Drunk Driving Defense (OWI/DUI)

Being stopped and put under arrest for drunk driving is an embarrassing and humiliating event.  The penalties are extreme and are becoming increasingly tougher by the year.  As the severity of the consequences have increased, so has this area become more of a sub-specialty of Mr. Sawyer’s law practice.  He is clearly one of the best drunk driving attorneys in Michigan, and he has been recognized as such by his peers and The State Bar.drunk_driving

Mr. Sawyer has been invited to serve on the faculty of The Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), which is the educational arm of the State Bar, and as such has taught different aspects of drunk driving defense to attorneys statewide.

Keary Sawyer has also been a frequent guest speaker regarding the legal aspects of drinking-driving offenses on television and radio shows in West Michigan.

Mr. Sawyer has taught classes at several law schools.

Grand Rapids Drunk Driving Attorney

Mr. Sawyer’s success and trial record in defending OWI/DUI cases is widely recognized as good or better than any attorney in West Michigan.  We recognized that there are about four or five good attorneys in our area who are very capable of defending OWI cases in the courtroom and several hundred who take these cases but really don’t know how to go to jury trial in these cases or how to get the best results.

Depending on the circumstances and facts surrounding your case and your previous record, a drunk driving conviction can result in the loss of your driving privileges, jail time, significant fines and costs, community service, work crew, and/or probation.  There are also related driver responsibility fees.

With a proven track record of success for clients in OWI/DUI cases, Mr. Sawyer is uniquely qualified to defend you.  Keary Sawyer knows the laws, court processes, science behind the tests, and the people involved in our justice system.  This is imperative when selecting someone to fight for your rights.

In 1992, a major wave of legislative reforms toughened the drunk driving laws in Michigan.  In October 1999, an enhancement scheme was set up whereby these were increasing harsh penalties for first, second, and third offenses.  [View OWI Penalty Chart].  Since 1999, there has been a continued toughening of these laws.  In 2003, the legal limit was lowered to .08 BAC.  When Mr. Sawyer started handling cases in 1978, the legal limit was .15 BAC.

The time frame within which a third (3rd) offense (felony) can be charged has been changed from three (3) within ten (10) years to three (3) within one’s lifetime. In October 2011, Michigan placed into effect a new High BAC (“Super Drunk” driving) Law.  This new law harshly penalizes first (1st) time offenders that have a BAC of .17 or more by increased fines ($700.00), a longer suspension – 45 days no driving, and an additional 320 days restriction with an alcohol monitor on the vehicle and up to 180 days in jail.

For more information on High BAC charges, please see our FAQ section.

In addition to serving on the Faculty of ICLE Drunk Driving Seminars, Mr. Sawyer is also a member of the National College of DUI Defense.
Sawyer Law Offices is experienced and successful in handling all types of operating under the influence charges including:

  • OWI 1st Offense and High BAC Operation
  • OWI 2nd and 3rd Offense OWI/DUI
  • Felony Drunk Driving (3rd and subsequent offenses)
  • OWI Causing Serious Injury or Death
  • Operating Under the Influence of Drugs
  • Drunk Boating, Watercraft and ORV Operation
  • Zero Tolerance and Minors in Possession
  • OWI – Child Endangerment
  • Defense of Commercial Driver’s License Violations (CDL)
  • All Types of Violations Under Section 625

Of course, being cautious about what one consumes and preventing legal problems is best.  Please see the general alcohol consumption table, by clicking the link below.

[View General Alcohol Consumption Chart]

NOTE: This chart may not strictly apply to you personally, due to differences in gender, age, height, weight, etc.

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If you have been charged with any Drinking or Drugged Driving Offenses, please contact our Drunk Driving Defense attorney(s) at (616) 451-8478 or request a consultation and let us help get your life back in order.