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Your Legal Advocate In OWI Injury And Death Cases

Drunk driving and drug-impaired driving are crimes in their own right, even when they do not involve a crash or harm to others. Operating while impaired (OWI) charges carry significant penalties and sentencing guidelines, depending on the details of the case.

But when OWI results in serious injury or death to another person, the stakes are far higher than they would have been otherwise. If you are facing any of the charges mentioned above, do not hesitate to contact me, attorney Stacey M. Washington, for experienced criminal defense and legal guidance.

Drunk Driving And Vehicular Assault

Michigan roads see injurious and fatal car crashes every day. In most cases, these are not considered crimes (but may result in civil lawsuits). When drugs or alcohol are involved, however, crashes are criminally charged.

Drivers can be charged with vehicular assault if they cause “serious bodily injury” to another person while driving drunk per se (having a blood-alcohol concentration at or above 0.08 percent) or when driving impaired by alcohol or drugs. If convicted, the driver faces up to five years in prison and a fine of between $1,000 and $5,000.

Drunk Driving And Vehicular Homicide

If a driver kills someone in a crash while driving drunk per se or driving impaired, he will be charged with vehicular homicide, which is a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine of between $2,500 and $10,000.

The difference between vehicular assault and vehicular homicide is simply the degree of damage done (serious bodily injury vs. death).

Certain factors can also result in sentence enhancements. They include:

  • Up to 20 years in prison (rather than 15) if your OWI results in the death of an emergency responder
  • An additional five years in prison (on top of the maximum allowable sentence) if you cause serious injury or death and have a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.17 percent or higher.

Entrust Your Case To An Experienced Defense Lawyer

I am a former Michigan prosecutor with more than 30 years of experience. I understand how the state builds OWI cases, and I now put that knowledge and experience to work defending clients against the most serious criminal charges.

Located in Ann Arbor, Stacey M. Washington, Attorney and Counselor, serves clients in Washtenaw County and surrounding communities. To schedule your free initial consultation, call me at 734-274-6567 or send me an email.