Expert OWI Representation Services in Michigan

Facing an Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) charge in Michigan can be a daunting and stressful experience. At The Harkness Law Firm PLLC, we understand the serious implications that an OWI conviction can have on your life, including hefty fines, license suspension, and even imprisonment. Our experienced attorneys are committed to providing you with expert OWI representation, ensuring your rights are protected and striving for the best possible outcome in your case. Here’s how we can help.

Understanding OWI Charges in Michigan

In Michigan, an OWI charge can be brought against anyone operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, or while impaired by alcohol or drugs. The state has stringent laws and severe penalties for OWI offenses, including:

  • First Offense: Up to 93 days in jail, fines up to $500, community service, and a possible license suspension.
  • Second Offense: Up to one year in jail, fines up to $1,000, mandatory community service, and a minimum one-year license revocation.
  • Third Offense: Classified as a felony, with up to five years in prison, fines up to $5,000, and a minimum five-year license revocation.

Why You Need an Experienced OWI Attorney

  1. Protect Your Rights: Navigating the legal system can be complex and intimidating. Our attorneys ensure that your rights are protected throughout the legal process, from arrest to court proceedings.
  2. Build a Strong Defense: We thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your arrest, challenge the validity of breathalyzer and field sobriety tests, and identify any violations of your constitutional rights.
  3. Minimize Penalties: With our expertise, we work to reduce or dismiss charges, minimize penalties, and explore alternative sentencing options such as probation or treatment programs.
  4. Navigate Court Proceedings: We represent you in all court appearances, negotiations, and hearings, providing a robust defense and advocating on your behalf.

Our OWI Representation Services

  1. Free Initial Consultation: We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case, understand your situation, and provide an honest assessment of your options.
  2. Comprehensive Case Review: Our team conducts a thorough review of all evidence, police reports, and witness statements to identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case.
  3. Pre-Trial Motions: We file pre-trial motions to suppress evidence obtained unlawfully, challenge the legality of the traffic stop, and seek dismissal of charges when appropriate.
  4. Court Representation: Our attorneys provide strong representation in court, using our extensive knowledge of Michigan OWI laws to defend your case effectively.
  5. Negotiation and Plea Bargains: When beneficial, we negotiate with prosecutors to achieve favorable plea bargains, reducing charges or penalties.

Why Choose The Harkness Law Firm PLLC?

  • Experienced Attorneys: With over a decade of experience in criminal defense, our attorneys have a deep understanding of Michigan OWI laws and a proven track record of success.
  • Personalized Approach: We understand that every case is unique. Our attorneys provide personalized attention and tailor our defense strategies to meet your specific needs and circumstances.
  • Local Expertise: Serving Okemos and the greater Michigan area, we have strong local knowledge and relationships within the legal community, which can be advantageous in your defense.

Take the First Step Toward Protecting Your Future

An OWI charge can have serious long-term consequences. Don’t face it alone. Contact The Harkness Law Firm PLLC today to schedule your free consultation. Let our experienced attorneys provide the expert OWI representation you need to protect your rights and secure the best possible outcome for your case.

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