Drunk driving is more than a traffic violation - it is a serious crime with lasting consequences. If you have recently been charged with driving under the influence in Michigan, it is important to hire a qualified DUI attorney to provide a thorough defense and to ensure that your rights are upheld during your legal proceedings.
Michigan DUI penalties are not limited to court-related consequences; in fact, there are many other consequences that may occur in your personal life that stem from a drunk-driving conviction.
If you are convicted of a DUI in Michigan, it is on your record forever - a drunk-driving offense is not eligible for expunction. For a misdemeanor, you face up to one year in jail. If convicted of felony DUI, you might spend up to five years in prison. You can pay up to $5,000 in fines (plus surcharges) and you may be ordered to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle, at your expense. Driving under the influence is also the only motor vehicle offense that is tracked by the FBI's database.
Your driver's license will be suspended or revoked, though the length will vary depending on prior drinking and driving convictions. Multiple offenders have lifetime license revocations, though they may be eligible to request a hearing for reinstatement.
If convicted of DUI, your auto insurance rates will go up and you will be required to have an SR-22 policy for three years. Your life insurance company may deny your policy or even raise your rates, considering you high risk. The same applies to your health insurance, if you have an individual policy.
A DUI conviction can also affect your employment. When applying for a job, you will be forced to check the "yes" box that asks if you have any convictions on your record. Some employers will terminate employees immediately if convicted of drunk driving. There are also some professional licenses that may be revoked for having a DUI on your record.
As you can see, the consequences of a DUI conviction are life altering. If you have questions about Michigan DUI penalties, you should contact the Law Offices of Patrick T. Barone. The attorneys at this firm are known for their experience, dedication, and knowledge. Contact them today for a consultation.