If you are facing drunk driving charges in any West Michigan Court, you need to contact Attorney Shawn James Haff of The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan today! Shawn is a Michigan DUI Lawyer you can trust to help you get the best results possible when facing DUI charges. 

Most people feel when they are driving drunk that they aren’t a danger to themselves or anyone else. Of course, The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan sees horrible accidents that happen all the time because someone is driving under the influence.  As these articles show drunk driving is a serious problem in West Michigan. If you are arrested for drunk driving, you need a Michigan DUI Lawyer like Shawn Haff on your side.

Here are drunk driving charges in Michigan and the penalties a person can face for each offense.

Operating While Impaired

In order to be convicted of drunk driving, the BAC of the driver needs to be at .08%.  However, you can get an OWI for having a BAC less than .08. A prosecutor can argue that you drove with “less ability than would an ordinary careful driver.” Michigan law says that your abilities to drive “must have been lessened to the point that it would have been noticed by another person.”

If convicted or OWI you are facing,

  • 93 days in jail
  • a misdemeanor conviction
  • Several hundred dollars in court costs
  • Fines of up to $300
  • Up to 360 hours of community service
  • A restricted driving license for 90 days
  • 4 points on your driver’s license

Operating While Intoxicated

The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan sees this charge the most in West Michigan courts. The people have to establish your BAC was .08 or higher.  The people have to establish you were driving a motor vehicle on a road.

Here are the punishments for this charge are:

  • It’s a misdemeanor conviction on your record
  • Up to 93 days in jail
  • Fines up to $500
  • Up to 360 hours of community service
  • A 30-day “hard” suspension on your driver’s license (no driving at all) followed by a 180-day restricted license
  • 6 points on your driver’s license
  • Several hundred dollars in court costs

Operating with a High Blood Alcohol Content

Also known as “superdrunk,” the prosecutor needs to establish that your blood alcohol content (BAC) was 0.17, which is more than twice the “legal limit” of 0.08. This provision was added in 2010, and it comes with harsher punishment.

Here are the consequences for operating with a high BAC:

  • It’s a misdemeanor conviction on your record
  • Up to 180 days in jail
  • Up to 360 hours of community service
  • Fines up to $700
  • Several hundred dollars in court costs
  • A 45-day hard suspension, followed by a restricted license for 1 year, during which time you must have an ignition interlock device installed on your car
  • 6 points on your driver’s license.

If you want to find our more information about a second offense OWI click here.

If you are charged with a high BAC or “Super Drunk” charge visit this page. 

Finally, if you are charged with Felony Drunk Driving, visit this page.

Questions Your Michigan DUI Lawyer Needs To Ask

DUI cases can be complicated. This complication can be to your benefit. These are a list of questions I can use to help you with your case.

  • Did the police have valid reasons to believe you were intoxicated?
  • Did the police have grounds to pull you over in the first place?
  • Was the officer properly trained to perform field sobriety tests?
  • Did the police correctly administer the “preliminary breath test” (the roadside breathalyzer)?
  • Was the preliminary breath test correctly calibrated?
  • Did the officer correctly administer the field sobriety tests?
  • Did the police have probable cause to arrest you at all?
  • Was the evidentiary breath test correctly calibrated?
  • Did the Officer read you your Miranda Rights
  • Was the officer who administered the evidentiary breath test properly trained?
  • If your blood was drawn, did the office have a valid warrant?
  • Or was your consent to get your blood drawn done properly?
  • Was the person who performed the blood draw properly qualified?
  • Was the blood draw conducted properly?

If I find the answer to any of these questions is no, I can use that information to maybe get your case tossed or get you a great plea deal. Call Shawn now at 616-438-6719 and let him help you out! Shawn is the Michigan DUI Lawyer that you need by your side!