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Drunk Driving in Michigan
Drunk Driving in Michigan
As of January 2003, the legal limit for intoxication in the state of Michigan is .08% BAC
Michigan law (MCL 257.625) defines Operating while Intoxicated (OWI holds the same meaning of DWI, DUI, ) and Operating while Visibly Impaired (OWVI) Both of these definitions refer to driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. One important thing to note as this statute does not differentiate between prescription and non-prescription drugs.
Operating While Intoxicated OWI: (“Drunk Driving”)


On your first OWI offense, you will face lesser punishments than that of repeat offenders. Yet, the sentence will still be stiff and may surprise you. More importantly how your lawyer handles this offense will have significant reprecussions in the unfortunate event you are arrested on a second or subsequent offense.
In 2006, the Michigan Legislature enacted “Heidi’s Law, which eliminated the time limit for someone to be convicted of a third offense. Under this law, anyone with two prior convictions for Operating While Intoxicated or Operating While Impaired can be charged with a 3rd Offense regardless of when the preceding offenses happened. That means someone can get charged with an OWI 3rd even though their second conviction was twenty, thirty or forty years prior. A third Offense OWI in Michigan is a felony.
     

If you have recently received a ticket, been arrested for OWI, DWLS, MIP, call for a consultation. Remember driving is an important privilege which you cannot afford to lose our office works agressively to protect your rights under the legal system.