Felony DUI Charges

DUI Lawyer for Detroit

Michigan has a "per se" DUI law, which means that anyone can be charged with a DUI if their blood alcohol level is at .08% or higher. Drivers do not have to look or behave drunk in order to be charged with a DUI. The first DUI a person is charged with is a misdemeanor, and cannot be sentenced to more than one year in jail. If a driver has been convicted of a DUI twice in the past 10 years, and is charged for DUI, it is considered a felony.

A third or any subsequent DUI convictions are also seen as felonies, which lead to much harsher punishments. Those who cause death or serious injury when operating a vehicle while intoxicated can also be charged with a felony, regardless if it is their first, second, third, or subsequent offense. If you have been charged with a felony DUI, contact the Detroit DUI lawyer at Boulahanis & Associates today.

Penalties for a Conviction

If you are charged with a third offense DUI within your lifetime, you are facing a myriad of charges and penalties. Fines range from $500 to $5,000, and you may be facing 1-5 years of imprisonment in a state facility. If you qualify for probation, you may still have to serve 30 days to 1 year in prison. A minimum of 60 days of community service must be completed, and you will have 6 points added to your driving record. Your driver's license may be revoked, and/or denied if you have 2 prior convictions within the last 7 years, or 3 convictions within the last 10 years. The shortest period of time that your license can be revoked is 1 year if you have no prior revocation within 7 years. If you have had prior revocations within 7 years, your license may be revoked for a minimum of 5 years. Your license plates may be confiscated, if your car is not forfeited.

Causing injury or death while driving under the influence is also considered a felony. If someone is killed in an accident that you caused, you may be facing up to 15 years in a state prison, and/or a fine that ranges from $2,500 to $10,000. If someone is injured, you may be sentenced to 5 years in a state prison, and/or fines that range from $1,000 to $5,000. Your driver's license may be revoked and denied for a minimum of 1 year, or 5 years if there was a previous revocation within the last 7 years. Unless your vehicle is forfeited, your car will be immobilized for a maximum of 180 days. 6 points will be added to your driving record, and you will have to pay a Driver Responsibility Fee of $1,000 for 2 years.

Discuss Your Case with Our Attorney

DUIs are a serious crime. If you are charged with a third DUI or have injured someone in an accident while you were driving under the influence of alcohol, you are facing extremely harsh punishments. Without legal aid, you will most likely be facing years in a state prison, and paying monumental fines. Those accused of a felony DUI may not be able to get a job with the government, or work with children. You might be prohibited from owning a firearm, and may not receive certain types of loans. Removing felony charges from your record is extremely difficult.

When asked if you have committed a felony for a job or loan, you must check "yes". You may not be able to apply for health insurance, and rates for auto and life insurance will increase. The Detroit DUI attorney at Boulahanis & Associates has over 25 years of experience, and might be able to minimize or dismiss your DUI charges. Do not risk suffering from the previously mentioned consequences. Contact our firm to see how we can help you.