What is a Felony DUI?
Driving under the influence (DUI) in Michigan can be categorized as a misdemeanor DUI or a felony DUI. Depending on the circumstances, the consequences for a first offense misdemeanor DUI usually entail fines, driver’s license sanctions, and jail time (less than one year). However, since felony DUIs are considered a more severe crime, the penalties are much harsher. Here’s what you need to know.
Examples of a Felony DUI
In Michigan, driving under the influence can be related to the following two types of offenses:
OWI (Operating While Intoxicated)
Being charged with an OWI means that alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicating substance in your body significantly affected your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. For example, a driver’s chemical test results show a BAC of 0.08% or higher.
OWVI (Operating a Vehicle While Visibly Impaired)
An OWVI is a lesser charge than an OWI. Law enforcement may charge an individual with an OWVI if chemical testing does not confirm the presence of an illicit substance or an illegal amount of alcohol. For example, a driver’s chemical test results show a BAC under the legal limit, which is 0.08%.
Some examples of a felony DUI may include the below scenarios:
- Drunk driving that resulted in the death or catastrophic injury of another person or passenger.
- Unintentional killing of another person with a vehicle (vehicle manslaughter).
- Assault with a deadly weapon -- a vehicle used to harm another intentionally, can be considered a deadly weapon.
- Having three or more DUI offenses.
- Drunk driving with children passengers in the vehicle.
Penalties for a Felony DUI in Michigan
The consequences someone may face when charged with a DUI can include the following:
- Jail time (up to 15 years)
- Fines (up to $10,000)
- Driver’s license suspension
- Community service
- Car impoundment
- Loss or denial of a professional license (e.g., medicine, law, teaching, or other licensed professions.)
- Loss of privileges (the right to vote, the right to possess and carry a firearm, or the ability to join the military)
Charged With a Felony DUI? We Are Here For You
Being charged with a felony DUI is a scary situation, and when facing severe consequences such as jail time and fines, the experience can be that much more daunting. Fighting a DUI charge is complicated. It’s critical to have an experienced lawyer on your side to receive the possible outcome in your case.
At Grewal Law PLLC, our team brings over a decade of handling DUI cases. We are here to defend your rights and help you navigate the legal system so you can rest assured that your best interest is in mind.
Call Grewal Law PLLC at (888) 211-5798 to schedule a consultation and learn your rights.