When you’re arrested and facing criminal charges in Michigan, you need to know when you call an attorney, they’ll answer their phone. I have been helping residents of Wayne County, Washtenaw County, Oakland County, Genesee County, Dearborn and Downriver Detroit face their criminal charges. I understand the law and the evidence. Do not talk to the police, do not seek advice from your friends.
Michigan: Understanding Drunk Driving Laws
Michigan drunk driving laws are confusing because there are different categories to deal with. Some of the charges you could be facing include:
- Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) – anyone who is arrested with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more will be facing OWI charges in Michigan.
- Operating While Visibly Impaired (OWVI) – driving erratically regardless of your blood alcohol level could result in a stop. This requires a law enforcement officer to see you operating your vehicle in a manner that is considered unsafe for yourself or others on the road. At the time of the stop a preliminary breath test can result in your arrest.
- Operating with Any Presence of a Schedule 1 Drug or Cocaine (OWPD) – should a blood test reveal the presence of a Schedule 1 drug or Cocaine you will be facing these charges under Michigan statutes.
It is important to remember that in addition to criminal charges, you will be facing the loss of your license. Your refusal to submit to a chemical test will result in an automatic loss of your license for a minimum of one year. I can defend you at the hearing held by the Secretary of State regarding your license suspension as well as help you with the criminal charges you are facing.
Other Criminal Offenses in Michigan
Michigan does allow medical marijuana for those persons who have a doctor’s order. However, any other possession is charged as a misdemeanor and those who are found guilty will face jail time of up to one year and fines of up to $2,000. The charges for other drugs are very harsh and a conviction could result in longer jail sentences and steeper fines.
Crimes that involve theft could be prosecuted as a felony charge based on the value of the stolen goods. Regardless of whether you are being charged with aggravated robbery, shoplifting or other theft, a criminal defense attorney should be contacted immediately.
If you are a resident of Wayne County, Washtenaw County, Oakland County, Genesee County, Dearborn or Downriver Detroit and are facing criminal charges, contact me at 734-324-5755 immediately.