Michigan OWI Attorney J. Dallo explains defending minors charged with an OWI. If you’ve been arrested for an OWI offense in Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, or anywhere in Oakland County, Michigan, or surrounding areas, contact Dallo Law, P.C. at (248) 283-7000 to schedule a free and confidential consultation to discuss your defense.
When a minor, and in this case someone under the age of 21, is charged with any sort of drinking and driving related case, the blood alcohol level is at a .02, that’s the threshold. And of course that’s much less than the .08 for an adult. Well there’s a reason for that. Adults are allowed to consume alcoholic beverages, in the state of Michigan, at the ages of 21 and up. Whereas under 21, minors are not supposed to consume alcoholic beverages at all. So it’s a much stricter threshold. And typically, under the age of 21, these are students, these are people starting out their lives. Parents are involved, so i really like to sit down with the family, and prepare on how to proceed as a team. So that the family’s involved, the mom is involved, the dad is involved, the minor is involved and has some input. It is a different approach, and we’re prepared for that. We know how to sit with the parents, we know how to sit with the actual client, who is the minor involved, and make sure we’re fashioning things so that their future is not ruined. Most of my clients in this sort of category are folks that are planning to go to college, and they have great futures ahead of them. So we make sure that we understand the details of the case, what were the circumstances, and we really proceed and try to bring about the best outcome for the future.