Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Laws
Michigan’s anti-drunk and drugged driving laws require swift and sure action and stiff penalties for drivers who violated them. The laws require:
- Courts to decide drunk driving and drugged driving cases within 77 days after the arrest.
- A mandatory 6-month driver license suspension, even for a first conviction. The driver may be eligible for a restricted license after serving 30 days of the suspension.
- A mandatory 1-year driver license suspension for a first conviction of operating with a BAC of .17 or higher. This “High BAC” crime is one of the operating while intoxicated offenses. A High BAC driver may be eligible for a restricted license after serving 45 days of the license suspension, but only if an ignition interlock device is installed on any vehicle the offender owns or intends to operate.
- Court to order participation in, and successful completion of, 1 or more rehabilitation programs, including alcohol treatment or a self-help program, or another program the court decides is appropriate. The court must order this rehabilitation if the defendant has 1 or more prior convictions, or is convicted of High BAC.
- Five days to 1 year of consecutive jail time, or 30 to 90 days of community service, or both for a second conviction of drunk or drugged driving.
- Harsher license sanctions of revocation and denial for persons with multiple drunk or drugged driving convictions.
- A reinstatement fee of $125 if your driver’s license was suspended, revoked, or restricted.
- A Driver Responsibility Fee of $1,000 for 2 consecutive years for a driving while intoxicated conviction, including a High BAC conviction.
- A Driver Responsibility Fee of $500 for 2 consecutive years for convictions for driving while impaired, with any presence of a Schedule 1 drug or cocaine, or child endangerment.
Additionally, the laws make the following drunk and drugged driving offenses felonies:
- A third conviction in the driver’s lifetime.
- A conviction for drunk or drugged driving that causes death.
- A conviction for drunk or drugged driving that causes serious injury to another person.