Michigan’s Premier Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) Defense Firm
Operating While Intoxicated (OWI), also known as Drunk Driving (DUI), is a serious offense that can result in severe consequences. An experienced criminal defense attorney can protect and defend you on any alcohol or drug-related charge.
Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) is the only crime where most of the evidence against you is based on the subjective option of a police officer. Police officers are not out to uncover the truth; they are on a mission to make arrests, build cases, and help prosecutors secure convictions. In the typical drunk driving case, the arresting officer may allege that the motorist exhibited signs of intoxication, such as:
- the odor of an alcoholic beverage,
- watery and bloodshot eyes,
- speech that is slurred,
- difficulty with memory,
- trouble understanding, and
- a hard time balancing.
These observations are subjective, meaning they are based on the officer’s opinion. When a person is looking for something, such as evidence of a crime, they will look at innocent evidence with a bias that results in unjustified and unfair accusations. Anyone charged with a crime, including OWI, is presumed to be innocent and must be found not guilty unless the prosecution proves the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt. An experienced OWI Defense Attorney is your best hope of avoiding the harsh penalties associated with an alcohol or drug-related driving conviction.
OWI Penalties are Severe in Michigan
The Michigan legislature has given prosecutors and courts every advantage to secure convictions and increase the severity of the penalties in drunk and drugged driving cases. People familiar with the system know the legislature has rigged the system to make it easier for police and prosecutors to get OWI convictions. Political advocacy groups such as M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) never stop lobbying for more stringent laws.
In Michigan, OWI is one of the most common criminal charges. Due to political pressure and strict judges, you face a possible jail sentence on a first offense. Probation on a drunk driving case will likely include:
- substantial fines and costs,
- lengthy periods of community service,
- months or years of reporting probation,
- revocation, suspension, or restriction of your driver’s license,
- costly and time-consuming alcohol or drug therapy, and more.
People with an OWI conviction on their record may have trouble obtaining or keeping a professional license (lawyers, doctors, nurses, etc.), obtaining or advancing in employment, or maintaining a security clearance.
If the Michigan Department of State revokes your driver’s license, you will not be able to drive again until the Driver’s Appeal and Assessment Division (DAAD) reinstates your driving privileges. An alcohol-related conviction may interfere with international travel and prevent you altogether from going to Canada.
An Experience OWI Defense Attorney is Your Best Hope
It is important that you have a lawyer who is experienced with OWI defense and knows all of the potential factual, legal, medical, scientific, and constitutional defenses available. An attorney must know how to effectively attack breath tests, blood tests, and the pseudo-science of standardized field sobriety tests. All the nuances and complexity specific to defending OWI cases make drunk driving defense one of the most challenging fields in criminal defense.
The lawyers with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C.have the experience, skill, and tenacity to provide the best possible defense. Our lawyers practice criminal defense exclusively, as opposed to the jack-of-all-trade lawyers who have no expertise. You do not want to trust your fate to the attorney who is the lowest bidder. When hiring a lawyer or any professional, you get what you pay for.
Innocent people get caught charged as a result of overzealous police actions. Many officers feel taking short cuts with a person’s civil rights is justified in an OWI investigation. The defense lawyers at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. are committed to leveling the playing field and we will do whatever is necessary to give you the most significant advantage possible in court.
OWI Lawyers Who Can Achieve Extraordinary Plea Bargains
Few OWI cases result in a bench or jury trial. In most cases, a favorable plea bargain can be negotiated with a city or a state prosecutor. The Defense Team at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. has the influence, tact, experience, and professionalism required to negotiate and secure the best plea bargains. Obtaining a dismissal of all charges is our goal; however, there are cases where a plea bargain to a reduced charge or reduced sentence is in the client’s best interest. If an attorney aggressively and intelligently defends OWI charges, there is the possibility of a plea to reckless driving, careless driving, or another type of civil infraction.
A lawyer achieves an extraordinary resolution in a case by being a credible threat in court. Our lawyers are extremely well known throughout Michigan to be among the top OWI trial lawyers. Prosecutors and judges know that if they do not treat our clients fairly, we will fight the charges and protect our clients’ rights.
Beating OWI Charges at Trial
If a plea agreement is not possible, you must have a lawyer who has taken OWI cases to trial and won. The attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have vast experience taking criminal charges to trial and a track record for winning. One advantage of hiring our Defense Team is that you get a team of experienced lawyers, paralegals, experts, and investigators who will collaborate to build the most vigorous possible defense. We take time to role play hearings and trials so that we can be assured to have the most effective strategies and techniques.
Experienced, Effective, and Affordable OWI Defense
Many people arrested for OWI feel as though everyone assumes they are guilty or should go to jail. The attorneys and staff at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. never judge our clients, and we treat them with dignity and respect. Our only goal is to help you in the best way possible. You should call for a free consultation with one of our experienced DUI attorneys. We will help you understand any possible defenses before you make an ill-advised decision to plead guilty or no contest.
Call us today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation, or complete a Request for Assistance Form and we will contact you promptly.