My name is Ryan Glanville. I handle the firm's drunk driving cases. Michigan's Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) laws are tough. You can get busted for driving after two beers.
Here are the penalties:
1st time offenders face:
- up to 93 days in jail
- a 6 month license suspension
- possible vehicle immobilization
- fines and court costs
2nd offenders face:
- up to 1 year in jail
- license revocation for at least 1 year
- mandatory vehicle immobilization
- more fines and court costs
3rd offenders face:
- a felony with up to 5 years in prison
- license revocation for a minimum of 5 years
- even more fines and costs
Alcohol content 0.17 or more – Super Drunk Driving Law
- up to 180 days in jail on first offense.
- fines and court costs of between $200 and $700.
- 45 days driver's license suspension followed by 320 days of restricted driving.
- required installation of ignition interlock device to remain throughout restricted driving period.
The best way to avoid the time, cost, and humiliation of a drunk driving conviction is not to drink and drive. If you do get arrested for drunk driving, you absolutely need an attorney. Cases can be won by exposing illegal stops and arrests by the police, or violations of alcohol testing procedures. If I can't get a case thrown out, I fight to keep my client out of jail and on the road.