OWI (DUI) and TRAFFIC CASES

Now more than ever it is vital to defend your rights in ALL traffic and OWI (which are often referred to by the public as DUI) cases. In Michigan they are actually Operating under the influence cases as the car does not need to be moving for you to be charged. Recent changes in the law have greatly raised the stakes and the consequences in these cases.

Points on traffic tickets can not only lead to suspension of your driving privileges but they can now subject you to “driver responsibility” fees, in addition to increased insurance premiums. If you accrue 7 points in a two year period, you are subject to a $100.00 fee and another $50.00 for each additional point. Operating While Intoxicated (and several other charges) carries $1,000.00 per year for two years. Operating While Visibly Impaired, Driving with any amount of a controlled substance in your body, zero tolerance, reckless driving, driving while suspended or revoked, or driving without insurance, each carries $500.00 per year for two years. Driving without a valid license and no proof of insurance each carries $150.00 per year for two years. Obviously, you are well advised to contest every ticket. It pays in the long run.

While the foregoing issues affect your license and finances, how you handle an OWI charge can affect your employment and your freedom. The right attorney can be the difference between sleeping in your own bed, or a hard jail or prison bunk; between your wife’s cooking and disgusting jailhouse food; between your families’ loving arms and worrying about defending yourself from possible assault. This is not the time to cut corners or mix up your priorities. This is your priority. I make it my priority too!

Understand that under our law as it presently stands a blood alcohol content of ONLY .08 is the standard for operating while intoxicated. In addition, operating with the presence of a controlled substance, including marijuana, in any amount, is sufficient to lead to charges.

In addition, drivers with a blood alcohol content of .17 or above now face “super drunk driver” penalties which significantly increase potential jail time and license sanctions.

Perhaps the most important change is that a third alcohol or drug related driving charge, IN YOUR LIFETIME, is now a felony and carries MANDATORY incarceration and possible prison time.

 These laws all apply also to boats and snowmobiles.

WHERE DOES THIS LEAVE ME AS A DEFENDANT?

IT IS ABSOLUTELY IMPERATIVE THAT YOU ATTEMPT TO CONTACT AN ATTORNEY IMMEDIATELY IF YOU ARE STOPPED. IF YOU ARE VIEWING THIS WEBSITE PRIOR TO HAVING ANY SUCH ISSUE, PROGRAM OUR NUMBER INTO YOUR PHONE NOW! IT WILL USUALLY BE ANSWERED DAY OR NIGHT.

Often the squad car video of a stop may actually help the Defendant, if it fails to show the requisite poor diving basis for a stop. The Police often keep these tapes only for a limited time. It is therefore important to retain an attorney right away. If you delay, helpful evidence may be gone forever.

For more specific questions about your individual case and the possible penalties and defenses, please feel welcome to contact our office by phone or email. We look forward to helping you minimize the negative effects of this unfortunate episode in your life.

To get started solving your legal problems right away, call Mr. Barker at 248-242-1963 or email win@stevebarkerlaw.com!