Detroit Defense Attorneys Protect Motorists Charged with Impaired Driving


If you drink and drive in Michigan, you place yourself at risk not only of physical harm but of serious legal consequences. Even if you avoid an accident, you potentially face criminal penalties and a driver’s license suspension for DUI, known in Michigan as OWI or OWVI. Federal Criminal Attorneys of Michigan are ready to come to your defense and to take all action necessary to protect your rights and to lessen the penalties imposed.


Michigan recognizes two types of impaired driving offenses. You may be charged with operating while intoxicated (OWI) when:

  • You have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or greater
  • You have any illegal drugs in your system
  • You are materially impaired by any intoxicating liquor or illegal drug

You may be charged with operating while visibly impaired (OWVI) based on the observations of a police officer, even without a BAC or drug test.

Both OWI and OWVI can draw serious penalties that depend, in part, on the defendant’s number of convictions in the last seven years. A first offender must pay a fine, the amount of which varies according to the circumstances, and the court also has the option to impose jail time or community service. Fines increase for those convicted of second or third offenses. Moreover, some jail time and/or community service is mandatory upon a second conviction and increases to one to 5 years in jail and 60 to 180 days of community service upon a third conviction.

Your license may be suspended for 90 days for a first OWVI offense and 180 days for a first OWI offense or an OWI involving drugs. The suspension increases upon further conviction or if your BAC is at least 0.17 percent.

If the police accuse you of either offense, we will try to suppress the evidence against you if there is any basis for doing so and, if necessary, will defend you zealously at trial. Even if the evidence is incontestable, we may be able to plea bargain down the charges or argue for a lower sentence. If your license is suspended, we will try to get you a restricted license so that you may resume driving.

Contact an accomplished traffic offense defense attorney in Michigan

If you are charged with either OWI or OWVI, regardless of the circumstances, Federal Criminal Attorneys of Michigan are ready to help. Our main office is located in the Guardian Building in downtown Detroit, nearby the Wayne County Circuit Court and the Wayne County Jail. Call us at 313-329-5847 or contact us online for a free consultation.