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4 mistakes to avoid when stopped for an OWI

On Behalf of | Mar 7, 2023 | Criminal Defense |

An operating while intoxicated (OWI) charge can result in high fines, jail term, community service and license suspension. In Michigan, you are legally intoxicated when your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08 or more and 0.02 or more for drivers under 21.

The police will stop you if they have reasonable suspicion that you may be driving while impaired. If this happens, here are four mistakes to avoid:

Providing too much information

While you should cooperate, you may want to avoid answering all questions from the police. You could provide the needed information, such as your personal details. However, politely decline to answer questions that may incriminate you. 

Assuming you have no defense

When you see the results on the breathalyzer, you may be tempted to think you have no defense and accept fault. However, you may be able to get legal help who can assess your case and determine the best defenses to employ.

Not writing down details

You should pay attention to everything that happens at the stop and write it down as soon as possible. Document what you drank or ate, how the stop occurred, what the police officer said to you, how you were treated and so on. This information can be integral in your defense.

You can defend an OWI charge with the right help. It may be best to learn more about your case to make informed decisions.