DUI/OWI Penalties

Michigan State DUI/OWI Penalties

Retaining Legal Representation for Your Case

As with any state, Michigan takes driving under the influence as a very serious offense. There is a zero tolerance policy for those under the age of 21 and strict laws for those that are of the legal drinking age. In 2013, there were approximately 35,000 total DWI/OWI arrests throughout the state of Michigan, which was down 30 percent from 2006. This is due largely in part to dedicated law enforcement officers keeping a strict patrol.

With this in mind, it is important to realize that DUI/OWI arrest can easily happen when there is no warranted reason. If officers are being overzealous in their efforts to arrest suspected drunk drivers, then innocent people can easily get caught up in the mix. Protect your rights and help prevent dire consequences by retaining a Oakland County DUI attorney who truly cares about you and your unique charges.

What kinds of penalties could I be facing?

This depends on the level of blood alcohol content (BAC) in your system, if you have any previous DWIs on your record or if you caused any amount of injury or death as a result of an accident. The following is a list of the potential penalties you could face for driving under the influence in Michigan:

1 st OWI

  • License Suspension, Restricted License after 30 Days
  • Up to 93 Days in Jail
  • Court Fines and Costs
  • $2,000 in Driver Responsibility Fees

2 nd OWI

  • License Suspension for a 1 Year Minimum
  • Confiscation of Your License Plate
  • 5 Days to 1 Year in Jail
  • $200-$1,000 in Fines
  • $1,000 Driver Responsibility Fee That is Paid for 2 Years
  • Immobilization of Your Car for 90-180 Days
  • Ignition Interlock Device Installation

3 rd DUI (Felony Offense)

  • License Suspension for a 5 Years
  • Confiscation of Your License Plate
  • Up to 5 Years in Prison
  • Fines and Costs
  • $1,000 Driver Responsibility Fee That is Paid for 2 Years
  • Immobilization of Your Car for 90-180 Days
  • Ignition Interlock Device Installation

There are other penalties that could also be allotted to someone convicted of an OWI in Michigan, including community service hours, alcohol education programs, and the criminal mark on their record. No matter who serious the charges are, some level of freedom is bound to be lost if convicted.

Aggressive Oakland County DUI Lawyer Fighting on Your Behalf

If you have received any sort of allegation claiming that you were driving under the influence, it is in your best interest to retain an Oakland County DUI defense attorney who is not only knowledgeable, but experienced in the field. Should you chose to retain my legal services, I will work personally with you to fight for your rights no matter how complicated your case may be. Taking over the investigation process from the beginning, you can rest easier knowing that I am well-equipped at handling all manner of criminal cases.

Fill out my free case evaluation today to allow me to learn more about your charges so that I can begin to help you as quickly as possible. Call today at (248) 289-3951 to schedule your consultation.