In Michigan, the drunk-driving law makes it unlawful for those over the age of 21 to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or above. For commercial drivers and minors these limits are even lower. If you are found with a BAC over the legal limit, you will be charged with OWI.
Michigan also has an Operating While Visibly Impaired (OWVI) law. You may be charged with this crime if your ability to drive was visibly impaired by the alcohol and/or drugs in your system.
If you have been charged with a third drunk-driving offense in Michigan, it is critical you speak with an experienced DUI/OWI defense attorney immediately. A third offense is classified as a felony, which is far more serious than a misdemeanor.
For a third DUI offense, you may spend between one to five years in prison. The court will also order you to pay fines ranging from $500 to $5,000 and perform 60 to 180 days of community service.
Your driver's license will be revoked for at least five years, though this revocation could last for the rest of your life if you do not win an administrative license restoration hearing with the Secretary of State's Driver Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD). The court will also confiscate your license plate and have your vehicle immobilized for one to three years, if it isn't forfeited altogether. You will be blocked from registering a motor vehicle and must pay a $1,000 driver responsibility fee for the next two years.
You may wonder if it is worth hiring a DUI/OWI defense attorney. Because repeat offenders face higher penalties, as well as prison time, you have to ask yourself if you can afford not to hire an experienced DUI attorney.
To discuss your Michigan third DUI offense with an attorney who is knowledgeable about drunk-driving law, contact The Law Offices of Patrick T. Barone today. The attorneys at this firm are known for winning cases and for their dedication to protecting their client's right. Call them for a consultation on your DUI/OWI case.