You should always speak to an attorney when you have been charged with a crime. Even if you know you are guilty and want to come clean, that is not always the best decision. There are things that an attorney will know that are not necessarily obvious to the general public. A first offense OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) is a misdemeanor charge that carries possible penalties of up to 93 days in jail, up to 360 hours of community service, and a $100 – $500 fine. However, these penalties or the charge could vary depending on your BAC (Blood Alcohol Content), previous criminal history, or other aggravating factors. There are also licensing sanctions from the Secretary of State that vary depending on many different circumstances. It is important to know what you will face if you plead guilty or are found guilty of a drinking and driving offense. There are also certain defenses or breaks available in limited circumstances.
It is important that you speak to an experienced attorney to minimize the amount of damage your conviction will do in your life. If you are charged with a crime, I can help. Give me a call at (517) 548-7400. If you have questions about license restoration, criminal law or civil litigation, call Bill at (517) 548-7400 or email him at [email protected].
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their businesses. Email us at [email protected], or call (517) 548-7400. The information in this column is not intended as legal advice.