Charged With OWI More Than Once?

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.

A prior conviction for drunk driving, even from many years ago, triggers mandatory jail time and other harsh penalties for a new offense. Unlike a first offense, there are few opportunities to bypass these consequences. Your choices are to take your medicine or to fight the charges in hopes of acquittal or a favorable plea offer.

The Law Offices of Marc E. Hart in Royal Oak provides the thorough and aggressive approach you need if you are facing a second OWI or a felony OWI (third offense). Marc E. Hart is a veteran criminal defense lawyer and former prosecutor who brings 30 years of trial experience to your case. He will make every effort to spare you from jail, a felony record, loss of license and other fallout from a repeat OWI.

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Harsh Punishments For A Second Or Third Offense

Michigan has a lifetime lookback for operating while intoxicated (OWI), meaning you could face severe sanctions even if your first offense was ages ago in your 20s. The Law Offices of Marc E. Hart handles repeat offenses and other OWI cases with enhanced penalties:

  • Second-offense OWI — You face mandatory jail time, steep fines, license revocation for one year, ignition interlock upon reinstatement, and many other penalties and consequences.
  • Super drunk — Michigan's new law increases the fines and penalties if your blood alcohol is over .17, including jail time on a first offense.

  • Felony OWI — A third offense of OWI (which may include OWVI convictions, breath test refusal, or a DUI from another state) is a felony crime in Michigan. You can be subject to up to five years in prison, up to $5,000 in fines, 180 days of community service and a five-year revocation of your driver's license.

Skilled Defense For Repeat OWI Or Felony OWI

Because of the severe consequences, you cannot afford to simply plead guilty. Marc Hart's thorough and aggressive approach enables him to find the weaknesses in the prosecution's case. He has successfully challenged drunk driving charges on the basis of probable cause for the traffic stop, illegal vehicle searches, field sobriety tests, Breathalyzer administration and test results, and other unsupported actions or evidence.

If it's not possible to get the case dismissed, it may be possible to get the charges reduced to a non-OWI offense or negotiate a sentence that avoids jail, prison or loss of license. No matter how bad things look, the legal team at The Law Offices of Marc E. Hart is committed to improving the outcome.

If you need a proven OWI attorney in the Detroit area, call the Royal Oak office of The Law Offices of Marc E. Hart at 248-397-5899 or contact us online. Attorney Hart offers a free consultation and you can reach him day or night.