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Arrested for Drunk Driving in Michigan? Get Quality Kalamazoo County Representation as Soon as Possible

Many people with a driving under the influence (DUI) offense, whether for alcohol, marijuana, or drug use, have never had prior contact with the law. This lack of familiarity with the criminal justice system can leave people unsettled and unsure about what they need to do for their case. Our reputable Kalamazoo DUI attorneys at Levine & Levine Attorneys at Law can provide you with the necessary guidance to assist you in the process and the defense you need to prevail in your DUI / OWI case.

Our Michigan DUI / OWI lawyers are ready to hear about your case. Call (269) 218-8880 to request a case review.

Have You Been Charged in a Fatal DUI Case in Michigan?

If you are facing charges of vehicular homicide for a fatality that occurred while driving under the influence of marijuana, drugs, or alcohol, you need to secure the strongest available defense. People who are accused of a DUI causing death or serious injury often face the stiffest penalties. This is especially the case for those with a record of previous drunk driving charges, but it may also apply to first-time offenders. Our dedicated and skilled drunk driving attorneys in Kalamazoo are knowledgeable about DUI laws and can guide you through the intricate steps of your case.

Michigan's Bodily Alcohol Content (BAC) Limit

It is a crime for a driver to have a bodily alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or greater if over age 21 or .02 or greater if under 21. In addition, Michigan has a high-BAC law with enhanced penalties for anyone caught driving with a BAC of .17 or higher. However, drivers can be arrested at any BAC level if they exhibit signs of impairment while operating a motor vehicle.

How Is Drugged Driving Penalized in Michigan?

Drivers with any amount of a Schedule 1 controlled substance and/or cocaine in Michigan are subject to the same fines and penalties as drunk drivers, even if they show no signs of impairment. The only exception applies to a person driving with marijuana in his or her system. Under the law, an officer must show they are impaired due to that marijuana.

Consult With a Proven Michigan OWI Lawyer Today

A DUI or OWI conviction can have life-changing consequences. In addition to jail time, fines, and other punishments, there are a number of other collateral consequences that can come from a drunk or drugged driving conviction in Michigan, including loss of reputation, difficulty finding employment, difficulty obtaining loans and government benefits, and loss of certain rights and privileges. If you drive for a living, you may even lose your livelihood.

Don't let this happen to you. Protect yourself and safeguard your rights by working with a Michigan OWI lawyer who has ample experience in this area of the law. 

How Likely Is Jail Time for First OWI in Michigan?

Michigan doesn't require mandatory jail time for a first offense OWI. Most first culprits do not go to jail. Instead, they will likely face:

  • Fines of up to $500
  • 180 days license suspension
  • Vehicle immobilization
  • Six driver's license points
  • Community service
  • Probation of between 3 months and one year
  • Alcohol programs

Our criminal defense attorneys are ready to help you navigate your DUI case from start to finish and answer any questions you have along the way. You are innocent until proven guilty; rest assured that our team will provide you with the staunch defense you need to move forward.

Why Choose Our DUI Lawyers in Kalamazoo, Michigan?

At Levine & Levine, our Kalamazoo DUI lawyers have been providing our clients with the highly-skilled criminal defense they need when they are forced to defend against drunk driving offenses and charges related to driving under the influence of marijuana or illegal substances. Our criminal defense attorneys specializing in trying DUI offenses, Randall Levine, Anastase Markou, and Sarissa Montague, all have extensive records of successfully defending their clients against the most challenging OWI charges. Our firm is AV Preeminent* rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest available rating. Badge - Best DUI Lawyers in Kalamazoo

Individually, our attorneys’ efforts have been recognized in numerous ways, including:

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Michigan
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Super Lawyers
  • Defense Against DUI/OWI Offenses in Southwest Michigan
  • Leading Lawyers
  • Expertise, Top 11 Kalamazoo DUI Attorneys

For an effective DUI/OWI defense you deserve, turn to Levine & Levine for DUI cases. To schedule an initial consultation, call (269) 218-8880 or contact us online.

* AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Commonly Asked Questions

What is Michigan's BAC limit for drivers over 21?

Michigan law states that it is illegal for drivers over the age of 21 to operate a vehicle with a bodily alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or greater. There is also a high-BAC law with enhanced penalties for those caught driving with a BAC of .17 or higher. It's important to note that drivers can be arrested at any BAC level if they show signs of impairment.

Can I be charged with DUI in Michigan if I'm not showing signs of impairment?

Yes, in Michigan, you can be charged with DUI if you have any amount of a Schedule 1 controlled substance or cocaine in your system, regardless of impairment. For marijuana, however, the law requires the officer to demonstrate that you were impaired by the substance while driving.

What are the consequences of a first offense DUI in Michigan?

In Michigan, a first offense DUI, also known as OWI, can lead to fines up to $500, a 180-day license suspension, vehicle immobilization, six points on your driver's license, community service, probation for 3 to 12 months, and mandatory alcohol education programs. While jail time is not mandatory for a first offense, it's crucial to have a knowledgeable attorney to minimize the impact of these potential penalties.

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