Drunk Driving 1st, 2nd, 3rd Offense

OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) First Offense was at one time considered a minor and usually an isolated event. Before I started to practice law in 1978 these 1st offense cases were often plea bargained totally out of the realm of drinking offenses.

Plea offers to Reckless Driving and even to the civil infraction of Careless Driving were not uncommon. Wholesale changes in the Drunk Driving laws, which occurred in 1983, 1992, 1999 have obliterated these laxities. The drunk driving laws today are so restrictive and harsh, the Driver’s Responsibility law so expensive that the hiring of counsel for representation in these cases is academic.

OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) Second Offense is so severe a crime that if a person is convicted of it he/she will automatically lose their driver’s license for one calendar year ( no restricted license available ).

OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) THIRD Offense is a five ( 5 ) year FELONY ! Because it is a driving offense and because law enforcement looks back over a lifetime of your driving record, this felony is inexpugnable. Most of the attorneys that know me, know me as the ” Drunk Driving Lawyer “. This is because my biggest specialty in criminal law since I began my practice has been in the field of drunk driving. On these cases I have traveled to all corners of Michigan. Without a doubt I have handled more drunk driving cases than any other attorney in the State of Michigan.

More than any other criminal defense area I have been defined by my Drunk Driving defense practice. Even though I have had so many thousands of drunk driving clients and am considered Metro Detroit’s “Drunk Driving Lawyer” , my legal fees are still lower than the vast majority of other less seasoned lawyers. This last statement is something of which I am very proud. I know that being charged with drunk driving in Michigan is scary for the average individual. I am most proud when I can allay a Defendant’s fears, quell a Defendant’s panic and ease a Defendant’s worst nightmares even while providing him/her a superior outcome in Court. One happy client begets ten new clients. This is how I have based my practice.This is how I have become Michigan’s “Drunk Driving Lawyer”……. Sam

SAMUEL R. KONIKOW