Like virtually all offenses today, penalties for DUIs or Driving Under the Influence vary from state to state. A DUI is defined as the act of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol above the legal limit. If you are facing a DUI charge you will need a skilled attorney to help you navigate your way through the extremely complicated and detailed laws which are associated with this charge.

There are a number of classifications of DUI laws. Understanding what all these laws and classifications mean and how they will affect you will often require a Michigan DUI attorney. Basically, under Michigan law, the rules relating to drinking and driving are as follows:

    • It is illegal to drive while intoxicated or impaired by drugs, alcohol as well as some prescribed medications.
    • It is illegal to drive with a bodily alcohol content of .08 or more. (This crime is one of the driving while intoxicated offenses.)
    • It is illegal to drive with a bodily alcohol content of .17 or more.(This “High BAC” crime is one of the driving while intoxicated offenses.)
    • It is illegal to drive with any amount of schedule 1 controlled substance in your body including cocaine.

In addition it is also illegal to:

    • If you are under 21, drive with a bodily alcohol content of .02 or more, or with any presence of alcohol in your body except for that consumed at a generally recognized religious ceremony.
    • If you are under 21, Buy, possess, or consume alcoholic beverages. (

Michigan has two main offenses in relation to drunk driving which include:

    1. Operating under the influence or OUI
    1. Operating while impaired OWI
    1. In 2010 another drunk driving law was put into affect as well. Called the  Super Drunk Driving Law, you can read more about this law here.  Michigan’s Super Drunk Driving Law

Each has different fines, a different severity and may depend on circumstances, the judge and your DUI attorney. If you are arrested for a DUI, you need to take the charge seriously as the penalties in Michigan can be quite severe and range from fines of over $100 to $500 for a first offense to community service or revocation, denial or suspension of your license and jail time depending on the number of convictions and the outcome of your charge i.e. if you injured anyone or put anyone in danger while under the influence.

DUI Attorney Belleville MI

DUI’s can have serious consequences and are a serious charge, one that you will not want to face alone. Collis & Griffor, PC is a skilled DUI attorney Belleville MI and has the knowledge to help you. If you live in the Belleville area or greater Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti area and are facing a DUI charge,you should contact Collis & Griffor, PC for a free consultation or call and talk to us directly at 734.827.1337. Do not wait until it is to late, contact Collis & Griffor, PC right away.

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