Michigan OWI Attorney J. Dallo explains OWI (operating while intoxicated) cases, causing injury. 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.
In an OWI case, where an accident occurred, and someone was injured or killed in that case, the prosecutor has to bring forth the evidence that an accident happened. That it was my client or the defendant that they’re pointing out, and that alcohol was involved. Meaning the suspect, or the defendant in the case had consumed an amount of alcohol that limited his or her ability to drive a vehicle properly. That’s how that gets thrown in there. Without the alcohol aspect, now it’s an accident causing injury or death. When they’re able to involve the alcohol part of it, they’re tacking on that additional irresponsibility towards the client, toward the defendant. They’re pointing out that not only did they get into an accident, they got into a vehicle knowing that driving under the influence increases the chances of hurting somebody on the road. So that’s what the prosecutor is trying to put together. One of the things that I look at right away is the findings of the accident reconstruction specialist. And what the findings were there, because that can provide a lot of detail in helping me advance my case, by seeing the circumstances involved. And typically what we’ll find is, when the braking occurred, was there another vehicle involved, was there a pedestrian? What caused the accident that may have not been alcohol-related.