Drunk Driving & Other Misdemeanors

Michigan drunk driving laws are some of the toughest in the nation.  A conviction for any alcohol and drug-related driving offense has serious consequences, including jail, vehicle forfeiture, and license sanctions.  With Michigan’s tough drunk driving laws, it is important to have an equally tough drunk driving attorney to represent your interest.

Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) is operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or greater, or under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.  First offense is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail, a fine of up to $500, and 360 hours of community service.

Michigan “Super Drunk” Law is operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .17% or greater, or under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.  This is a misdemeanor offense punishable by a mandatory minimum of 93 days and up to 180 days in jail, a fine of up to $700, and enhanced license sanctions by the Secretary of State (1 year license suspension).

Suspects arrested for driving under the influence require effective and proven representation.

Misdemeanors

A misdemeanor is a classification of a criminal charge, and they generally have less severe penalties than felonies. While misdemeanors are comparatively less serious than felony crimes, a misdemeanor conviction can have long-lasting consequences in your life. A criminal conviction of any kind can affect your ability to get a job, your personal relationships, and your finances.

An experienced attorney can help you understand your rights and options for fighting the charges against you. Often a skilled attorney may be able to have the charges against you reduced or dismissed altogether. Understanding your rights, however, is critical. At the Law Office of Geoffrey Upshaw, we provide the legal counsel you need to develop the best strategy possible for your defense. Together, we will fight for your rights both in negotiations and in the courtroom. Our experienced attorney and staff are prepared to answer all your questions and provide the high-quality legal advice you need to achieve the best resolution possible in your criminal matter.

Contact Us

If you are facing misdemeanor criminal charges, you need the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney. West Michigan misdemeanor lawyer Geoffrey Upshaw has the necessary knowledge and skill to mitigate the charges against you. Contact our Grand Rapids office today to schedule a consultation with our experienced criminal defense attorney.

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