In Michigan, a charge for Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) can also be referred to as a charge for Driving Under the Influence (DUI). It is a charge for those are found with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level of .08 or higher. There are, however other types of charges that can be faced for those who are found with drugs or alcohol in their system.
A charge for Operating While Visibly Impaired (OWVI) involves getting behind the wheel when you are "visibly" unable to do so because of the existence of drugs or alcohol in your system. While your BAC level may not be at the legal limit of .08 percent, the arresting officer has made the judgment that you appear unable to drive safely.
An OWPD includes operating a vehicle with any trace of a Schedule 1 drug in your system. Having a schedule 1 drug or cocaine present in your system is always illegal in the state and you can be arrested for any amount, even if you do not appear to be impaired. For those that are under the age of 21, a charge can be given for Any Bodily Alcohol Content when a BAC level is between .02 and .07. Since a driver under 21 does not have the legal right to be drinking, they do not need to be at .08 or above to face penalties.
A chemical test or Field Sobriety Test may be conducted in order to further establish if you were driving with drugs or alcohol in your system and the prosecution will have the obligation of proving that you were. If charged, you should act immediately! Fill out a free case evaluation form on our site to begin.