Michigan DUI OWI Laws

Michigan DUI Law Summarized

The drunk driving law in the State of Michigan makes it illegal to drive with a .08 percentage blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or above. Michigan has a .02 BAC limit for drivers under the age of 21 and commercial drivers. In addition to Michigan’s OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) law, Michigan has another law called the OWVI (Operating While Visibly Impaired) law. This law means that because drugs (even prescription and legal drugs) or alcohol (or a combination of both) are in your body, that your ability to drive was visibly impaired. Operating a motor vehicle with any amount of a Schedule 1 drug (Cocaine, Barbiturates, marijuana, heroin, etc.) is illegal under Michigan’s OWVI law.

The best answer is not to drink and drive. The State of Michigan has strict laws for drunk driving, and when you drink and drive in Michigan, you risk your freedom, finances and your future.

Good People Make Mistakes

If you have an error in judgment and are arrested for DWI, it does not make you a bad person. Good people make mistakes. The most important thing is not to let a single error in judgment change the course of your future. I often say, “the course of a life is set by the angle of the sail, not by a storm.”

Bond and Bail for OWI and DUI Cases

The bond for a first offense DUI with a known, respected criminal defense lawyer is usually a personal bond, AKA a personal recognizance bond. This type of bond generally has an amount of money that is owed to the court if there is a bond violation. If you are arrested for a misdemeanor or felony drunk driving charge, it is critical that you work with a highly experienced, retained criminal lawyer. A top Michigan criminal attorney has a good chance of giving you the best possible outcome in your case (including avoiding jail or prison, lowering fines and costs, decreasing the terms and conditions of probation, etc…).

The Punishment for OWI Cases

The Michigan Counties that are known for treating drunk driving charges in a particularly harsh way include Oakland County, Wayne County, Washtenaw County, Livingston County, and Macomb County. Don’t be sold out by a “local” lawyer who claims to know the judges or the prosecutor. The truth of the matter is that the best, most effective criminal attorneys are those that have a breadth of experience throughout Southeastern Michigan are not so connected to a particular court that they lose perspective on the importance of fighting for their client (as opposed to keeping buddy-buddy with the court). Judges and prosecutors don’t give deals to lawyers because they are friends, lawyers sell-out clients because they know their “friends” appreciate quickly, easily resolved cases. Judges and prosecutors give the best deals to lawyers who are known to be credible threats, i.e. lawyers who are known to be aggressive, effective fighters.

DUI Defense Lawyers With a Track Record of Success

Not all DUI or OWI Lawyers are the same and, in fact, the hiring the right lawyer can make all the difference.  Defending alcohol or drug-related driving offenses is extremely complicated and most lawyers that claim to be “OWI Defense Attorneys” actually do not know the first thing about being effective litigators. Saying you have experience or that you are knowledgeable about OWI defense is easy and often times said by lawyers with questionable effectiveness. 

The Defense Team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has decades of experience and an unparalleled track record of successfully negotiating extraordinary resolutions and achieving favorable results in court. Instead of working with one lawyer, we use a unique team approach that frequently results in outcomes that solo practitioners can only dream of. 

If you would like a free consultation and case evaluation, please call us today at (248) 263-6800 or kindly complete a Request for Assistance Form and we will have a highly experienced and effective defense attorney promptly contact you.