Understanding DUI Laws in Michigan
Making the decision to get behind the wheel after having a few drinks can significantly impair your driving ability — and put you at high risk for causing a severe accident that could injure others — and what’s sure to follow is a DUI arrest.
Having a DUI conviction can come with many consequences, such as losing your driving privileges, jail time, and higher insurance rates. Additionally, a DUI conviction will remain permanently on your criminal record. Here’s what you need to know.
Points on Your License
While your DUI conviction will stay on your criminal record forever, the points on your driving record will remain for two years with 6 points. However, in some cases, and with the assistance of an experienced attorney, you may be able to get a lesser charge, known as an OWVI (operating while visibly impaired). An OWVI will put 4 points on your driving record. Like a DUI, an OWVI will permanently remain on your driving record.
Driver’s License Suspension
If you are issued a license suspension, your driving privileges may be suspended for 30 days to 1 year, depending on your case and criminal history. In some cases, a DUI can result in the revocation of your license, which means you lose your driving privileges forever. The following will constitute a revocation of your driver’s license:
- You have two DUI convictions within seven years. You may try to get your license back after waiting one year from your last DUI conviction.
- You have three or more DUI convictions within ten years. You may try to get your license back after waiting at least five years from your last DUI conviction.
Getting your license back requires you to have a hearing. Afterward, a hearing officer will make a decision, based on documentation proving that you are sober and will remain sober. When it comes to restoring your license after a DUI conviction, it’s crucial to speak to your attorney about how to proceed for the best possible outcome.
Arrested for a DUI? We Can Help
Getting arrested for a DUI is a scary situation, as well as a harrowing experience when facing criminal charges. After an arrest, having legal representation from an experienced DUI attorney can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. At Grewal Law PLLC, our team brings over a decade of experience handling DUI cases. We’ll guide you through every step of the legal system so you can feel confident that your best interests are taken seriously.
Call Grewal Law PLLC at (888) 211-5798 to schedule a consultation and learn your rights after a DUI arrest.