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Top 5 Consequences of a DUI Conviction

Top 5 Consequences of a DUI Conviction.jpgDriving under the influence of alcohol is the most common criminal offense committed in the United States. If you are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in Ann Arbor, you could face serious repercussions. From paying penalties and fines, to serving time in jail, being convicted of a DUI will impact your life. Read on to learn more about the top 5 consequences of a DUI conviction.

1. Criminal Penalties & Fines

If you are convicted of drunk driving in Ann Arbor, you could face up to 93 days in jail, be required to serve 360 hours of community service, and pay a fine of $100 to $500 as well as a driver responsibility fee of up to $2,000. If you are convicted of a subsequent drunk driving offense, you could face up to 1 year in jail, serve up to 90 days of community service, and pay a $2,000 driver responsibility fee.

If you have been charged with drunk driving in the Washtenaw County area, I invite you to contact my law office for representation. I can provide you with legal guidance and advice on how to best proceed.

2. Driver's License Suspension

Under Michigan's Implied Consent laws, all drivers consent to take a BAC test when asked by the police. This test measures the amount of alcohol in a person's blood. If a driver refuses to take the test, six points will be added to his/her driving record and his/her driver's license will be suspended for one year.

If a person is convicted of drunk driving, his/her driver's license will be suspended for 90 days, 6 months or one year. A subsequent drunk driving conviction will result in a driver's license being revoked for one year. After a revocation, drivers can request an Administrative Hearing to have their license reinstated.

3. Auto Insurance Increase

Following a DUI conviction, your auto insurance will likely increase significantly. Drivers who have been convicted of a DUI are considered "high risk." Your insurance rates will likely increase for a number of years. Depending on the nature of your conviction, your insurance company may terminate your coverage.

4. Employment Background Check

Your employment may be affected by your DUI conviction. From spending time in jail, to serving community service, you may frequently miss work because of the DUI process. This may put your job at risk. If you are looking for a new job, the DUI conviction may appear on your criminal history background check and hinder your job prospects.

5. Civil Lawsuit

You may face a separate civil lawsuit if you were involved in a car wreck while driving under the influence. If the another driver or any passengers suffered injuries, they may seek to sue you for damages. Car insurance may not cover the property or physical damages resulting from your driving under the influence. And, the Michigan Crime Victims Act gives the court authority to order you to pay restitution for the full amount of a victim's out of pocket damages.

Call 734-274-6567 to speak with me about your drunk driving case. As an experienced DUI attorney, I may be able to have the charge asserted against you reduced or completely dismissed. Do not delay in obtaining legal counsel. Doing so could hurt your case.

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