Teen charged with OWI

Driving in an area that you are unfamiliar with can be tricky, but doing so while intoxicated can have serious consequences. This was the case for a Northville, Michigan, woman who was driving drunk, failed to yield at an intersection, and crashed into the driver's side of another car, seriously injuring the other driver.The woman, 19, has been charged with operating while intoxicated resulting in serious injury and operating while intoxicated.Police investigating the crash stated that last December, the woman was driving home from a party at 5 a.m. and failed to yield for another driver. At the intersection where the accident occurred, the defendant had a flashing red light, while the victim's car had the blinking yellow light, giving her the right of way. The defendant didn't yield to the victim's car and ended up crashing into her.Both were taken by ambulance to the University of Michigan Hospital. The defendant agreed to a blood test which showed that her blood-alcohol level was 0.14, which is over the legal limit of 0.08.In 2004, Michigan decreased its alcohol legal limit from 0.10 to 0.08, meaning more people are being charged with OWI. If you've been charged with OWI, you should speak to a qualified criminal law attorney. They understand the serious consequences that can accompany this charge. If convicted of OWI in Michigan, you could face jail time, probation, large fines, community service, and/or a conviction on your record for the rest of your life. Along with these penalties you could also have your license restricted, suspended or revoked. Every situation is unique and an attorney can help you figure out the best defense for your particular case.Source: AnnArbor.com, "Teenager charge in drunken driving accident in Ann Arbor," Lee Higgins, Feb. 14, 2012
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