Operate While Intoxicated or Impaired

Michigan Penalties Drunk Driving First, Second, Third OffenseSuper Drunk Driving, Operate While Intoxicated or Impaired

Michigan drinking and driving laws are among the toughest in the country. A second or third offense is devastating with penalties including possible prison and indefinite license revocation. ABDO LAW will aggressively defend anyone charged with a Michigan drinking driving offense including Super Drunk, Child Endangerment or Zero Tolerance in all Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair and Wayne County Courts, including:

And the Grosse Pointe Municipal Courts

Grosse Pointe City Municipal Court
Grosse Pointe Farms Municipal Court
Grosse Pointe Woods Municipal Court
Grosse Pointe Park Municipal Court
Grosse Pointe Shores Municipal Court

We recommend that our clients appear at Court at least 15 minutes early for any scheduled proceeding. Some courts (such as Royal Oak and Troy) do not allow cell phones. Appropriate attire is recommended.

Drinking and Driving Penalties

1st Offense, Operate While Impaired (OWVI)

  • License Sanctions
  • Maximum Jail
  • Maximum Fine
  • Community Service
  • Vehicle Immobilization
  • Driver Responsibility Fee
  • Points
  • Restricted for 90 days, 180 days if impaired by controlled substance
  • 93 days
  • $300.00, plus costs
  • Up to 360 hours
  • Discretionary
  • $500.00 per year for 2 years
  • 4

1st Offense: Operate While Intoxicated, *BAC .08% or Greater (OWI)
Or With the Presence of Schedule 1 Drugs or Cocaine (OWPD)

  • License Sanctions
  • Maximum Jail
  • Probation
  • Maximum Fine
  • Community Service
  • Vehicle Immobilization
  • Driver Responsibility Fee
  • Points
  • Suspend 30 days, restrict 150 days
  • 93 days
  • Maximum 2 years
  • $500.00, plus costs
  • Up to 360 hours
  • Discretionary
  • $1,000.00 per year for 2 years
  • 6

2nd Offense
Within 7 Years of prior OWI, OWPD, OWVI, OUID or 1 Zero Tolerance

  • License Sanctions
  • Maximum Jail
  • Probation
  • Maximum Fine
  • Community Service
  • Vehicle Immobilization
  • License Plate Action
  • Driver Responsibility Fee
  • Indefinite revocation, minimum 1 year
  • 5 days to 1 year
  • Maximum 2 years
  • $200.00 to $1,000.00, plus costs
  • 30 to 90 days
  • 90 to 180 days unless forfeited
  • Confiscated
  • Impaired = $500.00 per year for 2 years
  • OWI = $1,000.00 per year for 2 years

Super Drunk Driving (*High BAC of .17% or Greater)

  • License Sanctions
  • Maximum Jail
  • Probation
  • Maximum Fine
  • Community Service
  • Driver Responsibility Fees
  • Points
  • 45 days suspension followed by 320 days restricted with ignition interlock
  • 180 days
  • Maximum 2 years
  • $200.00 to $700.00, plus costs
  • Discretionary
  • $1,000.00 per year for 2 years
  • 6

3rd Lifetime Offenses
Includes out of state offenses, and combination of lifetime prior OWI, OWPD, OWVI, OUID and 1 Zero Tolerance

  • License Sanctions
  • Maximum Jail
  • Probation:
  • Maximum Fine
  • Community Service
  • Vehicle Immobilization
  • License Plate Action
  • Registration of Vehicles
  • Indefinite revocation for 3 offenses within 10 years
  • 1 to 5 years in prison or, probation with 30 days to 1 year in jail
  • Maximum 5 years
  • $500.00 to $5,000.00, plus costs
  • 60 to 180 days
  • 1 to 3 years unless forfeited
  • Confiscated
  • Denied

In addition to the above:

  • License revocation for a minimum of 1 year for any 2 offenses within 7 years and 3 offenses within 10 years. A second revocation is for a minimum of 5 years.
  • Mandatory substance abuse assessments for all drinking and driving cases.
  • Municipal or police response/arrest costs.
  • Court costs can be as high as $1,000.00 or more.
  • Probation oversight expenses can cost $10.00 to $50.00 per month
  • Destruction of driver’s license and issuance of paper license (625g) upon arrest
  • Random testing and court ordered counseling program costs
  • Possible ignition interlock as a condition of sentence
  • Driver license reinstatement fee

*Estimated Blood Alcohol Content Chart

The stakes are high when you get a DUI! Make an appointment with the ABDO LAW firm in Clinton Township immediately and let our defense lawyers manage your case from start to finish.

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