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Sam Bernstein, Ann Arbor DWI Lawyer Defends Driving Under the Influence Cases

If you’ve been charged with a DUI, you are probably beginning to realize the severity of the charges against you. A DUI conviction is serious and should not be taken lightly. If you're faced with a DUI charge you will need an experienced Ann Arbor DUI attorney on your side. ArborYpsi Law knows how to review your case, analyze it, and help you get the best outcome to resolve your DUI charge.

DUI Penalties in Michigan

Penalties for DUI in Michigan are as follows:

  • First Offense - Up to 93 days in jail, with fines ranging between $100 to $500, 360 hours of community service, possible ignition interlock device during your probation period, and vehicle immobilization per the court’s discretion.
  • Second Offense - Minimum of five days in jail, up to one year or 30 days of community service, mandatory vehicle immobilization, and fines up to $1000.
  • Third Offense - Minimum 30 days in jail or one year in prison, fines up to $5,000, minimum 60 days of community service, mandatory vehicle immobilization, and possible ignition interlock during probation.
  • An offense that Causes Death - Penalties for DUI causing death of a firefighter or police officer can result in 20 years in prison.
  • An offense that Causes Serious Injury - Five years in prison, with fines ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 and mandatory vehicle immobilization.

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Since the penalties for DUI offenses in Michigan are severe, it is in your best interest to contact an Ann Arbor DWI lawyer immediately if you are facing these charges.

Our Ann Arbor DWI Lawyer Works Hard to Reduce Sentences

As an Ann Arbor DUI attorney, we will work with you to help you make a good impression in Court. We can give you recommendations on steps to take before your court case. For example, going to treatment demonstrates to the Court that you are aware of a problem and taking steps to address it. Letters from family and friends can convey positive qualities that set you apart from others.

DUIs in Michigan come with driver’s license consequences. We can help reduce those consequences through plea negotiations. For example, if you are charged with OWI High BAC, we may able to work on a plea bargain so that you can avoid the license sanctions from the more serious charge.

Consequences of a Drunk Driving Conviction in Michigan

If you have been convicted of a drunk driving offense, some immediate serious consequences may occur, including:

  • You may be arrested and booked in jail.
  • You may be subject to paying expensive fines.
  • Your driver’s license may be immediately suspended.
  • You may lose your job or have difficulty finding employment.
  • You may have to pay more for car insurance.
  • Your car might be impounded or immobilized.
  • You may have to perform community service.
  • You may have to go through substance or alcohol abuse treatment.
  • You could be sued if you were under the influence and got into an accident.
  • Your immigration status could be affected.
  • You could be denied or lose a professional license.

A DUI or other criminal conviction can have long-lasting effects, especially when it comes to gaining employment. A DUI conviction will get recorded on the following records:

  • Driver’s License Records - If convicted, the DUI will go on your driving record. Although driver’s license records are not criminal records, they are often requested by employers, especially if the job requires you to operate a vehicle.
  • Public Criminal Records - Commonly available through court websites, public criminal records can feature mugshots, charging and booking dates, disposition information, and even additional details about your case.
  • Law Enforcement Records - A criminal background check will result in your DUI record appearing in a law enforcement search.

The outcome of your DUI case typically results in one of three options:

  • Case Dismissed/Found Not Guilty - If your case is dismissed or you go to trial and are found not guilty, records that show you were arrested will be destroyed.
  • Plea Agreement - The case is resolved through a plea negotiation. For example, if you are charged with OWI and plead guilty to OWVI - a lesser charge.
  • Found Guilty - If you went through the trial and are found guilty, your conviction will show up on your driver’s license record, public criminal records, and law enforcement records.

Keep in mind that employers can do a criminal background check and see a DUI on your record. This may result in you losing the employment opportunity.

When you are charged with DUI, you have a lot at stake, not only now but in your future. Your driver’s license, criminal record, and your liberty are all on the line. The damages for these charges go far beyond the penalties a judge or jury hands down, which is why you must have an Ann Arbor DUI lawyer handling your defense.

Speak With an Experienced Ann Arbor DWI Lawyer

Contact ArborYpsi Law and Sam Bernstein, an experienced Ann Arbor DUI attorney, today for a free DUI case consultation. We will walk you through every step of the legal process, from the moment you are arrested to when your DUI case goes to trial. ArborYpsi Law is familiar with all Metro-Detroit courts. We can best advise you on your specific case and we will build a strong defense on your behalf.