Underage DUI/OWI in Ann Arbor
Though the legal blood alcohol limit in Michigan is 0.08%, persons under the legal drinking age cannot legally drive with any detectable blood alcohol content. If you are under 21 and are facing DUI/OWI accusations in Ann Arbor, MI, contact Grabel & Associates now and fight back against conviction and the harsh penalties that could result. It is critical to begin working with an experienced defense lawyer as soon as possible, as you could face life-altering punishment including:
- Jail Time
- Driver Responsibility Fees
- A Criminal Record
- License Suspension or Revocation
For over a decade, Grabel & Associates has served the Ann Arbor area with a commitment to providing top quality criminal defense, and we know what it takes to win in even the toughest cases. We have worked with first time offenders, repeat offenders, and juvenile clients and know the judges and courts that will be involved in your Michigan DUI case. Without an attorney, you could face wrongful conviction or unnecessarily harsh punishments, which may otherwise be avoidable, and our talented team will work with you to help you understand the best available results and reach your legal goals throughout every stage of the judicial process.
No matter what the specific details of your case, our DUI defense lawyers are available 24/7 to provide you with a free initial case consultation and begin working with you to fight for a beneficial case outcome.
Zero Tolerance DUI Law in Michigan
As outlined in the Michigan Vehicle Code, it is illegal for a person who is under the legal drinking age to operate a motor vehicle after drinking alcohol. Though the legal limit is technically 0.00%, usually underage offenders can be convicted if they register a BAC over 0.02%. If your BAC is between 0.02% and 0.08%, you will be charged with a Zero Tolerance DUI, though a BAC over 0.08% can still lead to regular OWI charges and the corresponding penalties.
Exceptions to the Zero Tolerance Law
There are only three exceptions recognized by Michigan law that allow a person under 21 to consume alcohol. If the alcohol was consumed as part of a religious ceremony such as communion, a BAC under 0.08% may be allowed. If government or police-related work, an exemption required alcohol consumption could be made. In addition, alcohol consumption for school, such as a culinary college, could lead to exemptions, especially in borderline cases.
Every drunk driving case should be taken very seriously, and whatever the specifics of your situation, it is important to get in touch with a lawyer who understands underage DUI law and Michigan zero tolerance cases as soon as you can. Our firm is dedicated to 24/7 availability for anyone in Ann Arbor or anywhere else in Michigan. Contact us now to begin your fight for justice.
Criminal Penalties for a Michigan Zero Tolerance OWI Conviction
If convicted of a Zero Tolerance DUI, you could face a fine of up to $250 along with 15 days of community service. A second offense Zero Tolerance charge could lead to up to $500 in fines and as many as 60 days community service. If your BAC is over 0.08%, you could face additional penalties including jail time, fines, driver’s license suspension or revocation, and a criminal record.
Previous convictions on your record or specific details of your case could greatly affect the penalties you face, and it is important to contact a lawyer and learn as much as you can about your unique case and how to protect against criminal conviction.
Our Approach to Criminal Zero Tolerance OWI Charges
Under the direction of respected trial lawyer Scott Grabel, our Michigan team works to protect the rights of clients statewide and defend the freedom of Ann Arbor’s accused in all drunk driving related cases. We are committed to fighting wrongful conviction and excessive penalties, and our aggressive criminal defense tactics have been proven to be effective in countless past cases. Contact our team now and begin your legal battle right away. DUI investigation and arrest can be extremely critical, and hiring a lawyer early on will help you expose mistakes or rights violations made by police and prosecutors that could help you obtain a better case result.
Contact Grabel & Associates for 24/7 Under 21 DUI Defense
To speak with a lawyer now call 1-800-342-7896 or contact our firm online. We are available 24/7 to provide you with a free initial case analysis and will begin answering any questions you may have about your Ann Arbor OWI case. Work with one of the top criminal defense firms in the state and obtain a favorable case result, contact Grabel & Associates now and fight to avoid serious criminal penalties.