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Michigan DUI Laws

Michigan DUI Laws

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Michigan DUI Laws
 
 
Quick Guide to Michigan DUI Laws and Penalties 
 
 
Michigan DUI Law
 
 
Michigan DUI laws are somewhat relaxed compared to other states, but these penalties and fines are still serious and cause significant problems in your family and job.  This article will discuss specific Michigan DUI laws listed in the state statutes, as well as an overview of penalties and fines in the state.  
 
 
Specific Michigan DUI Laws
 
 
Section 257.625 of the state statutes refers to the majority of Michigan DUI law under the state’s vehicle code.  Some of the sections of this Michigan DUI law are provided below: 
 
 
A person, who is licensed or not, cannot operate a vehicle on a public highway or any other public location, including parking lots, if they are intoxicated.  Being “intoxicated” is defined below: 
 
 
(a) The person is under the influence of alcoholic liquor, a controlled substance, or a combination of both.  
 
 
(b) The person has an alcohol content of 0.08 grams per 100 milliliters of blood, per 210 liters of breath, or per 67 milliliters of urine, or, beginning on October 1, 2013, a content of 0.10 grams per 100 milliliters of blood, per 210 liters of breath, or 67 milliliters of urine.  
 
 
There are many other Michigan DUI laws you’ll want to refer to, and these laws are located under the following link
 
 
Penalties for DUI in Michigan
 
 
Michigan DUI law provides different penalties for varying amounts of offenses.  You have the right to contest the fines and penalties listed below, and if you take such action, you should hire an attorney that specializes in Michigan DUI law.  
 
 
First Offense
 
Jail time- Up to 93 days depending on level of intoxication 
 
Community Service- up to 15 days, or 360 hours
 
License suspension- may receive restricted license after 30 days
 
Driver Responsibility Fee- $1,000 for two years
 
License Points- 6 points
 
Fine- From $100 to $500
 
 
Second Offense
 
Jail time- 5 days to 1 year depending on level of intoxication 
 
Community Service- 30 to 90 days
 
License suspension- minimum suspension of one year
 
Driver Responsibility Fee- $1,000 for two years
 
License Points- 6 points
 
IID- mandatory ignition interlock device
 
Fine- From $200 to $1,000
 
 
Third Offense
 
Jail time- 1 to 5 years
 
Probation- 30 days to 1 year 
 
Community Service- 60 to 180 days
 
License suspension- minimum of one year
 
Driver Responsibility Fee- $1,000 for two years
 
License Points- 6 points
 
IID- mandatory ignition interlock device
 
Fine- From $200 to $1,000
 
Vehicle Immobilization- from 90 days to 180 days
 
 
What happens if I refuse a chemical test?
 
 
According to Michigan DUI laws, you will receive the maximum sentence in most cases if you refuse a chemical test, but you may not lose your license for as long.  Michigan DUI law allows an attorney to reach a plea bargain in some cases, but refusing a chemical test will hurt your chances.  
 
 
According to Ohio DUI laws, you will lose your license for one year for the first offense, and two years for the second and third offense.  
 
 

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