Michigan OWI Attorney J. Dallo explains the charge of Operating a Vehicle While Visibly Impaired (OWVI). If you’ve been arrested for an OWVI 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.
The difference between OWI, which is operating while intoxicated, and OWVI which is operating while visibly impaired, is the degree of penalty. Typically in an OWI, it usually means that there is reason to believe there was a substance involved that affected the driver. OWVI it’s not necessarily that it was a substance it’s any sort of general meaning that the driver somehow was impaired, and it was obvious through observation by the officer.