High BAC vs. Low BAC Offenses


Felony Super Drunk Driving Defense Lawyer in Michigan Defending Clients with BAC Above 0.17% in DUI Cases in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Throughout the State

In Michigan, individuals with a high BAC of 0.17% or above are considered "super drunk." Essentially, those convicted under the state's Super Drunk Law will face stiffer penalties, including increased jail time, higher fines, and a mandatory breath interlock device for one year. While penalties for OWI or DUI offenses involving a BAC (blood alcohol content) of above 0.08% leave an individual facing serious penalties, those for a high BAC are even harsher.

The Michigan DUI defense lawyers at Grabel & Associates vigorously defend clients against high BAC conviction. We fight for our clients' rights, fighting aggressively every step of the way to secure a dismissal of the charges, acquittal, or reduced charge depending on the circumstances surrounding your case.

Michigan Defense Lawyer BAC Over 0.17 Operating While Intoxicated

Enhanced penalties may be applied when an individual is found guilty of driving with a BAC more than twice Michigan's legal limit of 0.08%. These "super drunk" penalties can negatively impact all areas of your life, including your reputation, career, and future employment opportunities. It is vital you obtain the capable legal guidance and support of our Michigan criminal defense firm immediately.

In Michigan, drivers who are age 21 or above are considered to be operating while intoxicated if it is determined BAC is 0.08% or above. While penalties for OWI charges are serious, those who are operating with a high BAC of 0.17% or higher will face extremely harsh penalties, as mentioned above. Even a first-time offender is far more likely to face maximum punishment for a super drunk offense than he/she would face for an OWI offense in which the BAC was lower.

Every DUI case requires a talented attorney; however, when you have been charged with a high BAC drunk driving offense, it's important to secure the support of attorneys who are highly experienced and capable of successfully defending against excessive penalties and/or a wrongful conviction. We have obtained great success in defending clients across the state of Michigan charged with OWI, OWVI, DWI, DUI, OUIL, and related offenses. Contacting our Michigan OWI defense firm early on is key in obtaining a positive outcome.

High BAC vs. Low: Michigan Criminal Penalties

As we have already mentioned, a super drunk high BAC conviction will result in substantially more serious penalties than those cases involving a lower blood alcohol content. For example, a 1st OWI offense with a lower BAC of 0.08% will result in penalties, which include up to 93 days in jail, up to $500 in fines, 30-day driver’s license suspension, followed by 150 days of restricted driving, and 360 hours of community service.

If convicted of a high BAC offense as a first-time offender, maximum jail time increases to 180 days, with fines of up to $700. Additionally, your driver's license will be suspended for one year, and your vehicle immobilized. You may also be ordered by the court to attend alcohol addiction treatment or another self-help group. As you can see, the punishment for a super drunk high BAC OWI conviction is significantly more severe.

Contact Michigan's Premier Drunk Driving Defense Team Now

At Grabel & Associates, our Michigan DUI defense lawyers are dedicated to obtaining the best possible outcome for every client we represent. We know that every client is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt; we also know how to challenge the evidence, and fight high BAC charges. Our experience with and understanding of how police and prosecutors work make us an effective choice in legal representation. Contact us now for a free evaluation of your DUI case. We are available 24/7 at 1-800-783-4448.