OWI Causing Serious Injury or Death

Oakland County OWI Attorney

OWI causing serious injury or death is one of the most serious OWI / DUI offenses you can face. As described in the Michigan Vehicle Code § 257.625, this offense is charged as a felony punishable by 5 years in prison for serious injury, or 15 years for death. Getting competent legal representation in such a critical matter is imperative if you wish to secure the best possible case outcome.

At Long Law PLLC you can work with an accomplished and aggressive advocate who knows how the state will develop its case against you and who will take every legal measure to help minimize the consequences of such a charge. Attorney Emily Long has considerable trial experience and has dedicated her law practice solely to defending the men and women in and around Oakland County who have been criminally accused.

Felony OWI Cases in Michigan

Under the above-mentioned law, OWI occurs when you operate a motor vehicle under the influence of "alcoholic liquor, a controlled substance, or other intoxicating substance," or any combination of those three. Should you cause the death of another person due to your driving impairment under this definition, you will be charged with a felony punishable by:

  • Up to 15 years in prison
  • Fine of $2,500 to $10,000
  • License revocation
  • Vehicle impoundment
  • Possible community service
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device (IID)

Should your impaired driving result in the death of a police officer, fire fighter, or official emergency responder, you will face penalties of up to 20 years in prison and a fine ranging from $2,500 up to $10,000.

Serious injury is defined under the above law as the "serious impairment of a body function of another person." Should your impaired driving cause this result, you will also be charged with a felony punishable by:

  • Up to 5 years in prison
  • Fine of $1,000 up to $5,000
  • License revocation
  • Vehicle impoundment
  • Community service
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device (IID)

Experienced OWI Defense

Experienced legal representation is imperative when facing these felony charges. When your freedom and future are at stake, you deserve an Oakland County OWI lawyer who is thoroughly familiar with the laws, procedures, and defense tactics needed to truly help you. Contact our firm for a free case evaluation to get started today.