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Drunk Driving Penalties in Michigan
Michigan lawmakers consider drinking and driving a serious crime, and this is reflected in the punishment. From jail time to a driver’s license suspension, a drunk-driving conviction can greatly impact your life. If you plead guilty, you will automatically receive these penalties; however, with the help of a skilled DUI defense lawyer, you may be able to avoid a severe sentence.
The first penalty you may face—even before you go to criminal court—is the administrative license suspension. In Michigan, the legal limit for drivers over the age of 21 is .08%. If you test over this limit, your license may be suspended by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). For a first DUI offense, the mandatory suspension is 90 days; for a second DUI offense, 12 months; for a third DUI offense, 3 years.
Violating Michigan’s implied consent laws can also lead to an automatic license suspension by the DMV. “Implied consent” references the clause you agreed to when applying for your license that, should you be suspected of driving under the influence, you would submit to a chemical test. Failure to take this test can be worse than taking the test and failing it. If you refused to take a blood, breath, or urine test, you could face a mandatory one-year suspension.
If convicted of drunk driving in Michigan, you could be sentenced to jail time, fines, and community service. In order to deter you from committing a similar offense in the future, the judge may sentence you to attend mandatory alcohol assessment, education, and treatment.
Michigan is a “zero tolerance” state, which means that drivers under the age of 21 are prohibited from operating a motor vehicle with any alcohol in their system. Therefore, underage drivers may be charged with drunk driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .02% or more.
Attorney Patrick Barone can fight your Michigan drunk-driving charges in an effort to help you avoid these serious penalties. His experience and knowledge allows him to evaluate you case to determine the best defense for your circumstances.
Receive a free initial consultation on your case by contacting Mr. Barone today. There is no obligation and you’ll be glad you called.