Alcohol Related Offenses

Alcohol-related accidents and deaths continue to be a serious problem at the local, state, and national level. The law in Michigan is quick to impose harsh consequences for a person who is charged with an alcohol-related offense. Conviction of an alcohol-related offense can carry with it fines, license revocation or suspension, community service, obligatory alcohol treatment or support group, points accrued on your license, and car immobilization. The level of the punishment is determined by the blood alcohol level and whether or not there were third party injuries or deaths involved. Categorization for a first offense can range from a misdemeanor to a felony conviction and can include 93 days in jail and a $500 fine to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

In Michigan, there are distinct categories of alcohol-related offenses, including:

  1. Operating While Intoxicated (OWI);
  2. Operating While Intoxicated BAC of .17 or More (OWI);
  3. Operating While Impaired (OWI);
  4. Operating With Presence Of Drugs;
  5. Zero Tolerance; and
  6. Child endangerment.

An alcohol-related conviction can have a significant impact on your freedom, your employment, and your future. There is too much at stake for you to attempt to navigate the system alone. If you are facing alcohol-related charges, ensure that your interests are being represented by qualified legal counsel. Attorney Chatterton has over 20 years of experience representing individuals in the State of Michigan who are charged with alcohol-related offenses. His knowledge and expertise will ensure the best possible result in your case. Contact our office to speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney today.

Operating While Impaired

The state of Michigan has consistently increased penalties on driving while under the influence of alcohol or other substance throughout the years. It is important that if you find yourself charged with Operating While Impaired [OWI] you have an expe… Read More