Being convicted of drunk driving in Ann Arbor can result in serious consequences. Not only will you be subjected to paying hefty court fines and penalties, but your ability to drive and serving jail time can also be costly. Read on to learn more about what to expect when being convicted of drunk driving in Washtenaw County.
Ignition Interlock Device
If you are convicted of High BAC or Super Drunk Driving and/or repeatedly convicted of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol (OWI), you will be required to install an ignition interlock device into your vehicle. Convicted drunk drivers often complain that the devices are a bit intrusive. A common annoyance amongst the drivers is the repeated breath testing that is required while operating the vehicle. Additionally, because the BAC level is relatively low (the vehicle will not start if the driver’s BAC registers between .02% to .04%), if a driver consumes one drink, the vehicle will not start. Further, family and friends will likely see the device in your vehicle and likely know that you were convicted of drunk driving.
Depending on the nature of your OWI conviction, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device into your vehicle.
Sobriety Court Program
Michigan’s sobriety court program is primarily for repeat or second drunk driving offenders. It enables repeat or second offenders to undergo an alternate sentencing option for their DUI conviction.
The Sobriety Court is for individuals who have at least two misdemeanor drunk driving convictions, or who have high blood alcohol content over .17 at the time of their drunk driving arrest.
Typically, individuals who pled guilty to the drunk driving charges asserted against them can petition to attend Sobriety Courts, in lieu of serving jail time. Each Sobriety Court has a residency requirement.
The great thing about the sobriety court program is that is allows convicted drunk drivers to receive clinical counseling regarding their drunk driving addiction in lieu of serving jail time. It also allows the convicted drunk driver to obtain driving privileges sooner than with a non-sobriety court conviction. Its key focus is to help program participants stay sober and prevent repeat drunk driving. If you have been convicted multiple times of drunk driving, you may qualifiy for a Michigan sobriety court program.
Driver License Issues
If you are convicted of drunk driving in Michigan, your driver’s license may be suspended or revoked. If you are a commercial truck driver or otherwise need your license for your job, this may impede your employment opportunities.
A petitioner seeking license restoration must provide “clear and convincing evidence” that they are no longer a risk on the road. The burden is very high. Petitioners cannot request a DAAD license restoration hearing until after the revocation/denial period has expired.
I recommend you contact an attorney to discuss how to restore your driving privileges.
Keep in mind that a guilty verdict can also affect your employment opportunities. It is important to hire an OWI attorney in the Ann Arbor area if you are charged with impaired driving. Do not wait until the last minute to retain counsel. Doing so may result in costly consequences.
I invite you to contact me for a consultation. You can reach me directly at 734-274-6567 or via email.
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