Were you recently charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Michigan? If so, you may also be charged with unlawful blood alcohol level, or UBAL, if your blood alcohol content (BAC) was above the legal limit of .08%.
A Michigan UBAL charge is what’s known as a “per se” crime, which means if you are caught driving with a BAC above .08%, you are automatically considered intoxicated regardless of whether your driving abilities were impaired. As a result, you can be charged with OWI as well as UBAL—both of which are criminal offenses. And, even if you are not found guilty in criminal court, you may face administrative charges from the DMV.
The penalties for OWI and UBAL can be life-altering. If convicted, you may face jail time, community service, alcohol education classes, expensive fines, and a driver’s license suspension. In cases involving a serious injury or death, you will face felony charges and even more severe sentencing.
Your personal life will also be affected long after you serve your sentence. It may be difficult to obtain auto insurance with an OWI or UBAL on your driving record, and even if you can find coverage, you can expect to pay a lot more than you did before your conviction. In addition, an OWI or UBAL conviction will permanently remain on your criminal record, which means any employer, housing provider, or educational institution that checks your background will know you were found guilty of drunk driving.
Fortunately, attorney Patrick T. Barone can help reduce the consequences of your OWI or UBAL charge. As an exclusive OWI defense attorney, Mr. Barone has over a decade of experience handling cases just like yours. In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Barone also teaches OWI defense strategies at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and has even written two books on the subject. He is also certified to administer field sobriety tests and operate the DataMaster (the breath-testing device used in Michigan).