Dismissal of OWI Charges in Michigan
LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. was able to get another dismissal of an Operating While Intoxicated charge. The allegation was that the client was OWI and had his 13-year-old son in the automobile. The charge was in Oakland County, Michigan.
The Defense Team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. took over a client’s representation on an OWI charge after two previous lawyers were unable to get the charges dismissed. When the firm was retained, our lawyers promptly went to work diligently and thoroughly reviewing the police reports, records, and recordings relative to the case. When it was time for court, we were prepared to show the prosecuting attorney that they were not going to be able to convict our client of OWI. We helped the prosecutor understand why the field sobriety tests were not performed correctly, and that he was probably not under the influence. Additionally, we were able to persuasively demonstrate that the officer involved in the stop did not accurately report the circumstances of the stop or his observations of our client. The prosecuting attorney agreed that a conviction was unlikely and dismissed the OWI charge against our client.
Michigan Penalties for OWI Offenses
If convicted of an alcohol or drug-related driving charge, you may face any of the following penalties:
- OWI, 1st Offense – up to 93 days in jail, up to two years of probation, 360 hours (45 days) community service, vehicle immobilization at the court’s discretion, possible ignition interlock device during probation.
- OWI (or OWVI), 2nd Offense – a minimum of 5 days in jail and up to one year, up to 2 years of probation, minimum 30 days community service (maximum 90 days), possible ignition interlock device during probation, mandatory vehicle immobilization.
- OWI or (OWVI), 3rd Offense – up to five years in prison, or 30 days to one year in jail combined with up to 5 years of probation, minimum 60 days community service (maximum 180 days), possible ignition interlock device during probation, mandatory vehicle immobilization.
- OWVI, First Offense – up to 93 days in jail, up to two years of probation, 360 hours (45 days) community service, vehicle immobilization at the court’s discretion.
- OWI Causing Death – Maximum prison time of 15 years, fines $10,000, 5 years of probation, mandatory vehicle immobilization. If a firefighter or police officer dies, you may be sentenced to 20 years in prison.
- OWI Causing Serious Injury – Prison time of up to five years, up to five years of probation, mandatory vehicle immobilization.
Aggressive, Effective and Tenacious OWI Defense in Michigan
At LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., we approach every case as if it involves our own family. The successful defense of any criminal charge requires experience, knowledge, diligence, and tenacity. These are all qualities embodied in the attorneys who make up the Defense Team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. Although the odds are stacked against the defendant in a DUI case, we do whatever is necessary to level the playing field and get our client every possible advantage in court.
Call us today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation, or complete a Request for Assistance Form and we will contact you promptly.