Friedman Law Firm

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ROYAL OAK DRUNK DRIVING LAWYER

Michigan’s stance on drunk driving involves many hard-and-fast rules. However, there is ample room for negotiation within the legal limits. Friedman Law Firm will assess the particulars of your case and push for the results you seek.

In Michigan, drunk driving is one of the most prosecuted crimes. Michigan refers to drunk driving offenses as “Operating While Intoxicated” (OWI) rather than “Driving Under the Influence” (DUI). Whatever the label, this type of offense is often associated with other crimes such as driving while under the influence of narcotics (even if prescribed by your physician) or boating while under the influence.


Possible Penalties For A Michigan DUI

Usual results are one or more of the following:

  • Jail time
  • Hefty fines
  • License repeal
  • Probation
  • Random drug and alcohol testing
  • Educational classes
  • Community service

Michigan DUI Blood Alcohol Content Limits

Michigan has rigorous blood alcohol content (BAC) limits, set forth in the state’s Impaired Driving Law:

Age BAC Limit
Under 21 .00 No tolerance
Over 21 .08 or greater
Commercial .04 or greater

No matter their BAC, Michigan drivers showing signs of impairment can be arrested. It is a crime for drivers to have a BAC of .08 or greater if over age 21 or .02 or greater if under 21. What’s more, under Michigan’s high-BAC law, drivers found with a BAC of .17 or higher will be charged with additional penalties.


Consequences For First-Time Michigan DUI Offenders

Specific consequences for first-time offenders, based on the BAC, are as follows:

Penalty BAC below .17 BAC .17 or higher
Monetary Fine Up to $500 Up to $700
Jail Sentence Up to 93 days Up to 180 days
Community Service Up to 360 hours Up to 360 hours
License Suspension Up to 180 days Up to 1 year
Points on License 6 points 6 points
Alcohol Treatment Program N/A Mandatory completion
Ignition Interlock on Vehicle N/A Follows license suspension of 45 days or more
Driver incurs cost of installation upkeep   Required to obtain a restricted license

Additional Penalties For Convicted Drunk Drivers

Beyond these consequences, convicted drunk drivers may face additional penalties — especially if they have been previously charged with drunk driving or a related act in Michigan.

  • Extra $1,000 penalty for two consecutive years under the Driver Responsibility Act.
  • Automatic 1-year license suspension for refusing a breath test.
  • Automatic 2-year license suspension for 2nd refusal of a breath test within 7 years.
  • Automatic 5-year license suspension for 3rd refusal of a breath test within 7 years.

The legal consequences of driving drunk are determined not only by the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC), but also the circumstances leading to arrest. These details determine whether a DUI is a felony, misdemeanor, or lesser charge reached in a plea bargain.


Royal Oak DUI Lawyer

Because every outcome has life-altering possibilities, the experienced legal team of Friedman Law Firm will review every aspect of your case, including driving and criminal history, police report, breath tests, and roadside behavior. If you are ready to begin safeguarding your future following a drunk driving incident, we are standing by for your free consultation.

For help with your Michigan drunk driving case, please contact Friedman Law Firm today.