Michigan’s Drunk Driving Laws

Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Laws

Michigan’s anti-drunk and drugged driving laws require swift and sure action and stiff penalties for drivers who violated them. The laws require:

  • Courts to decide drunk driving and drugged driving cases within 77 days after the arrest.
  • A mandatory 6-month driver license suspension, even for a first conviction. The driver may be eligible for a restricted license after serving 30 days of the suspension.
  • A mandatory 1-year driver license suspension for a first conviction of operating with a BAC of .17 or higher. This “High BAC” crime is one of the operating while intoxicated offenses. A High BAC driver may be eligible for a restricted license after serving 45 days of the license suspension, but only if an ignition interlock device is installed on any vehicle the offender owns or intends to operate.
  • Court to order participation in, and successful completion of, 1 or more rehabilitation programs, including alcohol treatment or a self-help program, or another program the court decides is appropriate. The court must order this rehabilitation if the defendant has 1 or more prior convictions, or is convicted of High BAC.
  • Five days to 1 year of consecutive jail time, or 30 to 90 days of community service, or both for a second conviction of drunk or drugged driving.
  • Harsher license sanctions of revocation and denial for persons with multiple drunk or drugged driving convictions.
  • A reinstatement fee of $125 if your driver’s license was suspended, revoked, or restricted.
  • A Driver Responsibility Fee of $1,000 for 2 consecutive years for a driving while intoxicated conviction, including a High BAC conviction.
  • A Driver Responsibility Fee of $500 for 2 consecutive years for convictions for driving while impaired, with any presence of a Schedule 1 drug or cocaine, or child endangerment.

Additionally, the laws make the following drunk and drugged driving offenses felonies:

  • A third conviction in the driver’s lifetime.
  • A conviction for drunk or drugged driving that causes death.
  • A conviction for drunk or drugged driving that causes serious injury to another person.
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Michigan’s Implied Consent Law

If you are arrested for drunk or drugged driving, you are required to take a chemical test to determine your bodily alcohol content (BAC) or the presence of drugs in your body. Under Michigan’s Implied Consent law, all drivers are considered to have given their consent to this test. Refusing to take this test has …

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Teen Drivers and Alcohol in Michigan

Drivers who are between the ages of 16 and 20 are typically the least experienced ones on the road. When alcohol is added to that inexperience, the results can be deadly. Male teenage drivers with a BAC of 0.05 or more are 18 times more likely than a sober male teen driver to be killed …

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Michigan’s High BAC “Super-drunk” Law

High Blood Alcohol Content (BAC of .17 or higher). This is one of the operating while intoxicated crimes, but it has harsher consequences. One or more of the following: Up to 180 days in jail. $200 to $700 fine. Up to 360 hours of community service. Driver’s license suspension for 1 year. Eligible for restrictions after …

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First Offense OWI \ OWVI

Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) $100 to $500 fine and one or more of the following: Up to 93 days in jail. Up to 360 hours of community service. Driver’s license suspension for 30 days, followed by license restrictions for 150 days. Possible vehicle immobilization. Possible ignition interlock. Six points added to driving record. Driver Responsibility …

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Second Offense OWI \ OWVI

Second Offense within 7 Years (any combination): Operating While Intoxicated $200 to $1000 fine, and one or more of the following: 5 days to 1 year in jail. 30 to 90 days of community service Driver’s license revocation and denial for a minimum of 1 year (minimum of 5 years if there was a prior …

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Third Offense OWI \ OWVI

Third Offense Within Lifetime (any combination) is a Felony Operating While Intoxicated $500 to $5,000 fine, and either of the following: 1 to 5 years imprisonment Probation, with 30 days to 1 year in jail. 60 to 180 days community service. Driver’s license revocation and denial if there are 2 convictions within 7 years or …

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Additional Michigan Drunk Driving Laws

Causing Death or Serious Injury if Operating While Intoxicated, Operating While Visibly Impaired, Operating with Any Presence of Drugs, or Operating While License Suspended, Revoked or Denied (First Offense) These crimes are felonies. Death – Up to 15 years imprisonment, or a fine of $2,500 to $10,000, or both. Injury – Up to 5 years imprisonment, or …

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