Michigan law for a second DUI is a minimum of five days, with a maximum one year; in most cases, judges will sentence someone to five days or more for a conviction, although some will give a full year in the county jail on a second offense. That wide range of possible jail time is a major reason to have a great attorney on your side. For example, if you knew you’d go to jail, you’d be a lot happier with a sentence of five days than a sentence of 30, 60 or 90 days.
Even if you’re totally guilty of DUI and there is no defense to your second offense DUI, you’ll need help to make sure everything is presented the best possible way, to minimize your penalty; in addition to the jail time, your driver’s license could be revoked for a minimum of one year, meaning no driver’s license at all. In order to avoid these very serious penalties, you need an attorney who can help you navigate that complicated system.