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What to Expect if You are Arrested and Charged with Drunk Driving DUI

When you are arrested and charged with Drunk Driving DUI

You cannot predict exactly what will happen if you are arrested for Drunk Driving. That decision will be made by the prosecutor and how you are charged. If you decide to plead guilty without going to trial, the Judge will determine the penalties you face. And if the matter does goes to trial, the decision of your guilt or innocence will be made by the jury. You need an attorney who will look at all the facts and help you make the best decision on how to proceed.

REMEMBER , AN ALCOHOL RELATED DRIVING CONVICTION WILL REMAIN ON YOUR RECORD FOR LIFE

The prosecution has resources that you don't:

  • Prosecuting attorneys that specialize in DUI cases.
  • Trained police officers who make experienced witnesses.
  • Laws that are passed to make it difficult for you to prevail.
  • Plenty of tax dollars to make sure they win.

If You are Convicted for Operating While Intoxicated (DUI, OWI, OUIL, OWVI), You Could Face:

  • First Offense: If you are charged with your first drunk driving offense, you may face a $100 to $500 fine, up to 93 days in jail, up to 360 hours of community service, suspension of your license for 30 days, followed by restrictions for 150 days, possible vehicle immobilization, possible ignition interlock, six points added to your driving record, and a $1,000 Driver Responsibility Fee for two consecutive years.
  • Second Offense: If you get a second conviction for OWI within seven years, the judge could choose to give you a $200 to $1,000 fine, five days to one year in jail, thirty to 90 days community service, driver license denial or revocation for a minimum of one year, license plate confiscation, vehicle immobilization for 90 to 180 days unless your vehicle is forfeited, possible vehicle forfeiture, six points on your driving record, and a $1,000 Driver Responsibility Fee for two consecutive years.
  • Third Offense: If you have been convicted of either OWI or OWVI twice before, and are then convicted for OWI, it's considered a felony. You'll face a $500 to $5,000 fine, one to five years imprisonment, probation with 30 days to one year in jail, sixty to 180 days community service, driver license denial or revocation for a minimum five years, license plate confiscation, vehicle immobilization for one to three years unless the vehicle is forfeited, possible vehicle forfeiture, registration denial, six points added to your driving record and a $1,000 Driver Responsibility Fee for two consecutive years.

If You are Arrested and Convicted of Operating While Visibly Impaired (OVWI), You Could Face:

  • First Offense: If you are charged with your first DWVI offense, you may face a $100 to $300 fine, up to 93 days to one year in jail, up to 90 days of community service, a restricted license for up to 90 days, possible vehicle immobilization, possible ignition interlock, four points added to your driving record, and a $500 Driver Responsibility Fee for two consecutive years.
  • Second Offense: If you are charged with your second DWVI offense, you may face a $200 to $500 fine, 5 days in jail, up to 360 hours of community service, driver license confiscation, possible vehicle immobilization unless your vehicle is confiscated, vehicle confiscation, four points added to your driving record, and a $500 Driver Responsibility Fee for two consecutive years.
  • Third Offense: If you are charged with your third DWVI offense, you may face a $500 to $1000 fine, 1 to 5 years in prison, 60 to 180 days of community service, driver license revocation for a minimum of 5 years, vehicle immobilization for 1 to 3 years unless your vehicle is confiscated, possible vehicle confiscation, registration denial, four points added to your driving record, and a $500 Driver Responsibility Fee for two consecutive years.

If Your Drive While Your License is Suspended or Revoked

Driving while your license is suspended or revoked for a DUI is a serious matter. You may face jail and/or community service time for each conviction, and the length of the suspension will be extended. You may also face forfeiture of the vehicle you were driving.

How we can help if you are arrested

If you are arrested for Drunk Driving, (OWI/DUI or DWVI), you need an experienced and aggressive attorney who understands the laws and will fight to protect your record and your driver license. The Law Office of James G. Schmier, PLLC, will examine every aspect of your arrest, consider all the facts, and advise you on what may be the best resolution to the matter you face, Remember, the police have resources you don't so don't even think of going it alone. An aggressive and experienced attorney may be the best investment you will ever make.

The Law Office of James G. Schmier, PLLC is a Criminal Defense, Drunk Driving DUI and Family Law and Divorce law firm and provides legal representation in Wayne County, Oakland County, Macomb County and throughout Michigan including these Michigan cities:

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