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Fight Your OWI/OWVI with Jaffe Defense Team
If you are facing DUI, OWI or DWI charges, you’re going to need the help of an aggressive, hard-working Oakland County DUI attorney who has extensive experience successfully representing clients in drunk driving cases.
Jaffe Defense Team has been helping the people of Southeast Michigan win their drunk driving cases for more than 30 years and is ready to work tirelessly to craft an effective defense that ensures that the allegations against you receive the scrutiny they deserve.
You may have defense options in your OWI case. Contact our Oakland County DUI attorneys today for a free consultation.
Drunk Driving Charges in Southeast Michigan
In Michigan, a first-time drunk driving offense could result in a 6-month suspension of your license, or up to 93 days in jail. When it comes to your DUI case, the stakes are obviously high, which is why finding a skilled Oakland County DUI attorney is so important to winning your case and moving on with your life.
Drunk driving laws are very strict and can carry very tough penalties, including:
At Jaffe Defense Team, we have proven experience in defending clients with:
- Drinking and driving charges
- Boating under the influence charges
- Charges for operating a snowmobile while intoxicated
Know What to Do When Being Pulled Over
Unlike most criminal charges, DUIs are usually unintentional and can happen to people from all walks of life. It’s important to know what to do when you get pulled over on a night that you may have had a drink. Knowing your rights is vital to any interaction with law enforcement or the justice system and this case is no different.
Understand that when cops pull you over during the late night or early hours of the morning, they are likely looking to see if you are impaired, especially if it’s a weekend.
You are required by law to give the officer:
- Your license
- Proof of insurance upon request
You are not required to take a breathalyzer test or field sobriety test. These tests do not exist to serve your best interest but rather to provide evidence against you during court proceedings later. You may be arrested, but chances are if you’re pulled over on suspicion of impairment, you’ll be arrested anyway. At least, if you don’t take the tests, there will be a lack of evidence to support the DUI charge.
What are the Penalties for OWI in Michigan?
Under Michigan law, you can face serious penalties for an OWI conviction largely depending on the circumstances of your case and if you have had prior OWI convictions in the past seven years.
Possible penalties for a first OWI conviction in Michigan include:
- A $100 to $500 fine or a $200 to $700 fine if your BAC was .17% or more
- Up to 93 days in jail or up to 180 days in jail if your BAC was .17% or more
- Up to 360 hours of community service
Possible penalties for a second OWI conviction in Michigan include:
- A $200 to $1,000 fine
- 5 days to 1 year in jail
- 30 to 90 days of community service
Possible penalties for a third OWI conviction in Michigan include:
- A $500 to $5,000 fine
- 1 to 5 years in jail or 30 days up to 1 year if community service is required
- 60 to 180 days of community service
Get Legal Counsel for DUI Charges in Michigan
When facing any criminal charge, you have a right to legal representation, use it every time. Some people believe they have been through the system enough times or have gotten good enough legal advice to represent themselves, and these are the people who usually end up doing time in jail.
Any perceived monetary benefit from not hiring a good Oakland County DUI lawyer is trumped by the loss of time and income that comes from being in jail, even for a short period.
A DUI charge doesn’t have to mean the end of the world, getting good legal representation and seek good counsel are the keys to retaining your freedom and peace of mind. If you need legal counsel, feel free to contact us through our online contact form or by calling (248) 522-9545.
You May Have Viable OWI Defense Options
Regardless of the DUI or OWI charges you are facing, you can’t afford to risk your reputation or your record. When you choose Jaffe Defense Team, you can have peace of mind knowing you have a Oakland County DUI lawyer who will exhaustively assess your case and ensure that any shortcoming in the prosecution’s defense is exposed before the court.
Even if you “failed” a breathalyzer or blood test, you may still have viable avenues for an effective defense.
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We look forward to hearing more about your criminal, family law or personal injury case.