We Know How To Defend You Against Controlled Substance OWI Charges

Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance is no laughing matter in Michigan. Indeed, being charged with a controlled substance OWI not only puts you at risk of a jail sentence, but also subjects you to potentially hefty fines and the suspension of your driver's license.

At G. M. Gabry Law, we have over 38 years of experience fighting for our clients' rights in controlled substance OWL cases — and we're prepared to use that experience to your advantage. Our lead attorney, Gary Michael Gabry, was a former prosecutor and knows how to use this experience to help you get the best possible outcome in your drunk driving case. If you have been charged with a DUI, DWI, or driving under the influence of drugs in the Portage, Michigan, or Kalamazoo area, contact us at 269-389-9113 today to schedule your consultation.

What Does Driving Under A Controlled Substance Mean?

In the state of Michigan, driving under the influence of prescription or illegal drugs can result in a driving under the influence or operating under the influence charge. Under the Michigan Vehicle Code, a person "shall not" drive or operate any moving vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicating substance.

Michigan also imposes a zero tolerance policy when it comes to driving under the influence of a prohibited drug, which means that a police officer can pull you over for any reasonable suspicion of operating under the influence — and if you test positive for any prohibited drug, you could be charged. Some of the prohibited substances include:

  • Marijuana — Even if you have a medical marijuana charge you may still be prosecuted if it can be proven that the marijuana impaired your driving.
  • Illicit substances — Illegal drugs such as LSD, ecstasy, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin can all result in arrest if any amount is detected.
  • Prescription medications — Being under the influence while operating a vehicle with medications that are prescribed by a doctor that can cause impairment can result in a charge. Prescriptions often associated with DUI's include sleeping pills, pain relieving narcotics and some antidepressants.
  • Over-the-counter drugs — While most over the counter drugs don't result in impairment, some may slow reaction time and cause drowsiness in some people such as antihistamines and decongestants.

A criminal attorney can prepare your defense, ensure that your rights are represented, advise you of your options and the potential consequences, and help you get the best possible outcome for your court case.

What Are the Possible Repercussions Of Being Charged With An OWI Or DUI?

If you are faced with a driving while intoxicated charge, you can face a number of penalties both as a direct result of the arrest as well as repercussions that linger even years after. If convicted of operating while intoxicated, you can:

  • Be put on probation
  • Be sentenced to jail time
  • Be subject to fines
  • Have your license suspended
  • Have an increase in insurance rates

If you have been charged with operating while intoxicated in Michigan and are in need of an experienced, aggressive and local criminal defense lawyer, contact the professionals at G. M. Gabry Law at 269-389-9113 today to schedule your consultation. Make sure your rights are protected in court.