Oakland County DUI Defense
You may think a drunk driving arrest will never happen to you. However, DUIs occur all the time to people from all walks of life. One minute you’re enjoying a few glasses of wine with dinner and the next you’re behind bars. When this happens, it’s natural to worry about the penalties you may face and the effect a drunk driving charge can have on your future. That’s why it’s important to hire an experienced, highly-skilled DUI defense attorney to protect your rights.
I’m Attorney Jalal J. Dallo and I provide tough representation to people facing DUI charges throughout Oakland County. I’ve handled all manner of drunk driving cases, which means I can determine what legal approach will result in the best outcome for your situation. I understand how embarrassing a DUI arrest can be. That’s why I’ll fight hard to get your punishment reduced so you can get on with your life.
DUI Laws in the State of Michigan
In Michigan, the crime of driving under the influence is also referred to as “Operating While Intoxicated” (OWI). It’s important to understand that a DUI and OWI are the same thing. In addition, this charge doesn’t only pertain to alcohol intoxication. A DUI can result if you’re under the influence of drugs as well. There are three primary violations a police officer will look for when they pull over a driver. These include:
- A Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher.
- Physical impairment due to either alcohol, drugs, or an intoxicating substance.
- An extremely high BAC of 0.17% or higher, which can lead to you being charged with a “super drunk” offense.
Like many other states, Michigan has an Implied Consent Law with regard to DUI arrests. This means that simply by driving a vehicle, you give your consent to having your blood tested after you’re taken into custody. Refusing to take the test could result in license suspension for an entire year. I understand police often make procedural mistakes during the arrest and that sometimes people reasonably refuse to submit to a chemical test. In these cases, I’ll do everything I can to have the case dismissed or challenge the Implied Consent Law.
Penalties Related to DUI Charges
A DUI charged shouldn’t be taken lightly. This crime carries strict penalties which can negatively impact your life in a number of ways. In addition to fines, you could also face possible jail time, community service, license revocation, and the use of an interlock device. You’ll also have to deal with the hurdles that come with having a DUI on your record. If you’re arrested for multiple DUIs, the penalties increase each time.
A First-Time DUI Offense
A first-time offense carries with it a fine of up to $300 and a maximum of 93 days in jail. You may also incur court costs. In addition, you may be sentenced to 360 hours of community service and undergo license restriction for 90 days. This means you can only drive to and from work, school, or probation appointments.
A Second DUI Offense
If you have a previous DUI conviction within seven years of another arrest, the penalties increase significantly. A second DUI conviction carries with it a fine of up to $1,000 and up to one year in jail. A minimum jail time of five days is mandatory. You’ll also have to pay court costs. Finally, your driver’s license will be revoked for one year. After the year is up, you’ll have to submit a petition to have it reinstated.
A Third DUI Offense
If you’re arrested for a third-time DUI offense, you’re facing serious penalties. In fact, this is a felony charge. If convicted, you could potentially face one to five years in prison or five years of probation. This offense carries a maximum fine of $5,000 along with court costs. You may have your license revoked for anywhere from one to five years. Your vehicle could also be immobilized for up to three years.
A Super Drunk Offense
Michigan’s “super drunk” law was passed in 2010 and imposes strict punishments on individuals arrested with a BAC of 0.17% or higher. A conviction can lead to jail time of up to 180 days and a maximum of 360 hours of community service. In addition, you’ll face a fine of up to $700 along with courts costs.
Contact Michigan DUI Defense Attorney Today
When you hire me after a DUI arrest, I’ll make it point to aggressively fight for the lightest sentence possible or to have your case dismissed entirely. If this means taking your case to trial, I won’t hesitate like many other attorneys do. You can rely on my years of experience and criminal defense expertise to help you get the most desirable outcome in your case. Contact Attorney Dallo in Sterling Heights at (248) 283-7000 to set up a consultation.