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DUI, Drunk Driving, and Other Alcohol Crimes

 

Need a DUI lawyer in Flint or a lawyer for another alcohol-related offense? The following is a brief summary of the most common alcohol-related charges that you will be needing an aggressive criminal defense attorney to protect your rights. Call our Grand Blanc office at (810) 513-5315 for a free, confidential meeting to see how we can help defend you in Flint or Genesee County.

 

Operating While Intoxicated (OWI)/Unlawful Blood Alcohol Level (UBAL) - Anyone who operates a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances, and  as a result was unable to drive normally, or who operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher. A first-time offender can face a misdemeanor conviction, a fine of between $100 and $500, imprisonment of up to 93 days in jail, up to 360 hours of community service, license suspension for up to 180 days (one year for “super drunk” charges where the blood alcohol content is greater than .16), court costs, and alcohol testing and/or counseling at the defendant's expense.

 

Operating With Presence of Controlled Substances - Anyone who operates a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance, regardless of whether the substance has reduced or impaired their ability to drive. A first-time offender can face a misdemeanor conviction, a fine of between $100 and $500, imprisonment of up to 93 days in jail, up to 360 hours of community service, license suspension for up to 180 days, court costs, and drug testing and/or counseling at the defendant's expense.

 

Operating While Visibly Impaired - Anyone who operates a motor vehicle while visibily impaired from the use of alcohol or controlled substances. A first-time offender can face a misdemeanor conviction, a fine of up to $300, imprisonment of up to 93 days in jail, up to 360 hours of community service, license suspension for up to 90 days, court costs, and alcohol testing and/or counseling at the defendant's expense.

 

Drunk Driving Causing Death - Anyone who operates a motor vehicle while intoxicated, visibly impaired, with an unlawful blood alcohol limit or while under the influence of controlled substances, and causes the death of another person by their driving. A first-time offender can face a felony conviction, a fine of between $2,500 and $10,000, imprisonment of up to 15 years in state prison, and vehicle forfeiture or immobilization.

 

Drunk Driving Causing Serious Bodily Impairment - Anyone who operates a motor vehicle while intoxicated, visibly impaired, with an unlawful blood alcohol limit or while under the influence of controlled substances, and causes serious bodily injury to another person by their driving. A first-time offender can face a felony conviction, a fine of between $1,000 and $5,000, imprisonment of up to 5 years in state prison, and vehicle forfeiture or immobilization.

 

Minor With Blood Alcohol Content (Zero Tolerance) - Anyone under the age of 21 who operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of more than .02 but less than .08. A first-time offender can face a misdemeanor conviction, a fine of up to $250, and up to 360 hours of community service, license suspension for up to 30 days, court costs, and alcohol testing and/or counseling at the defendant's expense.

 

Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) - Anyone under the age of 21 who purchases, possesses, or consumes alcohol, or attempts to purchase, possess, or consume alcohol. For first-time offenders, a person can face a misdemeanor conviction on their record, a fine, community service, and substance abuse counseling at their own expense, which can cost thousands of dollars. We can help get this charge discharged and dismissed without a determination of guilt, helping you to maintain a clean criminal record for the future.

 

All together, DUI and alcohol charges can put you in jail or prison, cost you thousands of dollars, leave a permanent black mark on your criminal record, and cause the loss of your driving privileges. If you are facing a DUI, drunk driving or another alcohol-related charge in the Flint area, you will want an aggressive criminal lawyer to protect your name and record. If you have been charged in Flint, Grand Blanc, Genesee County, or anywhere in mid-Michigan, call our office at (810) 513-5315 to schedule a free consultation to ensure that your rights will be protected.

 

Here are some examples of what our office will do for you:

  • challenge the validity of the traffic stop that led to your DUI arrest

  • challenge the admissibility of breathalyzer results or other testing protocol

  • get a proposed sentence delayed and/or deferred following the completion of alcohol or drug treatment

  • negotiate for the reduction or elimination of driver's license suspensions

  • work with the probation office to limit or reduce the amount of drug or alcohol testing while on probation

 

You may not think that you can afford to hire a criminal defense lawyer to aggressively represent you on a DUI or alcohol-related charge, but can you afford the alternative: jail time, a criminal record, thousands of dollars in court costs, and the loss of driving privileges? Contact our Grand Blanc office at (810) 513-5315 for a free, confidential consultation and let our criminal defense firm help defend you in Flint or Genesee County.