Michigan OWI Third Offense
If you have recently been charged with a third operating while intoxicated (OWI) offense in Michigan, you have a lot to lose. Because a third charge is classified as a felony offense, you could be sentenced to prison time and will be known as a convicted felon if you are found guilty. A qualified defense lawyer can help you fight your Michigan OWI third offense in order to avoid life-changing consequences.
The criminal penalties for a third conviction could include between one to five years in prison, fines ranging from $500 to $5,000 and 60 to 80 days of community service. There is an absolute minimum period of 30 days in jail. The state can also take your car away from you as part of a forfeiture proceeding. The judge may also require you to complete alcohol education classes.
You could also lose your driving privileges for an extended period of time, as your license may be revoked for at least one to five years. And, if your administrative license restoration hearing with the Secretary of State’s Driver Assessment and Appeal Division (DADD) is unsuccessful, you might not be able to drive for the rest of your life. In addition, your license plate will be confiscated and your vehicle can be immobilized for one to three years. You will be unable to register a motor vehicle and will be ordered to pay a $1,000 driver responsibility fee for two years.
These aren’t the only consequences you will face—as a convicted felon, you may be prohibited from holding a job in government or education and your right to own a gun and to vote will be taken away from you. Some landlords are also less likely to rent to convicted felons.
Hiring an attorney to handle your Michigan OWI third offense charge is absolutely essential if you want to increase your chances of a favorable outcome. Depending on the circumstances of your situation, there may be several defenses that can be effectively applied to your case—but you won’t know that unless you hire an attorney who has focused his or her area of practice on OWI defense.
The Barone Defense Firm has helped countless clients obtain an acquittal, dismissal or reduction of their Michigan OWI third offense charges. To learn how our attorneys can help you, please submit your case information online now for a complimentary initial consultation.
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