Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense


Charges of Operating While Intoxicated are serious, and even if it's your first offense, you could face life changing penalties. Grabel & Associates has been defending clients in OWI and DUI cases, and our work in first time drunk driving cases has helped clients statewide avoid criminal penalties. If you are convicted of OWI, you could lose your right to drive, have to pay significant fines, and even face jail time, and it is crucial to work with an experienced early on in your case in order to protect your rights and freedom.

Right Violations, Tests and Other Details to Win you Case

Our OWI defense attorneys have been working in motor vehicle cases for over a decade, and can help guide you through every stage of your case. Work with a recognized DUI defense leader now to obtain a great case outcome, and fight back against aggressive police and prosecutors. Our lawyers know how rights violations, blood and breath testing, and other details of your case could help you achieve a case dismissal or court victory.

Without an attorney, you could face wrongful conviction, excessive fines, and substantial jail time that could otherwise be avoided. Act fast to secure a competent defense lawyer; the attorneys at Grabel & Associates are available 24/7 to begin working with you in your case.

Defense Lawyer for First Offense DUI in Michigan

In the state of Michigan, it is illegal to operate a vehicle while intoxicated by liquor or drugs. Vehicle operation includes operating a motor vehicle on public roads, in parking lots, or in other public areas. While the blood alcohol limit allowed in the state is 0.08% for regular driver’s licenses and 0.04% for commercial driver’s licenses, you can still be charged with intoxicated driving if police can prove your ability to operate a motor vehicle was at all impaired by alcohol. If you are under the age of 21, any blood alcohol content at all will result in OWI charges.

Illegal drug use can also result in intoxicated driving charges, as marijuana, cocaine, LSD, and other illegal narcotics can impair a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Recent changes to Michigan’s medical marijuana laws do allow for MMA patients to operate a vehicle with marijuana in their system so long as their driving is not impaired. No matter what the specific details of your case, contact Grabel & Associates to ensure you benefit from a comprehensive criminal defense strategy that will be effective in your unique case.

Criminal Penalties for 1st OWI in Michigan

If you are convicted of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, you will face both criminal punishment and administrative penalties. A first offense OWI could result in up to 93 days in jail, along with fines of up to $500. You will also have to pay driver responsibility fees, which could be at least $2000. In addition, you will have your license suspended or restricted for 6 months, and will then have to pay driver’s license reinstatement fees.

Depending on the details of your case, additional criminal penalties could apply. If you refuse a chemical test, you could face a license suspension of up to one year, and any OWI penalties will be enhanced if a child is in the vehicle. Of course, any subsequent convictions could result in longer jail sentences, license suspension, and additional fines, so it is important to do everything you can to avoid an OWI on your record.

Our team of attorneys has extensive experience in Michigan OWI cases and will work with you to create legal goals and fight for a just result. We are always available for OWI clients, so contact us as soon as you are pulled over or arrested for intoxicated driving.

Our Approach to First Time OWI Charges

The lawyers at Grabel & Associates work with first offense OWI clients to protect against harsh criminal penalties. We understand the pressure that a first offense can put on a person, and we know you want to avoid life changing penalties. Our criminal defense team will investigate every detail of your case, scrutinizing probable cause for your pullover and arrest, rights violations throughout investigation, and possible police or prosecutor mistakes throughout the criminal justice process that could help you earn a better outcome.

We are always available because we understand that OWI cases can be time sensitive. Don’t attempt to prove your innocence or take any other action without first consulting an experienced attorney. Our team has been working for over a decade in complex intoxicated driving cases, and we can help you overcome aggressive police and prosecutors who will try to put you behind bars.

Contact Scott Grabel for Motor Vehicle Crime Defense

Call Grabel & Associates now at 1-800-342-7896 and speak to an experienced case analyst about the best steps to take in your case. Alternatively, contact our firm online now and ask to set up a free consultation with trial lawyer Scott Grabel. As soon as you are arrested for intoxicated driving or charged with OWI, contact the experienced and talented team of criminal defense lawyers at Grabel & Associates.