Michigan lawmakers consider driving under the influence a serious offense. Because of this, the penalties for those who have prior DUIs on their record are much greater than for a first-time offender. If you have recently been charged and arrested for a Michigan DUI second offense, you should contact a law firm that has experience with DUI law as quickly as possible.
The Michigan criminal status for a second offense is a misdemeanor. The jail time for this offense ranges from five days to one year.
The court will order you to pay (up to thosands of dollars) in fines and court costs.
Being convicted of a second offense will lead to a hard one-year revocation regardless of if you are convicted of OWVI, OWI, UBAL or OUIL. Any alcohol related conviction within 7 years will result in the minimum one year revocation. But there is no guarantee that after one year you will get your license back. You may not. This is why in Michigan we really have lifetime revocation - you just have a right to request a hearing after one year. In addition to license revocation by the Secretary of State, the judge will also order you to have your vehicle immobilized.
Mandatory attendance at a DUI/OWI School may be required as part of your sentencing. You will also be ordered to perform 30-90 days of community service.
The penalties for a second Zero Tolerance Law violation include a maximum of 60 days of community service,extremly high fines, and a maximum of 93 days in confinement.
For second-time offenders, having an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles may be required as a condition of probation. This device is used to measure the driver's blood alcohol content (BAC) before the vehicle may start. If the driver's BAC is over a preset limit, the car will not start and the probation office will be informed of this violation.
There are other non-court-related consequences that may occur as a result of a second DUI conviction. When your auto insurance company learns of the DUI/OWI on your record, your rates will skyrocket or your coverage may be dropped altogether. The same may happen to your health and life insurance policies, as you would fall into a high risk category.
A second DUI offense triggers the provisions of The Interstate Compact. This means that while you are on probation, you may not be allowed to move to a new state.
Are you ready to fight your Michigan DUI second offense? If so, contact the Law Offices of Patrick T. Barone today.