Fight Your Drunk Driving Arrest
Being arrested for OWI (operating a vehicle while intoxicated) does not mean you are automatically guilty. There are legitimate defenses to an OWI/DUI. Fighting it could lead to dismissal of the charges or a reduction in penalties.
If you were arrested for driving under the influence, call the Law Office of Toni L. Sessoms, P.C., at 989-779-9700. Whether it is your first OWI or a repeat offense, my three decades of experience can help you avoid the worst consequences.
The OWI/DUI Penalties Are Too Harsh To Plead Guilty
Operating while intoxicated (OWI), also known as driving under the influence (DUI), is a misdemeanor crime that carries major penalties and long-term consequences. In Michigan, a first offense of OWI/DUI is punishable by:
- Jail time (up to 93 days)
- Community service (up to 360 hours)
- Fines of $100 to $500
- License suspension for 30 days
- License restriction for another 150 days
- Possible ignition interlock on your vehicle
- Six points on your driving record
Those penalties go up sharply if you have prior OWI convictions or if your blood alcohol was .17 or higher. The increased punishment ranges from substantial jail time to vehicle immobilization, license plate confiscation or complete loss of your driver’s license.
Skilled Defense Against OWI Charges
I examine every facet of your drunk driving arrest for flaws in the government’s case. Did the officer have a valid reason for the traffic stop? Was your arrest based on unreliable field sobriety tests? Was the breathalyzer properly calibrated and administered? Did police have your consent or probable cause to search your vehicle? And so on. I know what to look for to cast reasonable doubt on the evidence. That gives me leverage to get your drunk driving charges dismissed or reduced, or strategies to defend you at trial. I will do everything I can to avoid the penalties and collateral consequences of an OWI/DUI conviction.
Find Out Where You Stand. Call Me Today.
You are not convicted yet. I am confident I can make a difference in the outcome, from avoiding jail to retaining your driving privileges. I practice in Isabella County and surrounding Mid-Michigan communities. Call my Mount Pleasant office at 989-779-9700 or contact me online.