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Michigan’s impaired driving laws

On Behalf of | Nov 4, 2019 | DUI/OWI

Whether you have had one drink or several, if Michigan law enforcement pulls you over, it could have serious consequences. At Gormley Law Offices, PLC, our experience investigating drunk driving charges often helps us identify the appropriate defense strategy to present in court. 

According to The Office of Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, there are several possible impaired driving charges that you may face, depending on your blood alcohol content or the presence of other substances in your system and other factors: 

  • Operating while visibly impaired 
  • Operating while intoxicated 
  • High BAC 
  • Zero Tolerance 

If your BAC is below the legal limit of 0.08%, but the officer can demonstrate that alcohol impaired your ability to operate your vehicle, you may face an OWVI charge, while a BAC of 0.08% or higher may result in an OWI charge. A High BAC charge involves driving with a BAC of 0.17% or above. Zero Tolerance refers to drivers under the age of 21; they may face charges if they have a BAC of 0.02% or higher, or any BAC unless the alcohol was consumed as a part of a religious ceremony that is generally recognized. 

You could face charges for operating with the presence of drugs if you have any amount of a Schedule 1 substance in your system. The presence of even a trace amount of cocaine in your body as discovered in a chemical test could also result in an OWPD charge. 

For more information about impaired driving charges, including repeat offenses and driver’s license revocation and reinstatement, please visit our webpage.