Can I go to jail for a drunk driving offense?

If you face drunk driving charges in Michigan and are wondering whether you can face a jail sentence as one of the potential consequences, the short answer is yes. However, for first time offender, and assuming it resulted in no injuries or deaths, the chances of finding yourself behind bars is slim.

According to the State Of Michigan's law regarding DWI offenses, if you are visibly impaired or operating under the influence, you will face a fine, license suspensions or restrictions and have points added to your record. It is possible to have up to 93 days in jail as well as community service added to your sentence along with a few other penalties. However, if you have a blood alcohol level of 0.17 or higher, the potential for jail time increases to a sentence of up to 180 days along with a higher fines cap and a mandatory yearlong license suspension.

If you have a second conviction, not only can the fine increase significantly, but you can receive either a jail sentence ranging from five days to one year, one to three months of community service, or a combination of the two.

If you end up with a third conviction at any point in your lifetime, it is considered a felony and jail is a very realistic expectation. It does not matter whether the charges include driving while visibly impaired or OWI, the penalties include a fine of $500 to $5,000 to be paired with either one to five years of imprisonment or probation along with 30 to 365 days of jail time, in addition to a laundry list of other consequences.

This post is written for the purpose of being an informative resource only and should not be considered as a substitute for legal advice.

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