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Will I lose my drivers license in a drunk driving conviction?

In Michigan, if you are convicted of Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) your license will be suspended for 30 days and then restricted for 150 days. If you are convicted of Operating While Visually Impaired (OWVI) your license will be restricted for 90 days. These are the license penalties for a first offense. For a second offense within 7 years of either Operating While Intoxicated or Operating While Impaired the license penalty is revocation of your driving privileges for a minimum of one year. For a third offense within 10 years the penalty is revocation of your privilege for 5 years. These license sanctions are severe and require that you properly defend any drunk driving arrest your face.

A first-time offender convicted of drunk driving also faces:

  • Up to 93 days in jail
  • Up to a $500 fine
  • Up to 360 hours of community service
  • Up to 6 points on a driver’s license
  • Up to 180 days with a suspended license, with a restricted license possible after 30 days

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