In Michigan, for drivers over 21 years of age, the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit is 0.08%. It is against the law to operate a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs. If you violate this law, you will be charged with an OWI offense. However, if charged and convicted of a high BAC (over 0.17%), the penalties and punishments are far greater. Even as a first-time offender, you may face additional jail time, higher fines, and other inflated penalties. Your driver’s license may also be suspended.
If your BAC is over 0.17% and you do not have any prior DUI, OWI, OWPD, DWI, or OUIL convictions, it is likely you will be charged with Super Drunk Driving (or High BAC). Repeat offenders will be charged with subsequent OWI offenses which carry harsher penalties than a first-offense high BAC.
Never plead guilty without first consulting a qualified and reputable defense lawyer. Punishment is much greater if charged and convicted of a high BAC (over 0.17%). A first-time offender may face higher fines, additional jail time, and other enhanced penalties.
A first-time OWI offender without a high BAC faces 93 days in jail (maximum), which a high BAC offender could receive up to 180 days in jail. Other potential penalties may include driver’s license suspension for one year, vehicle immobilization, 360 hours community service, fines of between $200 and $700, 6 points added to driver’s license, court-ordered alcohol addiction or self-help program, and/or possible ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle.
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