Experienced Michigan Drunk Driving Defense Attorneys
If you or a loved one was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs, officially known as operating while intoxicated (OWI), you may think hiring a lawyer to defend you is not worth the expense. However, we at Demers & Dixon, P.C. can tell you that the consequences of a DUI conviction can have more impact than just paying a fine. As experienced Michigan trial attorneys, we will explore all your options to protect your rights and driving privileges.
Understanding What a DUI Conviction Can Mean
In Michigan, those who are caught driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 can be charged with DUI or OWI, though any amount of alcohol in your system could still result in criminal charges. While the actual penalties of a DUI conviction vary depending on the facts of the case, in general those convicted of DUI could face:
- Heavy fines of up to $1,000
- Mandatory driver’s license suspension for six months, even for a first conviction
- The assessment of administrative driving “points” against your license
- Participation in an alcohol treatment or self-help programs as ordered by the court
- Jail time or community service on a second or subsequent offense
These penalties only increase if you are found to have a BAC of .17 or higher. Beyond the criminal penalties, though, any conviction for DUI/OWI can result in increased insurance premiums and limited opportunities due to the presence of your criminal record.
Because of this, you need someone with a thorough knowledge of Michigan DUI laws to fight for you. At Burgess & Burgess, we do not simply settle at first opportunity. We will examine whether police had probable cause to stop you, if breath test results were accurately taken or recorded and whether your rights were kept at all times.