August 18, 2006, Newsletter Issue #27: OUIL? Oh, You Need Help

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If you live in Michigan and have been charged with OUIL, there are some things you should know before you face the charges. Mainly, OUIL is no longer a crime unto itself. In fact, Michigan legislature recently passed law incorporating OUIL into other DUI and DWI laws (his meant a stiffening of penalties and no more distinction between OUIL and other drunken operating offenses).

It is more important than ever to consult with an attorney about your charges. With the change came new penalties and requirements under the law. If your officer was unfamiliar with the changes, errors may have been made during your arrest. A good lawyer can listen to your circumstances and ensure that this change in the law will not put you into additional peril when you get to court.

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