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DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) Definition

DWI is an acronym for Driving While Intoxicated and different from OWI (Operating While Intoxicated). Driving While Intoxicated is generally referred to as Operating While Intoxicated in Michigan. A first offense carries a maximum sentence of 93 days in jail. A second offense within 7 years is punishable by a year in jail, with a 5-day mandatory minimum. A third offense is a 5-year felony charge (minimum jail sentence of 30 days). If the alleged drunken driver causes an accident resulting in a severe injury or death, the penalties can be as high as life imprisonment.

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