Michigan Super Drunk
Michigan’s “Super Drunk” law imposes a harsh punishment on drivers who operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .17% or higher. Even if this is your first offense, you could be subject to enhanced penalties. If you have recently been charged with a Michigan Super Drunk offense, you should immediately contact a qualified OWI lawyer to begin preparing to fight your charge.
If you are charged with a standard OWI charge, you could face up to 93 days in jail. However, the maximum jail sentence for a Super Drunk charge is almost doubled to 180 days. The period of license suspension is also increased. While a typical OWI can result in a 30 days suspension and 150 days of restricted driving, a Super Drunk charge means no driving for 45 days and 320 days of driving with a restricted permit. You will also be required to have an ignition interlock device installed during the restricted driving period.
A Super Drunk charge can also double the amount of fines you will pay upon conviction. Instead of paying $100 to $500 in fines, you may be ordered to pay $200 to $700. You could also be ordered to receive alcohol treatment for a minimum of one year.
The Super Drunk enhancement applies only if you have no prior offenses within 7 years. If you do have a prior offense within 7 years, then you will probably be charged as a second offender, no matter how high (or low) your breath/blood test results.
The effect of a Michigan Super Drunk charge is far reaching. When your insurance provider discovers your Super Drunk conviction, you could be required to pay higher premiums. In extreme circumstances, your insurer could drop your coverage, rendering you unable to drive. Your criminal record can also be accessed by third parties, which could make things difficult when applying for employment.
As you can see, the stakes are high when facing a Michigan Super Drunk charge. Fortunately, the attorneys at The Barone Defense Firm have the experience and knowledge to fight your case. The prosecution will use your BAC test results as evidence of your guilt; however, your lawyer may conduct an independent investigation to determine if the results are accurate. If the test was administered incorrectly or there was a problem with the breathalyzer machine, your results may be challenged.
At the Barone Defense Firm, we offer reasonable fees to fight your Super Drunk case and can provide payment plans upon request. To learn more about your Super Drunk charge and our dedicated OWI law firm, please contact our law office or complete our online form today.
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