Michigan DUI / DWI Laws


In the state of Michigan it is illegal to operate a vehicle while impaired, and an illegal blood alcohol content during operation of a motor vehicle could lead to a drunk driving conviction. You need a skilled Michigan DUI lawyer to help you fight DUI and DWI charges, and Grabel & Associates can provide you with an aggressive, effective defense approach for your unique criminal case. Drinking and driving is dangerous, and police and prosecutors will work to put anyone accused of driving while intoxicated behind bars. Our attorneys work to protect clients from wrongful conviction and fight for justice in Michigan DUI cases. Contact our top-notch Michigan criminal defense firm immediately and begin working towards a great case result.

Michigan DUI Defense Attorney

Charges for drunk driving include DUI, OWI, DWI, OUIL, and many others, all carrying harsh potential punishments for those accused of wrongdoing. When you are pulled over for drunk driving, it is crucial that you contact an attorney as soon as you can. Police and prosecutors will try to get you to say exactly what they need to hear, and you should be aware of your constitutional rights and the proper procedures that police must follow in order to protect yourself from unwarranted allegations. Our DUI defense team can help you understand your legal rights and guide you through the best actions in any stage of your case.

Michigan Drunk Driving Charge

There are multiple ways for police to determine you were driving while intoxicated, but for any charge officers must first find probable cause to believe you were driving under the influence of alcohol. You must be stopped for a legitimate reason, such as running a stop sign or traffic light, and police must follow proper procedure throughout the roadside stop and arrest. Probable cause is often determined by a roadside breath or blood test, which measure blood alcohol content. Driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or above is considered drunk driving, and a high BAC of over 0.17 can bring about “super drunk” charges and additional criminal penalties. You can also be charged with OWI in Michigan if it is determined that your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely was substantially affected by alcohol. If you are facing a DUI or OWI charge, it is vital that you retain the counsel of a talented DUI lawyer who can help you throughout your case.

Penalties for DUI and DWI in Michigan

It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content over 0.08, and according to the Michigan Vehicle Code (257.625), offenders could be sentenced to 93 days in jail, 6 months license suspension, 6 driver’s license points, fines of up to $500, and potential driver responsibility fees. Other punishments including community service, vehicle immobilization, and ignition interlock devices are also possible. A second drunk driving conviction within 7 years can result in extended jail time, amplified fines, and longer driver’s license suspension. If you are convicted of a third DUI offense, you could face felony drunk driving charges.

If you are under the age of 21, you are not allowed to drive with a BAC over 0.02. Violating this law will result in DUI charges and the associated penalties. If you are driving on a commercial license, you cannot operate a vehicle with a BAC over 0.04. Drunk driving on a commercial license could result in loss of driving privileges and could significantly harm your quality of life, so contact a lawyer immediately for CDL drunk driving defense.

What Do Prosecutors Need to Convict You of DUI in Michigan?

Prosecutors are faced with a heavy burden of proof in drunk driving cases, and our attorneys know how to protect you from the aggressive investigative tactics of prosecuting attorneys. It must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that you were operating a motor vehicle while your blood alcohol content was over 0.08. Our DUI defense lawyers will do everything necessary to help you avoid drunk driving charges in Michigan. Field sobriety tests are notoriously inaccurate, and blood and breath test evidence can be challenged due to faulty calibration of instruments or procedural mistakes. We work to prevent criminal penalty and suspended driver’s license of commercial driver’s licenses for our clients, aiding in restoring driving privileges and protecting individuals’ abilities to support a family.

We protect Michigan clients accused of all criminal drunk driving offenses, including:

Our Approach to Beating DUI, DWI, OWI, and OUIL Charges in Michigan

If you want to beat DUI charges, you need an attorney who understands that your unique case needs an individualized criminal defense strategy. We always investigate every detail of any case we take and uncover any police or prosecutor mistakes or case weaknesses that could help you earn a case dismissal or court victory. Without the help of a premier DUI defense attorney, you could face jail time, fines, and loss of driving privileges.

We don’t just apply the same legal tactics to every DUI case we take, instead our attorneys continuously consult with DUI clients and determine the best steps to take in every stage of a criminal case. We utilize the most dynamic and innovative legal strategies in order to creatively and effectively achieve the results you want. Our lawyers combine for over 100 years of legal experience, and have worked on thousands of criminal cases over the past decade. Under the direction of supervising attorney Scott Grabel, our DUI defense team will aggressively fight to earn you a great case result.

Contact Grabel & Associates for Michigan’s Best DUI Defense

We are recognized as a premier Michigan criminal defense firm and have proven our skill in countless DUI cases in courthouses statewide. Call 1-800-342-7896 right now to speak with a case analyst for free and learn more about how our effective strategies can give you an edge in your case. You can also contact us online and set up a free consultation with founding attorney Scott Grabel. Act fast to defend yourself against DUI conviction. The results of a drunk driving conviction in Michigan could be devastating and the sooner our attorneys can begin fighting for your freedom, the better your chances of earning a case dismissal or reduced charges. Contact us immediately for a free consultation and learn more about Grabel & Associates’ effective criminal defense approach. We are available 24/7 to begin working on your case.