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Answers To Your Questions About Drunk Driving Charges

The moments and days after a drunk driving arrest leave the accused with more questions than answers. At Schwartz Law Firm, we hope we can change that by providing you with answers to some of the most frequent questions we receive about DUI.

At our firm in Farmington Hills, we provide a strong defense against all types of drunk driving charges, including:

  • DWI (driving while intoxicated)
  • OWI (operating while impaired)
  • DUI (driving under the influence)
  • UBAL (unlawful blood alcohol level)
  • OUIL (operation under the influence of liquor)

Can I be charged with a felony for drunk driving?

Whether your alleged offense carries the potential for felony charges will depend on the specific circumstances of your situation. First or second offenses in Michigan are misdemeanors unless serious injury or death was caused as a result of driving under the influence.

What is Michigan’s blood alcohol content (BAC) limit?

Michigan, like most other states, has a BAC limit of .08. For minors, any amount of alcohol in their system can result in charges.

What can be done to avoid a conviction?

At Schwartz Law Firm, we examine all aspects of the stop, testing and arrest to find issues to build a case on. We review the preliminary Breathalyzer test (PBT) and subsequent blood or urine tests for accuracy, we evaluate the field sobriety test, we challenge probable cause, and we press for illegally obtained evidence to be thrown out.

Can I be charged with drunk driving on a boat?

Nothing better than a beautiful day out on the water, drink in hand, right? Wrong, according to Michigan laws. You can face drunk driving charges for operating a boat while intoxicated, including felony charges if a boating accident involving drinking leads to serious injury or death.

Do I need an attorney?

Yes, you need a criminal defense attorney if you are facing drunk driving charges. A conviction will have far-reaching consequences for you now and in the future. You are not required to have an attorney, but you have too much at stake to go it alone, including the loss of your driver’s license, jail time, fines, and increased insurance premiums.

Contact us online or call 888-757-1681 to arrange a free initial consultation with an experienced DUI defense attorney from our firm. We are located in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and serve the entire Detroit area.