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What are the rules for felony DUI charges in Grand Rapids?

On Behalf of | Jul 14, 2023 | Criminal Defense, Felonies |

Michigan considers driving under the influence (DUI) carries significant legal ramifications. Whether a DUI charge escalates to a felony depends upon several factors, including blood alcohol concentration (BAC), previous convictions and aggravating circumstances.

First offense DUI

Michigan courts typically classify a first offensive DUI as a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors carry less severe consequences than felony drug crimes, but may still significantly affect your life.

Potential penalties for a misdemeanor DUI charge in Michigan include:

  • Up to 93 days in jail
  • Fines ranging from $100-$500
  • 360 hours of community service
  • Vehicle immobilization

Second offense

Second offenses in Michigan may still carry a misdemeanor charge instead of a felony. Even with a misdemeanor charge, second offenses still carry stiffer penalties than first-offense DUI charges, especially if your second offense occurs within seven years after the first offense. Potential penalties include the following:

  • Mandatory incarceration for at least five days
  • Extended license suspension
  • Mandatory alcohol treatment programs
  • Community service
  • Fines ranging from $200-$1000

Third offense

Once you reach a third DUI offense in Michigan, you face felony charges. A felony DUI charge can cause both long-term and short-term consequences, such as the following:

  • Up to 5 years in prison
  • Mandatory 30-day imprisonment for at least 30 days
  • Potential vehicle forfeiture
  • Compulsory alcohol treatment programs

Aggravated circumstances

An aggravating circumstance is any condition that intensifies the legal penalties of a criminal charge. An aggravating circumstance can lead to more severe penalties, including longer prison sentences and higher fees. In the case of a Michigan DUI, aggravating circumstances include any of the following:

  • Causing bodily harm or death
  • Driving with a high BA
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Having previous felony DUI convictions

A Michigan DUI can have long-term consequences in your life. Always exercise responsible and sober driving to safeguard yourself and other drivers on the road.