Drunk Driving Dui

Grand Rapids Drunk Driving Lawyer

Defending OWI/DUI in Kent, Allegan & Ottawa Counties

As in all states in the U.S., Michigan law enforcement agencies aggressively pursue and prosecute anyone suspected of drunk and/or drugged driving. This zeal often leads to wrongful arrests and mishandled cases that can put your individual rights and freedoms in jeopardy. In many instances, you may never have been arrested before and have no experience with the criminal justice system. This puts you at a distinct disadvantage. Without knowledge of your rights and how the system works, you are at greater risk than ever of a wrongful conviction that can have far-reaching effects on your life. Having an experienced attorney on your side in this situation is one of the most important actions you can take.

Get the benefit of an effective defense. Contact Ryan Maesen, PLC online or at (616) 201-3327 to request a free initial consultation with our Grand Rapids DUI attorney. 

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DUI Laws in Michigan

In Michigan law, drunk driving is officially called “operating while intoxicated” or OWI. You are officially violating the law if you drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that measures .08 percent or higher. You are considered “super drunk” if you drive with a BAC that measures .17 or higher which puts you at risk for increased penalties.

Michigan also has established a less serious charge of “operating while visibly impaired” or OWVI. This is charged when you display visible signs of being impaired despite the level of your BAC. You can also be charged with any amount of a drug, any controlled substance, or any intoxicating substance in your body. 

The penalties you face in any DUI will depend on the circumstances and if you have any prior DUIs within the previous seven years. Prior DUIs will increase your penalties.

In a first-offense DUI, you will face the following penalties:

  • Up to 93 days in jail. If your BAC measured .17 percent or more, this is increased to up to a 180-day potential maximum.
  • Fines of $100 up to $500. If your BAC measured .17 percent or more, this ranges from $200 up to $700.
  • Up to 360 hours of community service.
  • Potential loss of your driver’s license for up to 180 days or up to a year if your BAC measured .17 percent or more.
  • Six points added to your driving record. 
  • If your BAC measured .17 percent or higher, you would need to complete a mandatory alcohol treatment program. You will also be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle at your own expense to drive on a restricted license after 45 days of fulfilling your license suspension. 

If you were found driving with a passenger under the age of 16, you will face harsher penalties. Drunk driving convictions will also result in $1,000 penalties each year for two years under the Driver Responsibility Act. 

Protecting Your License

Losing your license can have serious consequences, including making it difficult to get to and from work. 

Fortunately, ways exist in which you can protect your license or retain the right to drive legally, including:

  • Driver’s License Hearings
  • Administrative License Revocation (ALR)
  • Occupational Driver’s Licenses

However, you only have a limited amount of time to take action, making it critical to get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible.

A Michigan DUI can drastically alter your life and leave you with a permanent criminal record. Defenses do exist against these charges but you will need an attorney who knows how to thoroughly investigate all aspects of your arrest. At Ryan Maesen, PLC, we have a strong track record of successful results in representing clients facing these challenges in court. 

  • “I needed a criminal attorney and I needed one fast. I only had two weeks until my first court appearance when I started my search. Mr. Maesen's name was one of several that came up on my search and I promptly called.” - Kelly
  • “Ryan is a knowledgeable, professional general law practice attorney. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of an attorney, particularly for real estate matters and criminal defense.” - Sharon
  • “Was facing a 25 to life CSC case. We tried it and we won. He has great trial skills and did a knockout job cross-examining my accuser.” - Richard

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