I am facing OWI charge in Novi, Michigan. Should I be worried?
The State of Michigan does not treat OWI cases lightly. Each year, thousands of individuals are left disabled and some lose their lives because of another’s choice to drive while intoxicated. The attorneys at LEWIS AND DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have represented thousands of clients who have faced OWI in Novi and other cities in Michigan and realize how a responsible, upstanding citizens can find themselves facing an OWI charge. A conviction can change every aspect of a person’s life, and we will walk you through this scary and vulnerable time without judgement.
Will I lose my driver’s license? What will happen to me?
This is one of the first questions that clients facing OWI charges will ask. An individual found guilty of an OWI charge will most likely lose driving privileges. The length of suspension will depend on several factors, including the amount of blood alcohol content in your bloodstream and the number of offenses you have faced in the past. A full loss of driving privileges may be avoidable through a reduction of or dismissal of the charges. The punishment may be more severe in the case that a minor was in the vehicle during the incident or if any involved party experienced injury. In addition to losing one’s driver’s license, we sometimes see judges hand down heavy fines, jail time, mandated community service, therapy, and required alcohol education courses. LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C.’s attorneys are well versed in providing OWI defense in Novi and are seasoned in knowing how to lessen the punishment for each individual client.
Do I really need an attorney to represent me for OWI?
Yes, you do! In Michigan, a defendant facing an OWI charge can bargain down criminal charges. Few lawyers are seasoned enough or skilled enough to know how to fight for a reduced charge in an effective way. Our attorneys explore every avenue. For example, we may discover that the tests administered during arrest were unreliable. If it is appropriate for your case and there is a good chance you can be acquitted, we will take your case to trial and seek an acquittal. Most lawyers are known to plea all of their OWI cases and are not a credible threat to the prosecutor. If the prosecutor knows your lawyer is going to get you to plea, there is no incentive to give an extraordinary resolution.