Drunk Driving in Lapeer County, Michigan
Drunk Driving Lapeer
The new definition of drunk driving in Michigan .08 -- Lower Limit. Tougher Law.
Michiganís tolerance for drunk drivers has gone down, with .08 blood-alcohol content (BAC) becoming the new drunk driving standard. Michigan previously had a two-tiered standard, with .10 BAC or greater considered drunk driving and .08-.09 BAC being impaired driving.
Michigan is the 44th state to adopt an .08 BAC standard for drunk driving offenses. Many studies show that .08 BAC laws save lives. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates the country would save 400-600 lives each year if all states adopted .08 laws. The change also means Michigan avoids significant federal penalties and the loss of highway construction funds.
A first-time offender convicted of drunk driving faces:
- Up to 93 days in jail
- Up to a $500 fine
- Up to 360 hours of community service
- Up to 6 points on a driverís license
- Up to 180 days with a suspended license, with a restricted license possible after 30 days
Convicted drunk drivers will also be subject to a new $1,000 penalty that is included in a recently approved driver responsibility program. The $1,000 penalty will be imposed for two consecutive years. Drivers may still be arrested and charged with impaired driving, however, the law no longer has a blood alcohol content associated with impaired. Those convicted of impaired driving face an additional $500 penalty assessed for two consecutive years.
Other penalties have also been increased. Anyone who refuses a breath test the first time is given a one-year driverís license suspension. The penalty had been a six-month license suspension. For a second refusal in seven years, it is a two-year suspension.
If you have been charged with a drunk driving in Lapeer County, Michigan
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Don't just give in to being charged with drunk driving in Lapeer. Hire a drunk driving attorney that can help you to avoid prosecution and conviction on drunk driving charges. The right drunk driving attorney can make all of the difference between having a drunk driving conviction on your record that can impact many different areas of your life and your future and not having a drunk driving charge on your record.
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Drunk driving in Lapeer County abbreviations:
- DWI - Driving While Intoxicated
- OUI - Operating under the Influence
- DUI - Driving under the Influence
- OUIL - Operating under the Influence of Liquor