OWI of Drugs or Marijuana
Defended against By Our Michigan OWI Lawyers
Operating Under the Influence of Drugs or Marijuana (OUI or DUI) or Operating With Any Presence of a Drug (OWPD) is a serious charge requiring the experience of an experienced criminal defense attorney. In fact, operating while under the influence of drugs and marijuana is on the rise according to reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If you are faced with an OUI or DUI/OWPD charge in Michigan, you’ll need an attorney who is skilled at defending such cases.
About Proving & Defending Your OUI or DUI/OWPD Charge
Michigan’s laws are some of the toughest on drugs and make operating a vehicle with any amount of a controlled substance in your body illegal. More alarming is that the Michigan Supreme Court has decided that THC, a derivative of marijuana, is also a controlled substance and operating a vehicle with THC in your system violates Michigan law. Concentrated THC is used to make hash oil, earwax, and many edible items. This is particularly important because THC can remain in your system for 30 days or more. So, simply being impaired isn’t the requirement for a conviction – having a controlled substance in your system is!
Michigan has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to operating while under the influence of drugs. In order to be convicted of OUI or DUI/OWPD, the prosecutor must prove that the drug in your system impaired your driving if the drug was a prescription drug. However, if the drug was an illegal controlled substance, such as cocaine or marijuana, the prosecution does not need to prove that your driving was impaired — only that it was in your system at the time of the arrest.
Showing that your actual driving impairment is directly caused by the drug in your system is not an easy task. There are several other factors, such as medical illness, emergency, or intervening circumstances that can cause your driving to be impaired.
It is important to have an experienced attorney who will investigate and develop the factual support necessary for your defense. Attorney Barton W. Morris, Jr. will evaluate every detail of your case to ensure that evidence against you was gathered appropriately and in compliance with your Fourth Amendment rights against unlawful searches and seizures, which is a common violation police officers make. If our lawyers can show that the police violated your rights, the evidence obtained must be suppressed and therefore the charges will be dropped. No evidence = not guilty. A key area of defense is to attack and attack aggressively.
Penalties for OUI, DUI or OWPD
If this is your first OUI, DUI, or OWPD case, you could face a brief period of jail time, community service, license suspension and fines up to $500. If this is your second or subsequent case, the penalties are significantly more serious and will include greatly increased jail time, hefty fines, and the installation of an ignition interlock device on your car – this device alone carries substantial costs to operate, use, and maintain.
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