In Michigan it is illegal for anyone to operate a vehicle while intoxicated. Intoxication includes being under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance. The legal blood alcohol content for anyone over 21 years of age in Michigan is .08. If an individual is found guilty of Operating While Intoxicated and has caused the death or serious injury of another person, they will be guilty of a felony punishable by no more than 15 years imprisonment, a fine of at least $2,500.00 but no more than $10,000.00, or both.

If an individual is simply charged with Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) and there has been no harm to anyone else they face a misdemeanor offense punishable by no more than 1-year imprisonment, a fine of no more than $1,000.00, or no more than 90 days of community service. However, if it is a subsequent OWI charge occurring within 7 years of a prior OWI conviction, then the offense is a felony.

Neil Rockind, P.C. is a criminal defense firm located in Southfield, Michigan and is home to two (2) of Michigan’s most aggressive and respected criminal defense lawyers.  Neil Rockind has obtained acquittals and successfully defended people accused of Operating While Intoxicated in many cases.  Neil Rockind began his career in the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office as an assistant prosecutor and is nicknamed “The Rockweiler” for his aggressive and successful style.  Rockind has been named a Super Lawyer, Top Criminal Defense Lawyer, Best of Detroit by Hour Magazine, among the Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan, among the Top 50 Lawyers in Michigan and among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by a national trial lawyers organization.  Colin Daniels another member of Neil Rockind P.C., has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine.  If you or a loved one is charged with the crime of Operating While Intoxicated contact 248.208.3800 or email us at to make an appointment and see how much we can help.