Why You Must Have A Lawyer in a DUI Felony Case

By Kathryn Simmons,

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A DUI felony charge means you are in big trouble in Michigan. A conviction could mean prison time. We are not referring to time in jail – most people do time in a state prison. Plus there are thousands of dollars in fines and fees. You’re likely going to lose your license and your vehicle. An attorney may be a person’s only hope of staying out of prison and keeping some driving privileges.

You need a lawyer who knows how to handle a DUI felony. Call 248-408-7679 now. Get a free case consultation.

DUI Felony: Don’t Just Plead Guilty

If a person is facing the charges in Michigan, it means that they have had two OWI, OWPD, or OWVI convictions before. You may be thinking, “I have been through it before.” You may know that you were drinking and driving. You may be inclined to think that you were caught red handed and should face the consequences. Bear in mind that the two previous convictions were misdemeanors.

DUI Felony Penalties Are Harsh In Michigan

A person may have faced a judge for a first or even a second drunk driving offense without an attorney, precisely because they were misdemeanors. But the law is unforgiving for three strikes in Michigan. For a third offense – within a lifetime – a judge could sentence you to a fine of up to $5,000, and at least one more of the following:

  • Prison time: 1 to 5 years
  • Probation: 30 days to 1 year of it in jail
  • Community service: 60 to 180 days
  • Driver license revoked: at least 1 year; up to 5 years
  • Vehicle immobilized: 1 to 3 years or you forfeit your car or truck
  • Points: 6 points on your record
  • Fee: the Michigan Driver Responsibility Fee of $1000/year for two years
  • OWVI (Operating While Visibly Impaired) means 4 points and $500/2 years

A DUI felony conviction will change your life. Remember that when you are looking for a job or for an apartment, your criminal record will very likely be checked. Remember that it can be impossible to keep a job if you cannot drive. An experienced lawyer may be able to work to lessen the consequences and to challenge the BAC (blood alcohol) evidence. Call an attorney today to determine if there is an appropriate defense strategy in your case.

DUI Felony: Causing Death Or Serious Injury

A first offense is a felony. If you were arrested following an accident in which someone died or was seriously injured, and the police say your drunk driving caused it, you face fines of up to $10,000 and a long time in prison:

  • For a death: up to 15 years in prison
  • For the death of an emergency responder: up to 20 years
  • For an injury: up to 5 years

Causing a death or serious injury if operating a vehicle while your license has been suspended, revoked or denied is also a felony in Michigan, with penalties that can be identical to those listed above. It is imperative that you mount a strong defense with a highly skilled lawyer. Call Kathryn L. Simmons for a free evaluation of your case.

For a DUI felony defense attorney call 248-408-7679 now. Put 20+ years of local legal experience to work for you

Kathryn L. Simmons is a defense attorney practicing in Lake Orion, Orion Township, Rochester Hills, Oxford, Clarkston, Auburn Hills, Waterford, Pontiac, Bloomfield Hills, Troy, Macomb County and the Oakland County Circuit Court. No attorney or law firm can guarantee the outcome of your case. However, I can provide you with a free evaluation of the details of your case, and suggest a strategy to pursue the best possible outcome.

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