A first offense OWI means that a person is accused of driving a car with a bodily alcohol content of .08 or higher. The BAC is measured through breath or blood. It can also mean that the driving was materially and substantially effected by the alcohol consumed. The way to get the best result for this charge is through proper analysis of the facts and science. The chemical test is usually the strongest evidence for the prosecution. Therefore the chemical test and the manner it was administered must be carefully investigated. Only a DUI specialist trained in the science of blood and breath alcohol testing can effectively challenge a chemical test.
Possible penalties include:
• A $100 to $500 fine and one or more of the following:
– Up to 93 days in jail.
– Up to 360 hours of community service.
• Driver’s license suspension for 30 days, followed by license restrictions for 150 days.
• Possible vehicle immobilization.
• Possible ignition interlock.
• Six points added to driving record.
• A driver responsibility fee of $1,000 per year for 2 consecutive years
Practically, a drunk driving conviction will stay on a person’s record for the rest of their life. There is absolutely no possibility of expungement or setting aside the conviction under any circumstances or any expiration of time. For some, this consequence is unacceptable. Further, there is no prosecutor or city attorney automatically willing to offer a plea bargain to any offense that is not driving and alcohol related. The truth is, most criminal defense attorneys will take your case expecting to plea it to a lessor DUI charge. That is all they know how to do. Many lawyers may call themselves specialists but they specialize in guilty pleas. If you or a loved one have been charged with drunk driving and you don’t want a drunk driving conviction on your record for the rest of your life you must hire a drunk driving specialist who will effectively fight the case and earn a desired result. The Law Office of Barton Morris has the experience and DUI education necessary to get great results. You have to fight for great results – filing motions, challenging evidence, utilizing experts and winning jury trials. That is how the Law Office of Barton Morris litigates a case and that is how great, non DUI results are obtained. There is no other way. Great results must be earned – they do not come because someone “knows the judge” or is “friends with the prosecutor”. If you hear these often used phrases, keep looking for an attorney until you find one who gets results with hard work and specialized training like Attorney Barton Morris. EVERY DUI CASE CAN BE WON – EFFECTIVE DEFENSES EXIST IN EVERY CASE ONLY IF YOU HAVE THE RIGHT LAWYER. ALL PEOPLE WHO PLEA GUILTY TO DUI WILL BE GUILTY OF DUI – ONLY DEFENDANTS WHO FIGHT THEIR CASE CAN WIN.
If you have been charged with a drunk driving in the Oakland, Wayne or Macomb County communities of Royal Oak, Bloomfield Hills, Detroit, Warren, Troy or any surrounding area and want the best defense, call Michigan Criminal Attorney Barton Morris at (248) 541-2600. Recently voted Top Attorney in Metro Detroit for 2012 and 2013 in DUI Defense.