Drunk Driving Is More Serious Than You May Think

My name is Marc E. Hart. My law firm is devoted exclusively to criminal defense, bringing 30 years of criminal trial experience to your situation. Rather than just going for the quick and easy plea, my mindset is to vigorously fight the allegations, win the case at trial, or find the leverage necessary to minimize the penalties and collateral consequences in every client’s case.

Most people who are arrested for operating while intoxicated (OWI) do not think of themselves as criminals. In fact, you may have never been in trouble with the law in your life. But because of the potential penalties and collateral consequences, you need to talk to an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

Royal Oak attorney Marc E. Hart has practiced in criminal law in Michigan for over 30 years, including a background as a former prosecuting attorney. He can help you fight the charges or limit the adverse impact on your life. The Law Offices of Marc E. Hart handles drunk driving cases in Oakland County, Wayne County and Macomb County. Call day or night for immediate legal assistance.

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OWI, OWVI And Related Charges

If you were pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving in the Detroit area and asked to blow into a portable Breathalyzer, it is not the end of the story. A good lawyer can make a difference in the outcome, no matter what the charges or circumstances. Marc Hart handles all facets of drunk driving defense, including:

  • First offense of OWI or OWVI
  • Repeat offense or felony OWI
  • Super drunk (blood alcohol of .17 or greater)

  • Zero tolerance (under 21 drinking and driving)
  • Commercial driver's license (CDL)
  • Breath test refusal
  • Child endangerment (OWI with a child in the car)
  • Drunk driving accidents (resulting in injury or death)

You may be charged with operating while intoxicated (OWI) if you fail the breath test (.08 or higher). Or you may be charged with a lesser offense of operating while visibly impaired (OWVI) regardless of blood alcohol content. The punishments are similar, and an OWVI essentially counts the same as OWI for purposes of subsequent offenses. One key difference is a flat suspension of your driver's license for OWI, while you can obtain a restricted license ("work permit") if convicted of an OWVI.

Whatever the charges, Mr. Hart will explain the potential punishments under Michigan law and explore all possible defenses for avoiding a criminal record or the harshest penalties.

Creating A Strong Drunk Driving Defense

You may not face jail time for a first offense of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. However, if you can't drive, you may not be able to work, resulting in loss of employment and a domino effect in your life. In many cases, an OWI can be reduced to impaired driving so that you can retain limited driving privileges.

The Law Offices of Marc E. Hart has also successfully challenged OWI and OWVI at trial, on the basis of an illegal traffic stop or other errors or violations by the arresting officer. Every case is different, but the earlier you contact a qualified attorney the more opportunities there will be to avoid prosecution or mitigate the consequences.

You Have Rights. Please Call The Law Offices of Marc E. Hart Today.

There is little to be gained by pleading straight guilty to OWI. As an experienced drunk driving defense attorney for the Detroit metro area and Southeast Michigan, Marc Hart can protect your rights and your interests, whether this is your first OWI/DUI or you have prior convictions.

For a free consultation, call 24/7 at 248-397-5899 or contact us online.