OWI 2nd Offense
OWI Lawyers Defending Clients in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Throughout Michigan Charged with DUI/OWI Second Offenses
In Michigan, individuals charged with a second or subsequent OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) offense face significantly harsher penalties if convicted. Our state is tough on offenders who operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The harsh punishments you may face if convicted include fines, possible jail time, driver’s license suspension, and more. It is critical for those accused of an OWI 2nd offense to consult with a talented Michigan OWI defense attorney immediately. At Grabel & Associates, we vigorously defend clients charged with all DUI offenses, achieving positive results in the majority of cases.
While a second offense OWI is considered a misdemeanor, the stakes are still very high. For example, maximum jail time is one year, although it isn't likely you will be sentenced to the maximum term. It is important to keep in mind other consequences outside of the actual penalties, which may include the ruin of your career and reputation. Additionally, auto and health insurance providers may raise your rates or drop coverage, simply because you are considered a higher risk. Don't risk the consequences and put your future in jeopardy. Our highly regarded criminal defense team is widely known across the state of Michigan for securing outstanding results.
Michigan Penalties for OWI Second Offense
As already mentioned, the penalties for an OWI 2nd offense are much more serious than those a first-time offender faces. If you are arrested for committing a second offense within seven years of the first, the penalties you face include:
- Minimum of 5 days to maximum 1 year in prison/jail
- Fines of between $200 and $1,000
- Driver’s license revoked for 1 year
- Possible 30 to 90 days community service
- 6 points assigned to driving record
- Possible vehicle immobilization
- $1,000 driver responsibility fee for two consecutive years
A second conviction results in license revocation, which means you will not be able to operate a vehicle for one year. In order to have your driving privilege restored, the requirements of the DLAD (Driver's License Appeal Division) must be satisfied. You must also wait until the time you are eligible to apply for reinstatement of your license.
As you can see, a second offense is not to be taken lightly. It's also important to note an arrest does not automatically lead to a conviction. Never plead guilty without first speaking with an experienced attorney, as it is often possible to have the charge dismissed or reduced.
Contact Grabel & Associates Now for Unsurpassed OWI Defense
Our skill and experience handling cases involved drunk or drugged driving has enabled us to secure positive results for the majority of clients we represent. There are many effective defenses to an OWI 2nd offense; we will thoroughly review your case to determine if chemical tests were inaccurate, if proper protocol was followed in the course of your arrest and more in order to protect your freedom and reputation.
Don't put your career and reputation at risk. At Grabel & Associates, we are dedicated, determined, and aggressive. Our Michigan OWI defense lawyers will give your case the personal attention you deserve; keeping you informed every step of the way. Call us today toll-free at 1-800-342-7896. Contact us online.