DRUNK DRIVING FIRST OFFENSE
Whether you have an Oakland County drunk driving or a Washtenaw County impaired driving charge, chances are, it is your first alcohol related driving offense. Having represented hundreds of drunk driving cases, we understand that most people who are charged with a DUI have never been in trouble before. Further, given the state of tough sentencing judges in places like West Bloomfield, Birmingham, and Auburn Hills, we understand that most people are terrified of what may happen.
MCL 257.625, THE DRUNK DRIVER STATUTE
Michigan drunk driver and impaired driver laws originate from statute MCL §257.625. Specifically, the Michigan drunk driving law states that it is illegal to drive while being intoxicated, impaired, or having a blood alcohol score of 0.08 or higher blood alcohol concentration (BAC).
PUNISHMENTS FOR AN OWI FIRST OFFENSE CONVICTION
The State drunk driver statute states that a first time drunk driver can get up to 93 days in jail, as well as probation, fines, costs, and other sentencing programs. In places like the 48th District Court in Bloomfield, jail is a real possibility for a 1st offense OUIL. If you have Judge Small, jail isn’t just a possibility, it is a reality.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DRUNK DRIVING AND IMPAIRED DRIVING
Understanding the differences between an operating while intoxicated charge and an operating while impaired plea is extremely important for your decision as to whether to try your drunk driving case. For the most part, the convictions are identical, first the jail time is identical; second, you can’t expunge an impaired driving conviction, nor can you expunge a drunk driving conviction; and third, you will be doing the same amount of probation. In fact, the only major differences are that if you get convicted of drunk driving, you lose your license for 30 days, have to pay a higher amount of fines, and you get more points on your driving record.
FIRST OFFENSES DRINKING AND DRIVING TRIALS
Many times, the prosecutors involved in drinking and driving cases refuse to offer any reasonable plea offer. At this point, trial becomes a necessity. We routinely handle DUI jury trials and have won many in which most attorneys would have advised their clients to plead. We utilize expert testimony and numerous defense available to fight and win your owi/dui charge.
At Amberg & Amberg, we take drinking and driving cases to trial all of the time. If you need our help, call us or email us today. Our attorneys believe in what they do and they believe in your innocence. We are industry recognized leaders in criminal representation and we fight to win.