Lansing, Ingham County OWPD, OUID, Drugged Driving Attorney

At The Leydorf Law Firm, we understand that when most people think of driving or operating under the influence, alcohol is the first thing that comes to mind. The fact is, illegal drugs and marijuana can also impair an individual's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. If police suspect you are driving while under the influence of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, meth, or even a prescription narcotic drug such as oxycodone, you may be arrested for drugged driving or OUID, operating under the influence of drugs. Lansing drug crime defense attorney Nicholas Leydorf is dedicated to providing those arrested or charged with OUID or OWPD (operating with the presence of drugs) with unsurpassed legal guidance and support.

Drugged Driving in Michigan - OWPD and OUID

While the criminal penalties for these two drug offenses are the same, the crimes are a bit different. With operating under the influence of drugs (OUID), prosecutors must prove that the accused individual operated a vehicle in a manner that was unsafe or reckless due to the fact that he or she was under the influence of drugs. With operating with the presence of drugs (OWPD), prosecutors must prove only that the person driving the vehicle had cocaine or a Schedule 1 controlled substance in any amount in his or her system. Regardless of the drugged driving offense you are charged with, the criminal penalties are serious and may negatively impact your reputation, career, and future.

Operating Under the Influence of Drugs or Marijuana in Lansing

In Ingham County as well as throughout the state of Michigan, OUID is a criminal offense that is on the rise, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In Michigan, operating a motor vehicle with even a minute amount of an illegal drug or controlled substance in your body is illegal; the laws in the state regarding illegal drug use are extremely tough. Additionally, it is important to note that a derivative of marijuana, THC, is a controlled substance which could get you arrested or charged with operating under the influence of drugs. THC is used in the manufacturing of numerous products that are edible, and may be detected in your system for up to 30 days or even more. Essentially, this means that you could be convicted for having a controlled substance in your system, regardless of whether your ability to operate a vehicle was impaired!

Michigan Criminal Penalties for OUID, OWPD

The criminal penalties for a first-offense if convicted of operating under the influence of drugs or marijuana in Michigan are the same as a conviction for a first-offense DUI involving alcohol. If convicted, the criminal penalties you may face include:

  • A maximum of 93 days in jail
  • Fines of up to $500
  • Possible community service, up to 360 hours
  • Driver's license suspension
  • Six points assigned to your driving record
  • Possible ignition interlock or vehicle immobilization
  • Potentially thousands of dollars in driver responsibility fees

Subsequent offenses (second, third, etc.) will result in penalties that are even more harsh for those convicted.

Contact The Leydorf Law Firm Today

OUID or any drugged driving charge is serious, and can impact your freedom as well as all aspects of your life. It is critical that you take action immediately to protect your freedom, career, and reputation. Ingham County drug crime defense attorney Nicholas Leydorf is aggressive, experienced, and dedicated to securing the best possible results for individuals accused of operating under the influence of drugs or marijuana. Contact our firm now at (517) 388-6800 for a free consultation regarding your case.