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Have You Been Stopped For A DUI/OWI?

Michigan has a zero-tolerance policy for drunk driving, also referred to as operating while impaired or an OWI. All drunk driving convictions will have some form of license suspension or limitation and hefty fines.

Defending yourself or accepting a plea deal may be tempting, but without an attorney by your side, you may be missing key elements for your defense.

What To Do If You Are Stopped For Drunk Driving

Here in Michigan, if stopped for an OWI, you should expect the following:

  • You will be asked to take a Breathalyzer. Refusing to take a Breathalyzer test is a violation of Michigan’s implied consent laws. Refusal leads to an automatic license suspension. You have 14 days to appeal a suspension that results from refusal.
  • You may be asked to submit to a blood draw or urine sample. In this instance, it may take some time to hear back about your test results and how that may change your case. Similar to a Breathalyzer, you may refuse to test, but it likely will not help your case and, in many cases, refusal makes your situation worse.

None of these tests are iron clad. Errors in calculation or machine use may skew the results of a test. Our lawyers know the science behind blood alcohol testing. We will use our knowledge to defend you and your rights.

States across the Midwest are increasingly strict about intoxicated driving. With all of the different state laws at play, some of our regional clients are subject to different laws. Contact our office for more information.

Is There Anyone Who Can Help Me?

Even for first time offenders, DUI/OWI consequences are steep. License suspension, possible jail time, and fines and court fees can leave you unable to work and in debt. A zealous, skillful and determined defense attorney is an essential ally at a time like this.

Alward Fischer Rice Rowe & Graf has over 100 years of combined legal experience. Our attention to detail and our familiarity with the law and science makes us highly equipped to help you with your DUI defense. Set up an appointment with one of our attorneys today. Call our offices in Traverse City at 231-668-9836 to talk about your DUI stop and opportunities for an effective defense in your case.