Advocating for your freedom in drunk driving cases

If you are convicted for Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) or Operating While Visibly Impaired (OWVI), you face harsh drunk driving penalties. These include a fine, suspension of your driver’s license and a possible jail sentence. In addition, your insurance premiums will skyrocket. If you are ever convicted for OWI or OWVI again, the penalties will be even more severe.

But, not every OWI arrest results in a conviction. Depending on the circumstances of your case, it may be possible to obtain a dismissal of the charge or reduction to a nonalcohol driving offense.

OWI penalties

The penalties for an OWI conviction in Michigan are as follows:

First Offense (blood alcohol content under .17)

  • Fine — up to $500
  • Driver responsibility payment — $1,000 each year for two years
  • Jail — up to 93 days
  • Community service — up to 360 hours
  • License suspension — up to 180 days
  • 6 points on your driver’s license
  • OWI conviction on your record permanently

First Offense (blood alcohol content over .17)

  • Fine — up to $700
  • Driver responsibility payment — $1,000 each year for two years
  • Jail — up to 180 days
  • Community service — up to 360 hours
  • License suspension — up to one year
  • 6 points on your driver’s license
  • Mandatory completion of an alcohol treatment program
  • Ignition interlock required to obtain a restricted driver’s license

Second Offense (blood alcohol content under .17)

  • Fine — up to $1,000
  • Driver responsibility payment — $1,000 each year for two years
  • Jail — up to one year
  • Community service — up to 720 hours
  • License suspension — one year
  • 6 points on your driver’s license
  • Possible ignition interlock

Under 21 — First Offense (any level of alcohol)

  • Fine — up to $250
  • License reinstatement fee — $125
  • Driver responsibility payment — $200 each year for two years
  • Community service
  • Restricted license — 30 days
  • 4 points on your driver’s license

Our goal, whenever possible, is to avoid conviction. If this is not possible, we will work to minimize the penalties you face.

These penalties are not set in stone, and the legislature could make them harsher in the future. If you have an OWI conviction on your record and you commit a subsequent OWI offense, you could be facing much harsher penalties. That’s why it is important to do everything you can to avoid conviction now.

Barberi Law will be your strong advocate, working tenaciously to protect your rights and preserve your freedom.

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For a consultation with a Mount Pleasant or Midland, Michigan, OWI defense lawyer, contact Barberi Law.