Oakland County DUI Lawyer Paul J. Tafelski Discusses the Differences Between DUI, OWI, OWPD, and OWVI
June 24, 2022 at 17:00
Oakland County DUI lawyer Paul J. Tafelski releases a new article (https://www.michigandefenselaw.com/blog/what-is-the-difference-between-dui-owi-owpd-and-owvi-charges-in-michigan/) discussing the differences between DUI, OWI, OWPD, and OWVI charges in Michigan. The lawyer mentions that there are a few common acronyms used to denote drunk driving. DUI (driving under the influence), or DWI (driving while intoxicated) are a few of the most common acronyms. However, the actual legal terms are more focused.
According to the Oakland County DUI lawyer, “In Michigan, we have various levels of impaired driving offenses. What you are charged with will depend on many factors, including your blood alcohol content (BAC), your age, whether you were visibly impaired by law enforcement, or whether the presence of drugs was detected in your system. Commonly referred to as DUI charges, in Michigan, our charges are legally specified as OWI, OWPD, and OWVI.”
The lawyer explains that Michigan law makes it illegal to drive while impaired or intoxicated by alcohol or any controlled substance. It is also illegal to drive if the BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) is more than 0.08%.
Attorney Paul J. Tafelski says that anyone under 21 years old is not permitted to drive if their BAC is more than 0.02%. If they're not accompanied over 21 years old, those under 21 cannot buy, possess, or consume any alcoholic drinks.
Attorney Tafelski states that OWI, or operating while intoxicated, is often used interchangeably with the term DUI. OWI can be filed against someone who drives with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.8% or higher. Under-21-year-olds are also subject to OWI. If they have even a trace of alcohol in their system, they could be charged.
“An OWVI, or operating while visibly impaired, can be charged regardless of BAC level since it is based on visible criteria. If a law enforcement officer feels that you are impaired and cannot operate your vehicle safely, you can be charged with an OWVI regardless of how much or little alcohol you have consumed. An OWVI can also be charged when an officer believes you are under the influence of drugs that were legally prescribed or taken,” says the DWI lawyer.
Lastly, the lawyer emphasizes the importance of having a skilled DWI lawyer when facing a DWI or DUI charge. An experienced lawyer may be able to help the defendant understand their rights and protect their freedom.
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