The charge of OWI is not as commonly referred to as DUI or DWI, but it is essentially the same thing and just as serious. OWI stands for ‘operating while intoxicated’, and has the same legal threshold for guilt as does a DUI. If you are caught driving with a blood alcohol content level of .08% or higher, you may find yourself charged with OWI. These charges can affect your life in many ways if you are convicted, so be sure to get qualified representation right away. The team at Sumner & Associates is experienced in Michigan OWI cases and will fight hard for your best interest.


Some of the punishments for an OWI conviction are well known and understood. Among them are the following –


  • Jail time
  • Fines
  • Loss of driver’s license
  • Increased insurance rates
  • Community service


While all of those punishments can be passed down by a judge depending on the specifics of the case, there are also less obvious problems that arise from an OWI conviction. For example, if you are a member of a professional association as part of your career (doctor, dentist, teacher, etc.) you could face the loss of your license as part of being convicted. Also, the mark on your record may make it harder to get a job, or to keep the one you have. Make no mistake – OWI charges are serious and can affect the rest of your life if you don’t fight them all the way through the process.


Our staff at Sumner & Associates is ready to take your call and offer you a free consultation today. We look forward to taking up your case and working toward a resolution that will give you the best chance at moving on from this difficult time.