What Will Happen if I’m Convicted of a DUI?

After a DUI arrest most people want to know what penalties they face. Below is an outline of possible penalties:

Am I going to Jail?

You are not likely going to jail for the standard first-offense DUI conviction.

The most likely sentence will involve;

  • Probation
  • Fines and costs
  • Community service
  • Alcohol testing
  • Alcoholics Anonymous meetings

However, there are some courts (some Oakland County courts) that are stricter than others and jail is possible. Also, some factors may increase the chances of jail, such as a bad traffic accident, or a prior DUI charge in the past.

What Happens to My Driver’s License?

Driver’s license sanctions are a concern for most people. The level of driver’s license sanctions will depend on the particular DUI charge you are convicted of. Here is the following consequences:

Operating with a High BAC
  • 45-day suspension
  • Followed by a year on a restricted license.
  • The car must be equipped with an ignition interlock device. The driver must give a breath test sample before the car will start
  • Six points on driving record
Operating While Intoxicated
  • 30-day suspension
  • Followed by five months on a restricted license
  • Six points on driving record
Operating While Visibly Impaired
  • No suspension
  • Three-month restricted license
  • Four points on driving record

A second offense of any DUI charge within 7 years of a prior DUI conviction will result in a driver’s license revocation for at least one year. You must go through the driver’s license restoration process to get your license back.

A conviction for an operating while intoxicated offense will permanently go on your record. It can never be expunged.

I’ve Been Arrested, What Should I Do Next?

Educate yourself on what you can do to protect yourself from a conviction. Read: Steps of an OWI Case and What to Do After a DUI Arrest.

Don’t plead guilty without consultation of your defenses with a lawyer.

Speak with an attorney to get an evaluation of your case. Give us a call at 734.883.9584 for a free initial consultation to learn about the court process and what to expect.

Contact Us at 734.883.9584

Call Sam Bernstein at 734.883.9584 or at bernstein@arborypsilaw.com.

ArborYpsi Law is located at 4158 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48108.

Read More: What to Do When Pulled Over for Drinking and Driving

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