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What to Do After Being Charged with an OWI

On Behalf of | Mar 29, 2018 | Firm News, Legal Blog, OWI

Being charged with an OWI in Michigan can lead to serious consequences. For a first-time conviction, you could face up to 93 days in jail, a $500 fine, driver’s license suspension, and other serious penalties. Subsequent convictions have additional consequences.

If you or a loved one has been charged with an OWI, you should reach out to a knowledgeable OWI lawyer at DeBruin Law, PLLC. We can help assess your case, evaluate your legal options, and seek ways to reduce any potential penalties.

To speak with an experienced attorney, contact us at  517-324-4303 right away to schedule a free initial consultation.

Write Down all Information Pertaining to the Charge

It is important that you collect as much evidence as possible from the time of the charge. You should write everything down sooner when your memory is clear as opposed to later when your memory can become fuzzy. After being charged with an OWI, you should write down information, such as:

  • The time and location of when you were pulled over.
  • If there was a breath test, what the device resembled.
  • Any conversation between you and the officer, including his reason for pulling you over.
  • Any additional tests the police officer administer.

Track Down Potential Witnesses

Witnesses can be of great help to your case. If you were out with anyone before being pulled over, their testimony of what you did or did not drink can help build your defense. In addition, any bystanders near the scene of where you were pulled over could help provide their account of your state that night. It is imperative to reach out to any potential witnesses as soon as possible while their memory is still clear from the night of your charge.

Ensure Your Social Media Handles are in Private Mode

Oftentimes, prosecutors will look at the defendant’s various social media platforms in order to discover additional evidence. Potentially incriminating evidence could be anything related to alcohol or indication that you were out drinking the night of your OWI charge. Therefore, you should make sure that your social media is private in order to avoid anyone other than your friends and family viewing your profiles.

Select an Experienced OWI Attorney

Choosing a knowledgeable OWI attorney is the most important step to take after being charged with an OWI. A lawyer understands the ins and outs of the legal system and can properly investigate your case in order to help you build a strong defense. Your lawyer can help you locate potential witnesses and analyze your case options. If you’ve been charged with an OWI, you should not hesitate to reach out to a Lansing DUI lawyer at DeBruin Law, PLLC.

Contact DeBruin Law, PLLC Today

At DeBruin Law, PLLC, we understand that each case is different. Attorney Tiffany DeBruin has handled numerous OWI cases and can help you with yours.

In Michigan, being charged with an OWI can lead to serious consequences. Our firm can help you navigate the legal process in order to receive a fair outcome. Contact us right away at  517-324-4303 in order to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer.