The maximum penalty for OWI is a $500 fine, 93 days in jail, 360 hours of community service, and a mandatory six month driver’s license suspension, with no restricted license for the first 30 days. There is also possible vehicle immobilization, ignition interlock, and six points are added to the driving record.
If you are convicted of operating while visibly impaired, which is considered a lesser offense to operating while intoxicated, it carries a maximum penalty of a $300 fine, 93 days in jail, and 360 hours of community service, plus a 90 day driver’s license suspension or restriction. This suspension does allow for restrictions to allow for driving to work and probation. There is still the possibility of vehicle immobilization, four points on the driving record. If you get a second conviction for operating while intoxicated, a judge could choose to give you up to a $5,000 fine, five days to one year of imprisonment, 30 to 90 days of community service, loss of driver’s license for a minimum of one year, license plate confiscation, and vehicle immobilization for 90 to 100 days, unless the vehicle is forfeited.
A second operating while visibly impaired conviction may mean up to a $1,000 fine, five days to one year of imprisonment, 30 to 90 days of community service, loss of driver’s license for a minimum of one year, license plate confiscation, vehicle immobilization for 90 to 100 days, possible vehicle forfeiture, and four points on your driving record. The penalties continue to increase for subsequent offenses and will be much more severe if they all occur within seven years.
Michigan does not offer diversion programs for OWI offenses. Usually, on a first offense OWI, the OWI charge will be reduced to the lesser charge of operating while visibly impaired. Unfortunately, you are still left with the same sanctions, the same fines, license restrictions, and so forth. The judge can still order community service or an ignition interlock device, as well.
We are very personable, down to earth and very thorough. We will strongly encourage a potential client to get into an alcohol treatment program immediately if we see that there is a need for treatment. We carefully examine and discuss with the client the police report and other related documents by going over the facts to see if there are any technical defenses. If there is an in-car police video, we always request a copy to see if there are any defenses the video may present. If the case goes to trial, we aggressively defend at trial. At a sentencing, we will aggressively argue to the court the merits of the defendant as well as all mitigating factors.
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