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In the state of Michigan there are three specific drunk driving offenses that can be prosecuted. The first is called O.W.I., or "Operating While Intoxicated". The second is referred to as driving with an unlawful bodily alcohol level/content (UBAL/UBAC). The last is dubbed an OWVI, or operating while visibly impaired.

What are the pentalities for charges related to these Michigan drink driving laws?

OMVI (Operating While Visibly Impaired)

A guilty finding for "Operating While Visibly Impaired" (OWVI) is can result in a $300 fine, plus costs, as many as 93 days in jail and the possibility of community service.

UBAC/UBAL (Unlawful Bodily Alcohol Content/Level)

A plea or finding of guilt in an UBAC charge is punishable by a $500 penalty, plus costs, as well as the possibility of 93 days in jail and 360 hours of community service.

A second drunk driving crime for UBAC can result in 1 year of jail time and in a $1,000 fine. A third alcohol-related driving conviction can cost up to 5,000 dollars in fines and costs and carries the potential of possible prison time.

OWI (Operating While Intoxicated)

A plea or finding of guilt in an OWI charge is punishable by a $500 penalty, plus costs, as well as the possibility of 93 days in jail and 360 hours of community service.

A second drunk driving crime for OUIL or OWI can result in 1 year of jail time and in a $1,000 fine. A third alcohol-related driving conviction can cost up to 5,000 dollars in fines and costs and carries the potential of possible prison time.

License Suspension related to Drunk Driving

License suspension also accompanies any drunk driving crime. The suspensions are handed down by the Secretary of State and are a direct effect of what occurs in court. A first offense OWI conviction, for example, will result in 30 day suspended license, followed by 150 days of restricted privileges, allowing you to drive to and from, and during the course of employment, for school, medical care, and any court-related obligations that you may required to attend.

Impaired Driving Conviction

In the case of an "Impaired" driving conviction, the State will suspend the operator’s privileges to drive, but offer a "restricted license" for the 90 period in which the suspension runs. This type of license also allows the person to travel from home to work to community service to school and to alcohol treatment. Proof of destination must be carried at all times in these situations.

Prior Drunk Driving Violations

Prior drunk driving violations can revoke one’s ability to drive altogether. In Michigan, multiple offenses within certain time frames can compel a license revocation to extend for years. The timing of the convictions and the overall driving record play a central role in determining if and when you can drive, and, if so, what needs to be demonstrated in order to reinstate one’s privileges. For a comprehensive discussion of your case and the best method to maintain your license, call or email Joseph Awad for a complete and confidential assessment. (734-507-1333)

Additional Michigan DUI Consequences

There are additional consequences that can attach to a drunk-driving conviction, including the possibility of vehicle immobilization or even forfeiture, the additional of multiple traffic points, and other sanctions the court and State deem proper. Make every effort to distance yourself from the harsh sanctions that await the unprepared drunk driving defendant, and call Attorney Joseph Awad, today.


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