Did you know that a drunk driving conviction can remain on your criminal record long after you’ve completed your sentence? Drivers who violate Michigan drunk driving laws, for example, are often stuck with a permanent criminal conviction if they are found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol.
While most drivers believe they must be physically impaired by alcohol in order to be arrested for drunk driving, there are several ways to be charged. Although operating while impaired (OWI) is the most common of these violations, driving under the influence of liquor (DUIL) and unlawful blood alcohol level (UBAL) are separate crimes.
You may also face charges for operating while visibly impaired (OWVI), or driving with such limited abilities that another person would notice your impairment. In addition, drivers under the age of 21 can be charged for violating the state’s Zero Tolerance law, which impose a 0.02% BAC limit for underage drivers.
So what’s the difference between the offenses? It really comes down to the type of evidence that is required to establish guilt. As the most serious of the charges, for example, an OWI violation requires observation evidence or chemical evidence. In other words, the prosecutor must prove the driver acted in a way to indicate he or she was impaired (observation evidence) or submit chemical test results (such as breath tests) to show that he or she had a blood alcohol content (BAC) above the legal limit of 0.08%.
If you’ve been arrested for violating any of Michigan’s drunk driving laws, it is important to obtain legal representation immediately. Depending on the offense, you may face fines, license suspension, community service, and even jail time if you are convicted.
With the numerous penalties that often result from OWI convictions, lawyer fees should be the least of your worries. That’s why The Barone Defense Firm offers a variety of flexible payment options to our clients. In addition to accepting all major credit cards, we work with you to create a payment plan that fits your budget, or refer you to reputable lenders who extend small loans for legal expenses.
As the firm’s founder, attorney Patrick Barone brings years of criminal defense experience to the table. Regarded one of the most skilled OWI defense lawyers in the state, he has successfully represented countless drivers across Michigan.
From negotiating a reduced sentence to getting your charges dismissed entirely, the Barone Defense Firm provides aggressive representation to help you fight your DWI charge.
To learn how you can reduce or eliminate the consequences of a DWI conviction, contact the Barone Defense Firm for a free case evaluation. Remember, being arrested for drunk driving does not automatically result in a conviction. Improve your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome in court. Contact us today.
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