Drunk Driving And Related Cases

Drunk driving laws are aggressively prosecuted in Michigan. If you have been arrested for operating while intoxicated (OWI) or a related offense, it is critical to enlist the services of a knowledgeable and experienced OWI defense attorney.

At the Constitutional Law Center in Grand Rapids, we provide assertive legal representation against drunk driving charges. Because OWI and other driving infractions are all we work on, we have a thorough understanding of how to investigate these cases and how to build the strongest possible defense.

Three Decades Of Success In Western Michigan

Attorney Joel S. Whetstone, founder of the Constitutional Law Center has practiced law in Western Michigan for 30 years. He has litigated against the region's prosecutors, appeared before the region's judges and communicated with the region's city attorneys, police chiefs and court personnel over the course of those three decades. Joel has a great sense of the tactics that are used to prosecute OWI cases and how to defend against them.

Our approach always begins with a thorough discussion with the client and a careful examination of every aspect of an arrest. Law enforcement authorities can be overzealous in enforcing drunk driving laws. We will review your arrest to determine if your constitutional rights have been violated. If the stop was illegal or the evidence was improperly collected, your case may be dismissed.

We also have a thorough understanding of alternative sentencing possibilities that are available in many OWI cases. In some instances, it makes sense to refer clients to alcohol or drug counseling in exchange for reduced sentencing. Our objective in every case is to minimize the impact that an OWI arrest has on each client's life.

Multiple Convictions Can Result In Jail Time

A person who is charged with being a repeat OWI offender faces stiff penalties, including license revocation and up to a year in jail for a second offense within seven years. A third OWI offense in Michigan is a felony and carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison.

Clearly, more than a fine is at stake if you are arrested for drunk driving and charged with being a repeat offender. There are also enhanced penalties if you are arrested for drunk driving with a passenger in your vehicle who is under age 16. This is not the time to attempt to navigate your way through the judicial system without a lawyer, nor is it the time to settle for inexperienced legal guidance.

Solutions Start With A Free Consultation

Whether you face OWI charges for the first time or you have multiple convictions on your record, the Constitutional Law Center will fight aggressively for you and work to produce the best possible outcome. Call 616-235-4357 or use our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation. We will review the facts of your case and recommend an effective course of action.