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Drunk Driving (OWI)
As a former alcohol enforcement officer with over twenty years’ experience my defense of your case begins the moment the arresting officer spots you. How did the officer describe your driving? What were the weather conditions at the time of the stop? What were the road conditions at the location of the stop? What was the operating condition of your vehicle? What type of area was the traffic stop made in? All of the these factors can affect the reason behind the officer stopping you.

What happended after you stopped? The conditions under which the Standard Field Sobriety Tests or “STFST’s” are adminstered. Is the officer trained to administer them? These questions and many others only begin to scratch the sufface of a drunk driving investigation.

As a police officer, former prosecutor and as an attorney I have the ability to view your case and your defense from a perspective most other attorneys lack.
If you have been arrrested for OWI call our office for an immediate consultation.

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How much does the average OWI cost?

The financial cost of a first OWI is staggering. The breakdown, keeping in mind is a minimal assessment. This list doesn't include costs if someone is injured or killed

Cost of annual auto insurance increase over 13 years $40,000
OWI education classes $650
Towing and storage fee ($170) (plus 20 a day) $270 (at least 5days)
Fines and attorney fees $4,000-$9,000
DMV reinstatement fee $125
Estimated Minimum total $45,435

On your first OWI offense, you will face lesser punishments than that of repeat offenders. Yet, the sentence will still be stiff and may surprise you. More importantly how your lawyer handles this offense will have significant reprecussions in the unfortunate event you are arrested on a second or subsequent offense.

In 2006, the Michigan Legislature enacted “Heidi’s Law, which eliminated the time limit for someone to be convicted of a third offense. Under this law, anyone with two prior convictions for Operating While Intoxicated or Operating While Impaired can be charged with a 3rd Offense regardless of when the preceding offenses happened. That means someone can get charged with an OWI 3rd even though their second conviction was twenty, thirty or forty years prior. A third Offense OWI in Michigan is a felony.

OWI 1st Offense:
If you are convicted of OWI in Michigan, on a first offense charge you will face up to:
  • 93 days in jail
  • 180 days suspended license
  • 360 hours of community service
  • $100- $500 fine plus court costs
  • 6 points on your drivers license.

OWI 2nd Offense:
In addition to other court imposed programs and sanctions someone convicted of OWI 2nd Offense can face:
  • Fines of $200-1,000
  • At least 5 days and no more than 1 year in prison
  • Driver’s License revocation for 1 year
  • 6 points on your driving record
  • Possible vehicle seizure
  • If vehicle is not taken, you will lose use of it for 90-180 days
  • 30-90 days of community service
  • $1,000 annual driver’s responsibility fee for two years

OWI 3rd or subsequent offense: “Felony”
In addition to other court imposed programs and sanctions someone convicted of OWI 3rd Offense can face:
  • Fines of $500-$5,000
  • 1 to 5 years in prison
  • 60-180 days community service
  • 6 points on your driving record
  • Possible vehicle seizure
  • If vehicle is not taken, you will lose use of it for 1-3 years
  • $1,000 annual driver’s responsibility fee for two years

Operating While Visibly Impaired.
On a first OWI often the prosecutor will offer OWVI. OWVI provides essentially the same sentence with a few minor differences.
  • $300 fine
  • 93 days in jail
  • 360 hours of community service
  • 90 days of driving restriction (may restrict hours or destinations of your travel)
  • Four point on your drivers license

If you have recently received a ticket, been arrested for OWI, DWLS, MIP, call for a consultation. Remember driving is an important privilege which you cannot afford to lose our office works agressively to protect your rights under the legal system.