Operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) is a serious offense in Michigan and the laws reflect that. In fact, in Michigan, you don’t technically need to show you had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above .08 percent to be charged with a drunk driving offense. The penalties that come with an OWI conviction can be severe: a hefty fine, driver’s license suspension and even possible jail time.
With the harsh consequences that come with an OWI, you might wonder whether or not it’s in your best interest to submit to a breath test if you’re pulled over after drinking. But with implied consent laws, you may face severe repercussions from not taking a breath test.