One of the most damaging charges to have on one’s record is a felony DUI. It can come with many negative consequences including prolonged jail time, massive fines, mandatory use of an ignition interlock device and others. In addition, employers will often lose interest in an applicant who has a felony DUI. Having a felony DUI on their record will affect Michigan residents for the rest of their lives.
One Michigan man currently faces a pair of felony charges after he allegedly injured another motorist. The accident occurred as a 56-year-old was driving his truck down the road when another truck apparently crossed over the centerline and struck his vehicle. The other driver was a 21-year-old man, who according to police was legally impaired. After police allegedly took a 0.23 blood alcohol sample from the man two hours after the crash, police determined the driver was drunk.
The young man now faces two felony DUI charges including operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing serious injury and operating a motor vehicle while license suspended causing serious injury. The charges could both result in a maximum five-year felony prison sentence. Once the word “felony” is added to any DUI or DWI sentencing, the offender can face a lifetime of damages even after all the fines and jail time conclude. Any time a Michigan driver has three or more DUI’s, that individual is usually charged with a felony.
For those individuals facing felony DUI charges, it is imperative to carefully consider how they will defend themselves. The courts have the power to issue serious penalties that can still linger in one’s life decades after the incident. A legal professional may be able to assist any Michigan resident facing a felony DUI charge with a strong defense.
Source: Mlive, “Au Gres man charged with felonies in Bay County stemming from alleged drunken driving crash,” Cole Waterman, April 3, 2013