Sentencing for Drinking and Driving
Dearborn & Wayne County DUI Penalties
The potential penalties for a DUI in our state fall into three categories: judicial sanctions, driver's license sanctions and collateral consequences. Judicial sanctions are punishments imposed by the court, and a judge is required to tailor the penalties to the individual offender. Judicial sanctions can include probation, jail, fines and vehicle immobilization.
Driver's license sanctions are given by the secretary of state and are discretionary, meaning standardized. The only consideration is whether or not you have multiple DUIs or prior convictions on your record within the last seven to ten years. Collateral consequences can be some of the most serious, like insurance hikes, difficulty finding a job, revocation of certain permits and limitations to your travel. A Detroit DUI attorney will be able to explain all of the possible sentences for a DUI conviction.
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Even if you are convicted of a first-time DUI, the penalties can be very serious. For a first DUI conviction in our state, you can receive up to 93 days in jail, fines and up to 360 hours of community service. Repeat offenders for an OWI can get a fine of $1,000, 30 to 90 days of community service, a one-year license revocation, required vehicle immobilization for 90 to 180 days, and spend up to a year in jail. Do not leave your future to chance; let us fight your legal battle for you.
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