In Michigan, OWI (operating while intoxicated) is the most often used term for criminal charges filed against a motorist that are alcohol related. State law provides penalties under conviction of drunk driving for a first offense that might include up to 93 days in prison, as well as $100 to $500 in fines and a possible license suspension of six months. Anyone who refuses to submit to chemical tests incurs an automatic license suspension for one year if it is a first offense.
Because the potential penalties for operating while intoxicated can be far more serious that one might realize, it is typically prudent to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after an arrest. Attorney Marc E. Hart has been named one of Michigan's top criminal lawyers. He has 30 years of trial experience and is prepared to offer a strong and effective defense on your behalf.
Being charged with drunk driving can have almost immediate adverse effects on a person's life. Retaining the assistance of an experienced legal professional in the matter can possibly help limit those repercussions. As your legal advocate, an attorney can help you explore all available options in order to potentially avoid a permanent criminal record.
The Law Offices of Marc E. Hart are prepared to launch a thorough investigation into the details leading to the drunk driving charges against you. Your attorney will fight to ensure that none of your personal rights have been violated throughout the process and that those rights will continue to be protected in court. Whether this is an alleged first offense or one that follows a prior history of similar charges, our legal team is ready to represent your best interests at every stage of the proceedings.