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Michigan OWI Information

In Michigan, anyone with a blood alcohol level of .07%, or greater, is considered to be OWI.  This abbreviation means that the driver was operating while visibly impaired.  First time offenders will generally be held in police custody for 4 to 24 hours and will face a fine ranging from $100.00 to $500.00.  Upon conviction, a first offender may be subject to up to 93 days incarceration and/or community service.

Anyone refusing to submit to a blood alcohol content test will face a possible license suspension. In some cases, a restricted license may be issued if the court feels the driver is not a threat to the general public.  This type of temporary license will allow the offender to drive to and from certain places, including work, school, medical appointments and/or treatment programs.

Michigan offenders may be required to undergo some type of alcohol evaluation and/or treatment program if the court deems it necessary.  Any such type of program will be at the offender’s expense and must be completed or the individual may be returned to court for further legal action.

Youthful offenders, who consist of anyone under the age of 21 with any trace of alcohol in their system, will be subject to license restriction for a period of 30 days, a fine of up to $250.00 and up to 360 hours of community service.  Individuals who are involved in a OWI, which causes personal injury or death, may face felony charges and much harsher penalties.  The same is true of anyone who is found to be transporting a child while under the influence, which may result in conviction under Michigan’s misdemeanor child endangerment law that allows for greater fines, possible automobile forfeiture and increased jail time.

Upon conviction or an admission of guilt, OWI offenders are commonly faced with problems relating to their insurance company.  Immediately being labeled as “high risk” drivers, offenders are often dropped by their insurance company altogether or, at the very least, are required to pay much higher rates than before.  In the event that the offender is forced to look for a new insurance provider, he/she may have a difficult time finding a new company who offers high risk policies but, if they do, the rates will likely be extremely high for the amount of coverage granted.





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