In Michigan, there are numerous situations where you could be charged for failing a drug test or having drugs in your system. One of the most common situations wherein someone can be charged for being on drugs is while they’re operating a vehicle.
Drivers who are found to be under the influence of any drugs can be tested and charged with OWPD—Operating with the Presence of Drugs. This is as serious a charge in Michigan as a OWI, with the additional risk of being charged with possession if you are found with drugs in your car.
The penalties of OWPD conviction include:
- 90 days in jail, $500 in fines, and license suspension for a first offense
- 1 year in jail, $1,000 in fines, and license revocation for a second offense
- 5 years in prison, $5,000 in fines, and 5-year license revocation for a third offense
Note that if you are charged with OWPD for the third time, it will be charged as a felony offense. Fighting for your future means fighting every OWPD charge, as any conviction will increase your chances of escalated penalties in the future.
What If I Fail a Drug Test on Probation or On Bond?
Another situation where failing a drug test could result in criminal charges is during probation. For people convicted of drug charges, the judge’s probation conditions may include abstaining from alcohol or drugs, enforced by random drug testing. If you fail these tests at any point, you could face additional jail time for violating you probation.
You don’t necessarily have to be on probation to be subjected to a drug test either. If you’re out on bond awaiting trial, the court can order you to abstain from drugs and alcohol, as well as subject you to random drug testing. Failure to abide by the terms of your bond agreement means you’ll have to await trial behind bars.
What Do I Do If I Fail a Court-Ordered Drug Test?
Whether you’re on probation or awaiting trial on bond or bail, failing a drug test will result in jail time. If you believe you might fail a court-ordered drug test, you need to speak with a Farmington Hills drug defense attorney as soon as possible. I, Daniel D. Hajji, Attorney at Law, have the results and trial experience you need to fight for the best outcome possible.
Practicing since 2002, my firm has helped countless people avoid jail time, reduce their charges, or get acquitted in trial. No one will work harder on your behalf, and no one will be as available to help you as me. I devote my full resources and focus to each case, allowing me to get successful results for clients all over Michigan.
Call (248) 599-0054 today for the defense you need! I offer free consultations, so don’t hesitate to call as soon as possible.