21 and Operating with Any BAC. Michigan's Zero Tolerance law makes it illegal for individuals younger than 21 to operate a motor vehicle with a BAC of 0.02 or higher, or even a trace of alcohol (other than a trace that may be present due to consumption at a religious ceremony). Essentially, no one under age 21 can legally operate a motor vehicle on public roadways after consuming any amount of alcohol.

Penalties for DUI Offenses in Michigan

Whether you are arrested and charged with OWI, OWVI, OWPD or Zero Tolerance, the consequences are serious. Penalties include possible jail time, fines and court costs, potential community service, probation, driver's license suspension and more. The punishment you face if convicted will depend on a number of factors including whether it is your first offense or a subsequent offense.

As highly regarded Michigan DUI attorneys, we know the damage goes far beyond the penalties handed down in the courtroom. If convicted, your reputation and career may suffer; finding employment may be difficult. We urge you to contact our office immediately, before answering questions or making statements to police.

Contact Grabel & Associates Now

Regardless of the DUI offense you have been arrested for it is in your best interest to consult with a capable and skilled lawyer. Every individual charged with a criminal offense is presumed innocent until proven guilty. We work vigorously to protect the legal rights and freedom of our clients, exploring every option and closely scrutinizing your case to determine whether any mistakes have been made by law enforcement. Our goal is to help you secure your desired outcome, reaching the most positive results possible.

We are available 24/7, so call our toll-free number now at 1-800-342-7896.

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