No one ever wants to be arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) in Michigan. Unfortunately, it occurs all too often. If you have been charged with an OWI because you made a mistake, you should take appropriate measures to make sure the charges against you don't become a criminal conviction.
Read on to learn more about the top 4 things you should do after being arrested and charged for an OWI in Michigan.
Contact a Michigan OWI Attorney
The first thing you should do if you are ever arrested and charged for an OWI in Washtenaw County is contact an OWI attorney. An OWI attorney, such as Stacey Washington, will provide you with peace of mind while undergoing criminal prosecution for an OWI.
You should contact an attorney prior to talking to the police. Statements you make to the police may be used against you as evidence to prove guilt. A qualified OWI attorney will help prevent you from making incriminating statements against yourself, or admitting to something in which you did not do.
Contact the Secretary of State Traffic Safety Division
If you are arrested and refuse to take a chemical test to determine your blood alcohol content under the Michigan Implied Consent Law, your driver's license may be suspended, you will have to go through the Traffic Safety Division in order to avoid an automatic suspension. You will need to request a hearing within 14 days of arrest. You should do this immediately after your release from jail. You should contact a lawyer to help you through the driver's license implied consent hearing process.
Enroll in a Alcohol Rehabilitation Program
When you consult with your attorney, you should request advice about an alcohol and/or substance abuse assessment and possibly enrolling into an education and/or rehabilitation program. In some cases, the judge may agree to allow you to enroll in an alcohol rehabilitation program in lieu of serving jail time.
Do not Discuss the Case
You should never discuss your case with anyone except your attorney. You should not make any statements to family, friends, or associates. The prosecutor may compel such individuals to testify against you. Most importantly, do not discuss your case with anyone online. It is not uncommon for the prosecution to surveil and look at your online activity in search of incriminating evidence against you.
Contact Washtenaw County drunk driving attorney Stacey Washington for a case evaluation if you have been arrested and charged for an OWI.
Michigan Secretary of State Traffic Safety Division