DUI in Michigan
Michigan has some of the most complex and heavily penalized drunk driving laws in the country. A conviction for drunk driving can potentially result in extremely serious consequences, including jail, expensive fines, driver’s license suspension, mandatory classes, community service and other court sanctions. If you were arrested and charged with drunk driving it is crucial to retain an experienced and effective DUI and OWI attorney who will zealously defend you and your driving privileges and pursue the most favorable resolution possible. Attorney Catherine O’Meara provides aggressive drunk driving representation to clients in the Detroit area and throughout the State of Michigan. Attorney O’Meara offers a free, no-obligation case review.
BAC Overview – Basics
In Michigan, if a driver is 21 years of age or older, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Content Level (BAC) of .08 or higher. If the driver is younger than 21, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a BAC of .02 or higher. Additionally, any driver who exhibits signs of impairment can be arrested and charged, no matter how high or low the BAC is. Commercial truck drivers are held to even higher standards.
Numerous Drunk Driving Terms and Laws
DUI is a general term for driving under the influence of alcohol. As stated above, there are many drunk and drugged drugged driving terms and laws in Michigan, and they are quite complex and multifaceted, which makes them difficult for the lay person to understand. Some of the impaired driving charges and terms include, but are not limited to the following:
- DUI – Driving under the influence
- OUI – Operating under the influence
- OWI – Operating while intoxicated
- OWVI – Operating while visibly impaired by alcohol or drugs
- OUIL – Operating under the influence of liquor
- High BAC – Blood alcohol content level of .17 or higher
- OWDP – Operating with any presence of (an illegal) schedule 1 drug
- OUIL, OWI or UBAL causing death or serious injury
Implied Consent Law in Michigan
Michigan’s implied consent law requires drivers to submit to a chemical test for suspected impaired driving. Refusal to submit to the test will result in additional charges, including extra driver’s license points, and a one year or greater driver’s license suspension. Please contact Attorney O’Meara if you were charged with refusing to take a chemical test.
Aggressive Drunk Driving Defense in Detroit – Contact Attorney Catherine O’Meara for a Free Case Review
Attorney Catherine O’Meara represents clients charged with all drunk and drugged driving charges. For a complimentary case review, contact The Law Office of Catherine O’Meara at 313-680-1755.