Though most Operating While Intoxicated charges can lead to a misdemeanor conviction, certain case details can lead to more serious felony DUI charges. If you are a repeat offender, you are at risk to face felony charges and should contact an attorney as soon as possible. Even some first offender cases can lead to felony conviction if extenuating circumstances exist. No matter what the specifics of your case, it is essential that you speak with an experienced Grand Rapids DUI lawyer now. We are available 24/7 to provide you with a free case consultation and will give you quality guidance throughout every stage of your felony OWI case.
Grabel & Associates is recognized as a leader in misdemeanor and felony criminal defense, and we have been representing clients in drunk driving cases for years. Since our firm was established 10 years ago, we have appeared before numerous Grand Rapids judges and in nearly every area court, and we have the first-hand experience needed to know what results are possible in your case, and to help you obtain the best available result.
In the state of Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) over 0.08%. If you are convicted of driving while under the influence of alcohol, you could face jail time, fines, license suspension and more along with a misdemeanor criminal record. If you already have two prior convictions on record, however, you could face felony DUI charges.
Other circumstances that can lead to a felony drunk driving charge include causing property damage while driving under the influence, causing injury or death while driving drunk, or committing a drunk driving offense while there is a child in the vehicle.
While anyone charged with Operating While Intoxicated or any other drunk driving related charge should get in touch with a Grand Rapids law firm right away, it is especially important in felony cases. Sometimes, it can be possible to negotiate a lesser charge, or even have a case dismissed, and the more time you give an attorney to investigate the details of your case, the better the results that will be available to you.
Section 257.625 of the Vehicle Code presents the potential penalties for a felony drunk driving conviction in Grand Rapids. You could face up to 5 years in prison for a repeat offender DUI, along with a fine, driver’s license revocation, community service, vehicle immobilization or seizure, and ignition interlock installation.
If you are convicted of another felony, such as drunk driving causing bodily impairment or death, you could face up to 15 years in prison and other additional penalties. The specific sentence you could face is governed by Michigan’s Sentencing Guidelines, though is greatly dependent on the specifics of your case. Contact a lawyer now to find out more about how your unique drunk driving case should be handled.
At Grabel & Associates, we have been dedicated to providing top quality defense for over 10 years, and have learned the importance of individually evaluating each case and designing a unique defense approach for every situation. Without an attorney, you could be wrongfully convicted or sentenced to otherwise avoidable penalties, and working with the best possible attorney will allow you to do as much as possible to fight back against a life-changing felony record and harsh punishment.
Our skill in Grand Rapids drunk driving defense has been proven in countless past cases, and our proven results demonstrate why we are regarded as one of the top firms for DUI defense in Michigan. Trial attorney Scott Grabel is nationally ranked as one of the best criminal defense lawyers in Michigan, and knows how to achieve exceptional results in DUI/OWI cases. Read our client testimonials and see just how satisfied past clients have been with the investment they have made in a talented attorney. No matter what the specifics of your case, our lawyers will help you develop a strategic approach for pre-file, investigation, trial, and even post-conviction.
For a free case consultation, contact our firm online or call 1-800-342-7896. We are available 24/7 to take your call and will provide top-quality defense throughout every stage of your case.