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What you need to know about Michigan’s complex DUI laws

On Behalf of | Oct 12, 2017 | Blog |

If you are facing charges of drunk driving in Michigan, you may not be sure what to expect or what penalties could eventually affect your life. The penalty system for drugged and drunk driving is complex, and it is helpful to know what you are up against in order to better fight the charges against you.

Drunk driving is a serious crime, and with it comes various consequences that could be a threat to your personal freedom and your financial interests. It is smart to take an OWI charge seriously, even for a first offense, and seek the legal help necessary to properly confront the case against you.

Understanding implied consent

Many people find it confusing when they learn that you can actually face penalties even if there is no conviction for drunk driving. This can happen when a driver violates the implied consent law. Upon arrest for drunk driving, you will be required to submit to a chemical test. By having a driver’s license, you have already consented to this, and refusal will result in a suspension of your license and points added to your license.

Other penalties for operating while intoxicated

If convicted for OWI in Michigan, you could face a number of penalties that will significantly impact your life. You could be arrested and charged for any of the following illegal actions:

  • Operating a vehicle while intoxicated or impaired by illegal drugs
  • Having a BAC of .08 percent or higher
  • Having any detectable amount of a controlled substance in your body
  • Super DUI, having a BAC of .17 percent or higher

Some of the penalties may include loss of driving privileges, expensive fines, time behind bars and more. The severity and specifics of the penalties that you could face depend on the details, such as number of previous OWI convictions and your BAC level at the time of your arrest. It will also depend on the specific offenses and charges pending against you.

How you can protect your interests

Facing criminal charges is a daunting prospect, but it can be even more so when you don’t really understand the specifics of the charges you are facing and the potential penalties. If charged with OWI in Michigan, you would be wise to take quick action to get an evaluation of your case and to learn more about your defense options.

With support and guidance, it is possible to effectively confront OWI charges, possibly avoiding a conviction and mitigating any potential penalties.


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