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OWI/DUI Attorneys in Michigan

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Michigan law prohibits individuals from operating any motorized vehicle after consuming any intoxicating substance or intoxicating beverages. If the beverage or substance is alcoholic, the individual’s bodily alcohol content (BAC) may not be equal to or above 0.08%. These drunk driving charges are also referred to as driving while intoxicated (DWI), driving under the influence (DUI), and operating while intoxicated (OWI).

Additionally, regarding intoxicating substances, drivers may be penalized if said substance substantially and materially affects the motorist’s ability to operate the vehicle. It is of the utmost importance to retain experienced representation if you have been charged with DUI, DWI, or OWI. At The Law Offices of Barton Morris, our DUI lawyers in Michigan have over 20 years of experience defending clients charged with these crimes. As a result, we have a long track record of success as well as an in-depth understanding of Michigan criminal law. You can trust us for the strong representation you need.

Call The Law Offices of Barton Morris today at (248) 368-0038 or contact us online to learn more about how our Michigan OWI lawyers can help you.

OWI Offenses & Penalties

It is important to understand that whether or not your ability to drive is impaired, if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is above 0.08%, you will be charged with operating while intoxicated.

Although a first OWI offense is a misdemeanor, you could still be facing:

  • Up to 93 days in jail, or up to 180 if a BAC is 0.17% or greater
  • Six-month driver’s license suspension/restriction
  • Up to 360 hours of community service
  • Up to $500 in fines

Being convicted of drunk driving will also damage your ability to obtain affordable car insurance and will show up during any criminal background check, making it more difficult to obtain a job, housing, and financial assistance for education. As of now, Michigan law does not allow for driving convictions to be expunged off of your record – once there, it stays there. This is a serious matter for both future and current employment prospects.

OWI Defenses

To properly defend any drunk or drugged driving case, the alcohol testing must be carefully and exhaustively scrutinized by the Michigan drunk driving lawyer. For breath tests, the Datamaster breath test machine that was utilized must be thoroughly investigated. All calibration and simulation records must be carefully examined. The required 120-day Class IV operator maintenance reports must be requested and examined. The maintenance and service history records must be obtained from the manufacturer and examined. The breath test operator’s Datamaster training history must be requested and documented. A printout of the instrument’s calibration history must be ordered and reviewed. A full profile of the Datamaster’s operational history must be understood. Further, it must be determined if the accused had any medical diagnoses issues that could affect or invalidate the breath test. These diseases include type one and type two diabetes and gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD).

A blood alcohol test performed by the Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division must also be fully investigated. Most attorneys will take the summary test results report as fact because they do not know what records must be obtained or even how to evaluate them. There are about 1000 pages of records that exist for each test and they all must be reviewed to establish the testing accuracy and reliability. These records are obtained and professionally reviewed by an experienced attorney for every blood alcohol test case. To accept the one-page summary blood test toxicology test results as fact is done all the time by inexperienced DUI attorneys. They do not have the desire or inclination to take the time necessary to educate themselves on how to properly evaluate and challenge blood alcohol tests. Further, the blood draw procedures and protocols must also be specifically questioned and evaluated. The chain of custody of the blood sample must also be investigated. There are several avenues of question and attack in blood alcohol testing cases for an experienced and knowledgeable DUI attorney in Michigan.

Barton Morris Is the Only Forensic Lawyer Scientist in Michigan

Attorney Barton Morris is determined to work hard defending your case. He is experienced in challenging the field sobriety testing procedures as well as the procedures used during any blood draw. Oftentimes, police violate a person’s Fourth Amendment rights when they initially pull over a vehicle. Proving to the court that your Fourth Amendment rights were violated during the stop will result in the dismissal of your case.

Having conducted dozens of jury trials gives Attorney Morris the experience necessary to effectively handle all your criminal defense needs. You can trust our Michigan DUI lawyers to provide you with the effective services you need and deserve.

Call us today at (248) 368-0038 to schedule a free consultation with our drunk driving lawyers in Michigan.

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