First OWI in Grand Rapids


If you are caught with a blood alcohol level over 0.08% or are otherwise determined to be operating a motor vehicle while your ability to do so safely is impaired, you could be charged with OWI. If you are involved in a drunk driving investigation, it is critical that you contact an experienced Grand Rapids DUI defense lawyer right away. The penalties you could face if convicted are very severe, and potentially life-changing, though some may be avoidable if you take action early on in the investigative process. Our DUI lawyers are available 24/7 to begin working with you to combat false allegations, rights violations, or other wrongful DUI cases in Grand Rapids and statewide.

For over a decade, our team has worked under the direction of trial lawyer Scott Grabel to effectively represent first time DUI offenders throughout every stage of the criminal justice process. We know how to use your first time offender status to your advantage, and how to help you achieve the most beneficial end result in your unique case. Our top-ranked firm is recognized as a leader in Grand Rapids OWI offense, and even when you feel like you have nowhere to turn in your case, our lawyers will be there to help guide you through the best steps to take in order to protect your rights and freedom. We know how to fight back against jail time, fines, license suspension, and other serious punishment and can help you maintain as much of your freedom as possible while fighting to ensure any freedoms taken from you are taken back as soon as they can be. Contact Grabel & Associates now for first time OWI defense in Grand Rapids, Michigan and begin working to achieve a favorable result.

Grand Rapids DUI/OWI First Offense Attorney - What is an OWI?

Operating While Intoxicated, as outlined in the Michigan Vehicle Code, is the act of operating a vehicle in any area open to the public, including a parking lot, while under the influence of alcohol. While an illegal blood alcohol content level can be used to prove a person is intoxicated, there are other ways for the prosecution to demonstrate someone’s ability to safely operate a vehicle was impaired, and it is critical to contact a lawyer even if you think you already have a strong case for your innocence.

Without a lawyer, you could be wrongfully convicted, or could face severely enhanced punishment that may otherwise be avoidable. We know what it takes to fight back against serious DUI and OWI accusations, and will do everything we can to skillfully represent you throughout every stage of your case. Contact Scott Grabel, who has been ranked as one of the top criminal defense lawyers in Michigan, or another member of our award winning team and start your fight for justice today. We are available 24/7 to help you fight to avoid drunk driving conviction.

Criminal Penalties for Grand Rapids First Offense OWI Conviction

As a first time offender, the penalties you may face will not be as harsh as those a repeat offender might face, though they are still extremely serious. If convicted of a first time Operating While Intoxicated Charge, you could be sentenced to:

  • Up to 93 days behind bars.
  • A fine of up to $500.
  • A driver’s license suspension (up to 6 months).
  • Possible ignition interlock installation.
  • Misdemeanor criminal record, and a seven year period during which your OWI remains relevant for future sentencing.

Certain circumstances could result in enhanced penalties, however, and if your alleged drunk driving led to injury or death, or if you had a child in the vehicle with you, it is critical that you contact a lawyer now as you may be facing more serious felony charges. We know how to defend in even the toughest situation and will begin working with you as soon as you contact us so that you are able to achieve the best possible case outcome.

Our Proven Approach to 1st Time Offender OWI Defense

Grand Rapids’ courts and judges never go easy on DUI offenders, though there are certain legal remedies that may be available to first time offenders that aren’t available in repeat offense cases. Our lawyers will present every possible outcome to you and let you decide what results best fit your legal needs. For over 10 years we have been successfully representing clients in misdemeanor and felony OWI cases, and our proven results demonstrate just how effective our individualized criminal defense strategies are in Grand Rapids and statewide. Speak with an attorney now so that you don’t miss out on a beneficial case result, we are dedicated to constant availability so that we are always ready when you need competent legal representation in your case.

Contact Grabel & Associates for OWI Defense in Grand Rapids

Call our law firm at 1-800-342-7896 now for a free initial case consultation, and speak with a case analyst about the specifics of your situation. You can also contact us online and speak to an attorney about possible legal remedies available to you. Act fast to secure competent representation, the early stages of an OWI case can be critical. Grabel & Associates is available 24/7 by phone or online for clients statewide.