Are you facing the possibility of being convicted of operating while intoxicated (OWI) for the second time in Washtenaw County? I may be able to help you get the charge(s) asserted against you reduced, dismissed, or pled down.
Unfortunately, some individuals will plead guilty to a second offense OWI without retaining legal counsel. Most individuals often feel that because they were previously convicted of an OWI in Ann Arbor, they will be found guilty a second time. Fortunately, if you have experienced counsel advocating on your behalf, you may be able to have the case dismissed or reduced to a lesser charge.
You should hire a drunk driving criminal defense attorney to help preserve your rights and defend the allegations asserted against you. Hiring an experienced DUI attorney can help you avoid stiff penalties and fines if you incur a second conviction.
Typically, in Michigan, if you are convicted of drunk driving for a second time, you face mandatory jail time of up to five days to one year, mandatory revocation of your driver’s license for a minimum of one year (minimum of five years if there was a prior revocation within seven years), and you will have to pay anywhere between $200 to $1000 in court fines plus court costs and Driver Responsibility fees of $2000. If you are still on probation for a first offense conviction, and are convicted of drinking and driving a second time, you will face even harsher penalties, fines, and sentencing.
You are also facing significant bond conditions when charged with a second or subsequent DUI offense in Washtenaw county. Judges in this county commonly order daily alcohol testing and/or an alcohol tether and drug testing as a bond or bail condition for individuals charged with second or subsequent DUI offenses. Failure to comply with these conditions could land you in jail even before you are convicted. Therefore, it is critical to have an experienced DUI attorney to counsel you.
Because Michigan drunk driving convictions can never be expunged from your criminal record, you should definitely obtain counsel to try to avoid a second conviction.
If you are struggling with alcoholism or substance abuse, I can help you find a substance abuse program tailored to your needs. Many individuals make the mistake of drinking and driving. Do not let a second mistake ruin your life. Take the time to find the legal representation you need in addition to locating a quality treatment program.
I invite you to contact me to schedule a consultation to discuss your case in more detail. I can be reached at 734-274-6567. You can also email me to speak with me directly. I provide drunk driving criminal defense representation to residents in the Ann Arbor, Washtenaw county area.