What can happen if I am convicted of DUI in Michigan

One of the most common questions the DUI defense experts at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. are asked regarding drunken driving cases are about the possible penalties for an DUI or OWI in Michigan.  If you’re convicted of OWI you could face:

 

OWI:            Misdemeanor (Operating While Intoxicated) (BAC of .08 or higher)

 

·       $100 to $500 fine.

·       Up to 93 days in jail.

·       Up to 360 hours of community service.

·       Driver license suspension for 30 days, followed by restrictions for 150 days. 

·       Possible vehicle immobilization.

·       Possible ignition interlock.

·       Six points added to driver record.

·       $1,000 Driver Responsibility Fee for two consecutive years.

 

OWI high BAC – Having a breath or blood alcohol content of .17 or higher (AKA Super Drunk)

 

·       Up to 180 days in jail (increased from 93 days)

·       Fine of $200 but not more than $700 (increased from $100 but not more than $500)

·       One year license suspension with restrictions permitted after 45 days (increased from six-month license suspension with restrictions permitted after 30 days)

·       Up to 360 hours community service (same)

·       Cost of prosecution (same)

·       Immobilization not exceeding 180 days allowed (same)

·       6 points on the driving record (same)

·       Mandatory alcohol treatment program or self-help program for a period of not less than one year.

 

OWVI:         Misdemeanor (Operating While Visibly Impaired)

 

·       Up to a $300 fine.

·       Up to 93 days in jail.

·       Up to 360 hours of community service.

·       Driver license restriction for 90 days (180 days if impaired by a controlled substance).

·       Possible vehicle immobilization.

·       Four points on driver record. $500 Driver Responsibility Fee for two consecutive years.

 

OWI 2nd:     Misdemeanor (Two OWI or DUI convictions within 7 years)

 

·       A $200 to $1,000 fine.

·       A mandatory minimum of five days and up to one year in jail.

·       Thirty to 90 days community service.

·       Driver license denial or revocation for a minimum of one year.

·       License plate confiscated.

·       Vehicle immobilization for 90 to 180 days unless vehicle is forfeited.

·       Possible vehicle forfeiture.

·       Six points on driver record.

·       $1,000 Driver Responsibility Fee for two consecutive years.

 

OWVI 2nd:  Misdemeanor (Two Impaired Driving convictions within 2 years)

 

·       A $200 to $1,000 fine.

·       Five days to one year in jail.

·       Thirty to 90 days community service.

·       Driver license denial or revocation for a minimum of one year.

·       License plate confiscation.

·       Vehicle immobilization for 90 to 180 days unless vehicle is forfeited.

·       Possible vehicle forfeiture.

·       Four points on driver record.

·       $500 Driver Responsibility Fee for two consecutive years.

 

OWI 3rd       Felony (two prior offenses within your lifetime)

 

·       A $500 to $5,000 fine.

·       Minimum of 1 year and maximum of five years imprisonment.

·       Probation with 30 consecutive days to one year in jail (no work release).

·       Sixty to 180 days community service.

·       Driver license denial or revocation for a minimum five years.

·       License plate confiscation.

·       Vehicle immobilization for one to three years unless vehicle is forfeited.

·       Possible vehicle forfeiture.

·       Registration denial.

·       Six points on driver record.

·       $1,000 Driver Responsibility Fee for two consecutive years.

 

If you have been convicted of either OWI or OWVI twice in the past 10 years, and are then convicted for OWVI, it, too, is considered a felony.

 

Causing a death while driving is a felony punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment, a $2,500 to $10,000 fine, or both.   Cause a serious injury while driving is also a felony punishable by up to five years imprisonment, a $1,000 to $5,000 fine, or both.

 


Michigan DUI Defense Attorneys

 

 

Don’t trust your Michigan OWI case to an amateur or a general-practice lawyer – take advantage of our years of experience, trial work and legal expertise with OWI laws. Do not wait. Please contact the LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation and confidential case evaluation. We approach each and every case with the care and attention you expect and deserve.  A dismissal of all charges is out highest priority when possible.

 

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