DUI, Drunk Driving Offenses

Grand Rapids DUI / Alcohol Offense Lawyer

With highly-publicized national campaigns warning against the dangers of drunk driving, law enforcement officers have turned to aggressively pursuing and prosecuting those suspected of committing a variety of alcohol-related offenses. Unfortunately, this zeal often results in wrongful arrests, mishandled cases, and a variety of other problems and mistakes that can put an accused individual’s rights and freedoms in jeopardy. One unique feature of many drunk drivers is that they are not typically involved with the criminal justice system otherwise. Often, the drunk driving offense is the only criminal charge they will face in their lifetime.

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Because of the way that alcohol-related crimes are treated in the state of Michigan, the consequences of a conviction can have far-reaching effects on an individual’s life, affecting employment opportunities, residency, finances, and a person’s most basic rights and freedoms. We understand the full effects that an alcohol-related conviction in Michigan could have on your life. Ryan Maesen is one of the most respected Grand Rapids Drunk Driving lawyers in the state, and he knows what it takes to mount a strong, effective defense against the charges you are facing.

Alcohol-Related Offenses

There are a wide range of alcohol-related charges that individuals can face, all of which carry potentially devastating consequences if an individual is convicted. Make sure you have the representation necessary to protecting yourself and your future when facing the following alcohol offenses:

  • Operating While Intoxicated (OWI)
  • Child Endangerment
  • OWI 2nd
  • Operating While Intoxicated involving injury or death
  • Felony Operating While Intoxicated.

Operating While Intoxicated

Your basic drunk driving offense. In Michigan you are driving drunk as a matter of law if you blood alcohol level is about .08. You are “super drunk” if your blood alcohol is about .17 (High BAC). If you’re blood alcohol level is between .06-.07, you may be operating while visibly impaired. Unlike an Operating While Intoxicated or a High BAC, the prosecutor needs to show that the alcohol actually impaired your ability operate a motor vehicle safely. Prosecutors rarely charge an operating while visibly impaired; rather it is usually offered as a plea bargain to reduce an Operating While Intoxicated.

Child Endangerment

Child endangerment is when a person is driving drunk and a person under 16 is in the car. Typically, this is charged instead of a drunk driving. The elements of each offense overlap and prosecutors like child endangerment because it carries mandatory jail, much like an Operating While Intoxicated 2nd. Child endangerment carries the following penalties: up to one year in jail with 5 days being mandatory, community service, a fine of up to $1,000 and possible vehicle forfeiture. The biggest thing many people don’t understand is that if you have a prior drunk driving offense in the previous 7 years, a child endangerment charge can be enhanced to a five year felony.

Whether it is for a first or repeat offense, if you have been arrested and charged with an alcohol-related crime, you need an experienced Drunk Driving lawyer in your corner fighting for you.

Protecting Your License

When a person is arrested for an alcohol-related driving offense in the state of Michigan, they frequently risk losing their license. Unfortunately, being unable to legally drive can have serious effects on your life, including making it difficult, if not impossible, to get to and from work. Fortunately, there are ways you can protect your license or retain the right to drive legally, including:

  • Driver’s License Hearings
  • Administrative License Revocation (ALR)
  • Occupational Driver’s Licenses

While there are things that can be done to protect your license, you only have a limited amount of time to take action, making it critical to get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible.

If you have been charged with an assault and battery offense, or you know someone that has, please call us today. Experienced Grand Rapids criminal defense lawyer, Ryan Maesen, can provide you with the level of experience you deserve when facing your case.

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I also have assisted clients accused of Financial and White Collar crimes in Federal Court. I have helped hundreds of individuals across West Michigan and I can help you to during this challenging period of your life. I am not someone who takes your money, tells you to take the first plea offer (often one you could have gotten without an attorney) and then walks away. I take pride in actually “working a case.”

Some of my higher profile cases have been covered by the local media. Please see the In the News page for details.

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