In addition to drunk driving charges, an individual can be charged with intoxicated driving if there is a presence of drugs in your system. Under Michigan, you can face Operating with the Presence of Drugs (OWPD) for the overuse of some prescribed medication, cocaine, or other Schedule 1 controlled substances. Schedule 1 drugs include substances such as amphetamines, ecstasy, LSD, and more.
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Under Michigan law, you can be charged with a misdemeanor for operating a motor vehicle in a public area including roads and parking lots while under the influence of a Schedule 1 narcotic or other drugs outlined above. Additional charges can result in a felony conviction if you have already been convicted at least two other times for some form of driving under the influence.
The defense team at Grewal Law PLLC is ready to help you in your OWPD case. While serving as your legal counsel, we will build the best defense possible in your case.
Consequences of an OWPD Conviction
If you are convicted for Operating with the Presence of a Schedule 1 Drug or Cocaine the consequences vary depending on if you are facing a misdemeanor or a felony charge. Unlike with certain drunk driving charges, the evidence required to convict you is not as steep for an OWPD. There is not a specific amount of the controlled substance that must be present in your system in order for you to be charged. In fact, you can be charged even if you were not aware the drugs were present in your system.
Michigan law does not outline how law enforcement can determine a drug is present in your system, therefore you need a skilled criminal defense attorney to defend your case. While representing you, our lawyers will build an effective defense to help combat the prosecution’s case against you.
Anyone who is convicted of their first OWPD offense may face the following penalties:
- A fine up to $500.
- Up to 93 days in jail, 360 hours of community service or a combination of both jail time and community service.
- Driver’s license suspension or revocation.
A third or subsequent conviction can result in additional penalties including spending up to a year in prison along with increased fines and the revocation of your license.
The vague nature of the law makes it essential for you to have an excellent criminal defense lawyer. Call the legal counsel at Grewal Law PLLC to help you avoid the penalties outlined above for an OWPD conviction.
Defense Solutions for OWPD Cases
The attorneys at Grewal Law PLLC are ready to defend your Operating with Drugs Present case. Because the burden of proof required to convict someone in an OWPD case is minimal you need to start building your defense right away. Contact our Michigan DUI lawyers now to avoid facing a conviction. We will evaluate your case to help you determine the best course of action. As your attorneys, we will be by your side through every stage of the process and will work to build the most effective strategy for your case.
It is essential to have legal counsel in order to help you avoid fines, jail time and other penalties in Okemos, Michigan, Lansing, East Lansing, and all surrounding areas in Michigan related to an OWPD conviction.
Contact Grewal Law PLLC’s experienced drunk driving defense team for a free quote today at (888) 211-5798.