Being charged with a DUI in Ann Arbor can feel overwhelming. From finding an experienced DUI attorney to represent you to attending the arraignment and going through the DUI criminal process can leave you feeling confused and helpless. I invite you to contact my law office if you have recently been charged with a Michigan misdemeanor or felony DUI.
I can protect your legal rights and obtain the best outcome possible. Read on to learn more about the difference between a Michigan misdemeanor and felony DUI.
Michigan Misdemeanor DUI
Driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance is against the law in Michigan. A driver may be charged with a misdemeanor DUI if his/her alcohol blood content (BAC) is above the legal limit of .08%. Most first and second offenders are charged with a misdemeanor DUI. A misdemeanor conviction includes the following fines and penalties:
● Sentenced up to 93 to 180 days in jail
● Between $100 to $700 in fines plus court costs
● Driver’s license suspension for up to 12 months
To obtain a conviction, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were driving under the influence of alcohol. The prosecutor may present evidence regarding your field sobriety tests, breathalyzer and/or chemical test results.
Michigan Felony DUI
If you were previously convicted of two DUIs in Michigan and/or another state with similar DUI laws, you may be subsequently charged with a felony DUI. You may also be charged with a felony conviction if you caused bodily harm or property damage while driving under the influence of alcohol.
Felony DUI convictions are subject to the following fines and penalties:
● Up to 30 days in jail to up to 5 years in prison
● Fines between $200 to $1,000 plus court costs
● Automatic driver’s license revocation of one to five years
● Vehicle immobilization
Hire an experienced attorney if you have been charged with a Michigan felony or misdemeanor DUI. I have helped many individuals and Washtenaw County residents charged with drunk driving avoid convictions, jail time and other negative consequences. Contact my law office to discuss your misdemeanor or felony DUI charge in confidence.