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Protecting You From The Consequences Of A Drunk Driving Arrest

When facing drunk driving charges in Michigan, it is important to know your options and the possible punishments you are facing.

At my law firm, the law office of Stacey M. Washington, Attorney and Counselor, I provide experienced, assertive and knowledgeable representation for clients throughout Michigan in cases involving operating while intoxicated (OWI, also known as DUI or DWI). With more than 30 years of practice experience and as a former city of Ann Arbor prosecutor, I have insight into how the prosecution approaches drunk driving cases.

I will use this experience and legal background when structuring your strategic defense after drunk driving.

Protecting Your Driver’s License And Your Future

If you are convicted on a drunk driving charge, you are likely going to face a range of consequences, including:

  • Large fines
  • Jail or prison time
  • Suspended or revoked license
  • Ignition interlock system
  • Mandatory alcohol and/or drug testing
  • Inability to purchase or own a firearm
  • Loss of your commercial driver’s license
  • The stigma of a DUI conviction on your record for the rest of your life

The collateral consequences of a drink driving conviction can be even more serious than those imposed by the court.  If you need to drive for your employment, you face job loss. Your insurance rates will likely skyrocket, and you may face problems at home.

It is important to note that the punishments for a conviction will increase with the number of OWI/DWI/DUI offenses you accumulate. Though there may be some leniency applied in a case with a first offender, this leniency is not extended to the second or subsequent offenses.

Be aware: even some first offenders are not given leniency depending on the nature of the charge.

What Happens In Sobriety Court?

Instead of the traditional consequences of jail time and fines for a drunk driver, one alternative is sobriety court. When appropriate, the court permits the individual to make a contract with the court to get help for their drinking problem. It is an intensive program for residents of Washtenaw County that requires a serious commitment and is designed to rehabilitate individuals, preventing them from becoming repeat offenders.

What Is “Heidi’s Law?”

In Michigan, drunk driving laws are becoming stricter. One law that has recently been passed is known as Heidi’s Law. This law essentially states that if you have at least two prior OWI/DUI/DWI convictions in a lifetime, subsequent DUI arrests can result in you being charged with a felony drunk driving. The aim of this law is for enhanced sentencing purposes.

Contact For Experienced DUI/DWI Defense

If you are facing drunk driving charges, contact me online or call me today at 734-274-6567. I will tailor my experienced representation to meet your specific situation and needs. I can help you regain control of your life and respond to the DUI/DWI charges that are pending against you. I will help protect your rights.