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DUI, DWI, DRUNK DRIVING

If you are faced with a DUI charge, call the DUI Defense Attorneys at Krupp Law Offices PC. We can explain your rights and represent you in this life charging event.

The prosecutor must prove certain elements to establish a DUI charge. Those elements are as follows:

First, that the defendant was operating a motor vehicle. Operating means driving or having actual physical control of the vehicle.

Second, that the defendant was operating a vehicle on a highway or other place open to the public or generally accessible to motor vehicles.

Third, that the defendant was operating the vehicle in the county you are charged

Fourth, the Defendant was intoxicated. To prove that the defendant operated a motor vehicle while intoxicated, the prosecutor must also prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was [either] under the influence of alcohol1 while operating the vehicle [or that the defendant operated the vehicle with a bodily alcohol level of 0.08 grams or more per 100 milliliters of blood / 210 liters of breath / 67 milliliters of urine] .2

“Under the influence of alcohol” means that because of (2) drinking alcohol, the defendant’s ability to operate a motor vehicle in a normal manner was substantially lessened. To be under the influence, a person does not have to be what is called “dead drunk,” that is, falling down or hardly able to stand up. On the other hand, just because a person has drunk alcohol or smells of alcohol does not prove, by itself, that the person is under the influence of alcohol. The test is whether, because of drinking alcohol, the defendant’s mental or physical condition was significantly affected and the defendant was no longer able to operate a vehicle in a normal manner.

If you are convicted of DUI, the sanctions are as follows:

FIRST OFFENSE:

Operating While Intoxicated (OWI)

$100 to $500 fine and one or more of the following:
Up to 93 days in jail.
Up to 360 hours of community service.
Driver license suspension for 30 days, followed by restrictions for 150 days.
Possible vehicle immobilization.
Possible ignition interlock.
Six points added to driver record.
$1,000 Driver Responsibility Fee for two consecutive years for OWI.
$500 Driver Responsibility Fee for two consecutive years for OWPD.

Operating While Visibly Impaired (OWVI)

Up to $300 fine and one or more of the following:
Up to 93 days in jail.
Up to 360 hours of community service.
Driver license restriction for 90 days (180 days if impaired by controlled substance).
Possible vehicle immobilization.
Four points on driver record.
$500 Driver Responsibility Fee for two consecutive years.

When you need a Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Attorney, remember to call Krupp Law Offices PC for fast honest advice about your criminal problems and get honest advice about your options. Krupp Law Offices represents clients in cases throughout West Michigan, including the cities of Grand Rapids, Big Rapids, Ionia, Grand Haven, Stanton, Greenville, Wayland, Allegan, Holland, Newaygo, White Cloud, Fremont, Coopersville, Hastings, Middleville, Wyoming, and Rockford, including Kent County, Ottawa County, Newaygo County, Ionia County, Mecosta County, Barry County, Montcalm County, and Allegan County, Michigan.

Call for a free phone consultation. Our office can help.

KRUPP LAW OFFICES PC
161 Ottawa NW Suite 201
Grand Rapids MI 49503
616-459-6636

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