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Michigan DUI Laws (OWI OWVI)

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The maximum prescribed legal BAC limit in Michigan is 0.08% per se
(effective from Sep 30th 2003)

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Michigan Drunk Driving Laws

(If you’ve been charged with Michigan OWI, the law allows 14 days for your Michigan OWI - DUI Lawyer to make a request with the Drivers Assessment and Appeals Division for a hearing to save your driving license)

DUI (Driving Under the Influence), OWI (Operating While Intoxicated), and OWVI (Operating While Visibly Impaired) are all terms used to describe drunk driving charges in the state of Michigan.

!! CAUTION - OPERATING WHILE VISIBLY IMPAIRED !!
(OWVI)

You can be charged without being over the prescribed legal BAC limit.

The prosecution must show that the driver was IMPAIRED by alcohol and/or drugs. The level of impairment is usually based on observations and evidence of driving ability (or rather inability), physical appearance, field sobriety tests, chemical test results and any other relevant evidence which can help prove a persons driving ability was indeed impaired. Different amounts of alcohol can affect people in different ways, what may impair one persons driving ability and make them feel drunk, might not necessarily impair another persons driving ability.

You can be charged with this offence regardless of your BAC level, as long as impairment can be proved to the legal extent necessary.


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Michigan OWI Laws and BAC limits

ALL DRIVERS - BAC LIMIT = 0.08%
In the State of Michigan it is crime for ANY driver to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content - concentration) of 0.08% and above.

COMMERCIAL DRIVERS - BAC LIMIT = 0.04%
It is a crime for commercial vehicle operators to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content - concentration) of 0.04% or above.

MINOR (under the age of 21) - BAC LIMIT = 0.02%
It is a crime for persons under 21 years of age to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content - concentration) of 0.02% or above.

It is a crime to refuse to submit to a chemical test in Michigan and implied consent laws are enforced.

Penalties for OWI - Drunk Driving in Michigan

Michigan is a state with a seven-year ‘washout period’ also known as a 'look back period'.

NOTE: OWI and OWVI
OWI (operating a vehicle while intoxicated) is classed as operating a vehicle with enough alcohol and/or drugs in a persons body to substantially affect their ability to operate the vehicle safely or operating a vehicle with a BAC of 0.08 or more.
OWI Penalties

OWVI (operating a vehicle while visibly impaired) is operating a vehicle with enough alcohol and/or drugs in a persons body to make the visibly impaired to do so.
OWVI Penalties

OWI PENALTIES


First OWI - Drunk Driving Conviction - MISDEMEANOR

The penalty for a first OWI - drunk driving conviction in Michigan:

  • Fine: $100 to $500 fine ($200 to $700 if BAC 0.17 or more (super drunk / high bac))
  • Jail: up to 93 days in jail (180 days if BAC 0.17 or more (super drunk / high bac))
  • License Suspension: 180 days drivers license suspension (1 year drivers license suspension if BAC 0.17 or more (super drunk / high bac)) (ignition interlock restricted license may be available after first 30 days of suspension)
  • Ignition Interlock: possible ignition interlock restriction for a period of at least 1 year upon license re-instatement
  • up to 360 hours community service
  • alcohol screening and assessment followed by any treatment programs required
  • possible vehicle immobilization
  • 6 points added to driving record
  • Michigan SR22 insurance requirement

Second OWI - Drunk Driving Conviction - MISDEMEANOR

The penalty for a second OWI - drunk driving conviction in Michigan:

  • Fine: $200 to $1,000 fine
  • Jail: 5 days to 1 year in jail
  • License Revocation : 1 year drivers license revocation
  • Ignition Interlock: possible ignition interlock restriction for a period of at least 1 year upon license re-instatement
  • 30 to 90 days community service
  • alcohol screening and assessment followed by any treatment programs required
  • license plate confiscated
  • vehicle immobilization 90 to 180 days unless vehicle is forfeited
  • 6 points added to driving record
  • Michigan SR22 insurance requirement

Third (and subsequent) OWI - Drunk Driving Conviction - Felony

A third offense is classed as a felony regardless of when previous offenses were committed.

The penalty for a third OWI - drunk driving conviction in Michigan:

  • Fine: $500 to $5,000 fine
  • Jail: 1 to 5 years imprisonment OR probation & 30 days to 1 year in jail
  • License Revocation: minimum 5 year drivers license revocation
  • 60 to 180 days community service
  • Ignition Interlock: possible ignition interlock restriction for a period of at least 1 year upon license re-instatement
  • alcohol screening and assessment followed by any treatment programs required
  • license plate confiscated
  • vehicle immobilization 1 to 3 years unless vehicle is forfeited
  • registration denial
  • 6 points added to driving record
  • SR22 insurance requirement

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OWVI PENALTIES


First OWVI - Drunk Driving Conviction - MISDEMEANOR

The penalty for a first OWVI - drunk driving conviction in Michigan:

  • Fine: up to $300 fine
  • Jail: up to 93 days in jail
  • License Suspension: 90 days driver license suspension
  • (ignition interlock restricted license may be available for entire period of suspension)
  • Ignition Interlock: possible ignition interlock restriction for a period of at least 1 year upon license re-instatement
  • up to 360 hours community service
  • up to 360 hours community service
  • alcohol screening and assessment followed by any treatment programs required
  • possible vehicle immobilization
  • 4 points added to driving record
  • Michigan SR22 insurance requirement

Second OWVI - Drunk Driving Conviction - MISDEMEANOR

The penalty for a second OWVI - drunk driving conviction in Michigan:

  • Fine: $200 to $1,000 fine
  • Jail: 5 days to 1 year in jail
  • License Revocation: minimum 1 year driver license revocation
  • license plate confiscation
  • Ignition Interlock: possible ignition interlock restriction for a period of at least 1 year upon license re-instatement
  • 30 to 90 days community service
  • alcohol screening and assessment followed by any treatment programs required
  • vehicle immobilization 90 to 180 days unless vehicle is forfeited.
  • 4 points added to driving record
  • Michigan SR22 insurance requirement

Third (and subsequent) OWVI - Drunk Driving Conviction - Felony

A third offense is classed as a felony regardless of when previous offenses were committed.

The penalty for a third OWVI - drunk driving conviction in Michigan:

  • Fine: $500 to $5,000 fine
  • Jail: 1 to 5 years in prison OR probation & 30 days to 1 year in jail
  • License Revocation: minimum 5 years driver license revocation
  • license plate confiscation
  • Ignition Interlock: possible ignition interlock restriction for a period of at least 1 year upon license re-instatement
  • 60 to 180 days community service
  • alcohol screening and assessment followed by any treatment programs required
  • vehicle immobilization 1 to 3 years unless forfeited
  • 4 points added to driving record
  • Michigan SR22 insurance requirement

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Implied consent LAWS

Implied Consent Chemical Testing

It is an offense to refuse to submit to a chemical test in Michigan and implied consent laws are enforced.

Penalties for refusing to submit to a chemical test in Michigan

In Michigan, if the accused refuses to take a chemical test of their blood, breath or urine, their drivers license will be suspended/revoked.

First chemical test refusal

Second (and subsequent) chemical test refusal

If a person refuses to take a Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) at the roadside, this will be classed as a civil infraction and they can be fined up to $150 plus court costs.

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Minimum liability insurance requirements for private passenger vehicles in the state of Michigan

The minimum mandatory liability insurance coverage required in the state of Michigan for private passenger vehicles is (20/40/10). This equates to the following liability coverage:

  • $20,000 bodily injury liability (BIL) per person
  • $40,000 for two or more people in one accident
  • $10,000 property damage liability (PDL) coverage

You must also carry personal injury protection (PIP) and property protection insurance (PPI).

What is (BIL) Bodily Injury Liability insurance?

(BIL) Bodily Injury Liability insurance coverage will pay for serious and permanent injury or death to other people when a crash is caused by the insured. An auto insurance company will pay for injuries up to the limits specified in an insurance policy and will provide legal representation for the insured in the event someone tries to sue them.

What is (PDL) Property Damage Liability insurance?

(PDL) Property Damage Liability insurance coverage pays for damages an insured driver or members of an insured drivers family cause (and are liable for) to other people's property in a crash involving a motor vehicle.

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Disclaimer: While every effort is made to keep all information up to date, the Michigan drunk driving laws change frequently and the information provided on this web site should not be construed as legal advice, nor is it necessarily complete. Drinkdriving.org shall not be held responsible for any actions a person may take as a result of information gathered from this web site. Consultation with a local Michigan DUI lawyer is recommended in all cases.

 

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Latest Michigan OWI News

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018 07:40:33 GMT

Michigan woman arrested on I-94 for OWI with kids in car - Chippewa Herald


Michigan woman arrested on I-94 for OWI with kids in car
Chippewa Herald
Shortly before 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, a 25-year-old woman from Detroit, Mich. was arrested June 17, 2018 for operating a motor vehicle under the influence, first offense, with two children in the vehicle under the age of 16. When troopers from Eau Claire ...


Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:17:36 GMT

Police: Drunken driver crosses oncoming lanes of US 30 Thursday to crash into Valparaiso jeweler building - nwitimes.com


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Police: Drunken driver crosses oncoming lanes of US 30 Thursday to crash into Valparaiso jeweler building
nwitimes.com
The driver, Christopher Youngblood, 52, of Michigan City, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and faces a drunken driving charge, police said. The crash occurred about 6 ... Number : 1802965. Charges : A MIS MV/OWI, ENDANGERS A ...

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Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:57:37 GMT

Prosecutor: Sex charge involving child is just first stemming from churches in South Haven, Indiana, and Michigan - nwitimes.com


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Prosecutor: Sex charge involving child is just first stemming from churches in South Haven, Indiana, and Michigan
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VALPARAISO ? A 29-year-old South Haven, Indiana, woman has been charged with having sex with a 15-year-old boy in what is expected to be a growing case linked to churches in South Haven and Michigan. ... Charges : A MIS MV/OWI, ENDANGERS A ...


Fri, 08 Jun 2018 21:21:04 GMT

Youth leader of South Haven church faces charges involving sexual misconduct with minor; pastor charged with failure ... - nwitimes.com


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Youth leader of South Haven church faces charges involving sexual misconduct with minor; pastor charged with failure ...
nwitimes.com
Age : 24. Residence: HANNA, IN. Booking Number : 1802965. Charges : A MIS MV/OWI, ENDANGERS A .... Residence: LAKE STATION, IN. Booking Number: 1803023. Charges: MIS MV/OWI, ENDANGERS; MIS POSS SYNTHETIC DRUG; MIS MV/OWI ...


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