Operating Work Vehicles While Intoxicated


When you operate a work vehicle, you are faced with extra responsibility when it comes to alcohol intoxication. If charged with operating a work vehicle while intoxicated in Michigan, not only will you potentially lose your job, you could face fines, jail time, and driver’s license suspension. Contact Grabel & Associates if you have been accused of drunk driving while operating a vehicle used for work. We will help you to understand the best legal steps to take throughout your criminal defense. Our DUI lawyers will utilize dynamic strategies to help you get back on the road and back to work as soon as possible, and we will protect your constitutional rights throughout the investigation and later stages of your case.

Michigan OWI Lawyer for Commercial Drivers

Grabel & Associates is recognized as one of Michigan’s top defense firms for Operating While Intoxicated charges. Our lawyers have been defending clients statewide for over a decade, and our innovative legal tactics have been effective in even the most difficult criminal cases. Work with an experienced attorney who understands Michigan law and has experience working with regular OWI cases, as well as commercial driver’s license DUI’s. Our comprehensive criminal defense approach will give you the best chance to avoid jail, fines, and loss of driving privileges, and the initial stages of your case could be crucial to your result. Contact us now for a free consultation and fight back against Operating While Intoxicated charges.

Criminal Penalties for DUI in Michigan

If you operate a motor vehicle on a standard driver’s license, you cannot drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) over 0.08%. Anyone who is found driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08%-0.16% will be charged with Operating While Intoxicated. If you are driving with a blood alcohol content over 0.17%, you could face additional penalties for a “Super Drunk” DUI charge.

MI Defense Attorneys for Employees Facing OWI 

If you are driving a work vehicle on a commercial driver’s license (CDL), you cannot legally operate a motor vehicle with a BAC over 0.04%. Although you may not feel intoxicated and could be under the standard legal limit, a commercial driver’s license results in added responsibility and you could face OWI conviction for drunk driving with a BAC between 0.04% and 0.07%. Contact Grabel & Associates immediately if you have been charged with any drunk driving charges while operating an employee vehicle.

Criminal Penalty for Drunk Driving in Work Truck or Car

If convicted of Operating While Intoxicated, you could face up to 93 days in jail, fines of up to $500, community service, and a suspended driver’s license. If you are driving on a commercial driver’s license, you will be automatically suspended and could face a restricted license for even a first offense. Second offense OWI charges can result in increased jail time, fines, and license revocation, while a third DUI conviction will result in a felony and significantly enhanced penalties.

Additionally, you could be held responsible for the safety of other passengers in the vehicle you were operating, or face additional fines for property damage, especially if you did not own the vehicle you were operating. Contact our attorneys to find out more about the specific legal issues affecting your unique case.

Our Approach to Michigan Work Vehicle OWI Charges

When you face a criminal charge for what seems like a small mistake, don’t make the mistake of waiting to hire a lawyer. Contacting our law firm will allow you to relieve some of the stress that a criminal investigation and trial can put on you, as our attorneys will work to protect your rights and keep you free from wrongful conviction and penalties. We know how to utilize the results from blood tests, breathalyzer tests, field sobriety tests, and other police evaluations to help you beat your charges, and can challenge the improper procedures or testing mistakes that are often prominent in OWI cases.

At Grabel & Associates, we understand that a single, uniform, DUI defense strategy will not work in every case, which is why our lawyers will continuously consult with you to ensure we are aware of every aspect of your unique case. We build our defense based on your needs and desired outcome, and will make sure you are aware of any sentencing options, plea agreements, or other options available to you. Contact our premier Michigan firm right now for a free case consultation, and look over our proven results for direct examples of our defense strategies in action.

Contact Scott Grabel for OWI at Work Charge Defense

Call our law firm at 1-800-342-7896 now for a free consultation with an experienced case analyst. Without an attorney, you could face wrongful conviction or unnecessarily harsh punishment. If you would prefer to contact us online, ask to set up a free consultation with trial attorney Scott Grabel. A no obligation case analysis can give you valuable insight into the laws and issues affecting your case and result, and our talented attorneys can begin work immediately if you need an aggressive criminal defense team to help you fight against conviction.