Drinking and driving is a grouping of crimes in Michigan. No one is actually charged with drinking and driving in Michigan but instead are charged with a more specific crime such as Operating While Intoxicated (OWI Michigan), Operating with a High BAC over .17, or Operating with the Presence of Drugs.
The severity of the drinking and driving charges, in terms of punishment, is determined by the facts of your case. Aggravators can take a basic Operating While Intoxicated misdemeanor and raise it to a felony.
Drinking and Driving Charges
If children are in the car at the time of a drinking and driving offense you could be charged with child endangerment, which carries a potential year in jail and a 180 day suspended license.
If you hurt someone you could be charged with a felony. Depending on the severity of the injury will determine the potential prison time you could face.
Operating with a High BAC is a new offence that increase fines, community service, and even requires a breath ignition interlock device on your vehicle after 45 days.
OWI Lawyer Michigan
An experienced Michigan OWI lawyer can do wonders for your case. Police cannot stop your vehicle just because they feel like it. If an officer did not have a reason to stop your vehicle any evidence gathered against you could be suppressed and your case dismissed.
If the police stop you for an infraction like speeding but search your breath or blood for alcohol without probable cause that evidence could be suppressed and your case dismissed.
Finally, if officers do search your breath or blood without following proper procedure the evidence could be suppressed and your case dismissed.
Aaron J. Boria is an experienced OWI lawyer in Michigan. He has gotten his clients great results all over Michigan. If you have been charged with Operating While Intoxicated or some other drinking and driving charge contact Aaron J. Boria, PLLC today (734) 453-7806.