If you’re facing DUI charges, do not lose hope – an experienced Rankin DUI defense attorney can work to help you get a fair outcome. They can challenge the constitutionality of your charges and the evidence that supports them in order to get them dismissed. If that’s not an option, they can at least argue the facts in your favor that warrant a just result, rather than the harsh penalties the prosecution will seek.
If you’ve been charged with DUI in Rankin, the DUI attorneys at Nickola Law can help. Contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case and learn about your options.
Like every other state, it is against the law in the state of Michigan to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher. However, you can actually be charged with drunk driving under Michigan law even if you are under the legal BAC limit. Michigan law provides for two separate drunk driving offenses:
Of course, you can also be charged with drunk driving if you are under the influence of either illicit or prescription drugs.
The potential consequences of a conviction will vary according to the specific circumstances of your case and whether you have prior convictions. Generally speaking, the penalties for OWVI are identical to the penalties for OWI.
If you are convicted of OWI or OWVI, you face enhanced penalties if you had someone in the car who was under the age of 16 when you were stopped:
Under Michigan law, the court has the power to order that your car be immobilized and even sold if you are convicted of DUI. Immobilization and forfeiture are optional for the first offense but are required for subsequent offenses. If the judge doesn’t order that your vehicle be sold, they could impose the following immobilizations:
If convicted of DUI in Rankin, you will likely face at least having your driving privileges restricted. Again, the consequences will be determined by the facts in your case and your criminal record. Your license could be suspended for up to 180 days, but when you are eligible for a restricted license will also vary.
If you are facing impaired driving charges, the DUI lawyers at Nickola Law can develop the strongest possible defense. We know the Rankin prosecutors and judges and how the system works. We can help you navigate the system and fight for your rights. If you’d like a free consultation, contact us for an appointment with one of our DUI lawyers today.
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