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Harsh Consequences for Causing Injury While Driving Drunk in Michigan

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Harsh Consequences for Causing Injury While Driving Drunk in Michigan

Getting arrested for drunk driving in Michigan is bad enough.

But an arrest for injuring another person while driving intoxicated is much worse.

imageA case in point: An Independence Township man has been charged with operating while intoxicated, or OWI, causing serious injury in a crash that left a motorcyclist hospitalized.

The 50-year-old motorist was driving his GMC Sierra around 10:25 p.m. on July 26 when he struck a 19-year-old man riding a motorcycle, according to the Detroit News. The motorcyclist was taken to the hospital, and the GMC driver was arrested and placed under a $5,000 bond.

OWI/Causing Serious Injury in Michigan

Under Michigan criminal law, the charge of causing death or serious injury if operating while intoxicated is a felony. Conviction can mean up to five years imprisonment, a fine of $1,000 to $5,000, or both.

Other possible consequences may include:

  • Driver’s license revocation and denial for a minimum of one year (minimum of five years if there was a prior revocation within seven years).
  • License plate confiscation.
  • Vehicle immobilization for up to 180 days, unless the vehicle is forfeited.
  • Vehicle forfeiture.
  • Six points added to the offender’s driving record.
  • Driver responsibility fee of $1,000 for two consecutive year

This does not include the stress, anguish and emotional pain that can accompany a drunk driving conviction.

Don’t take chances with your freedom and reputation. If you are charged with an alcohol-related offense, talk to a Michigan DUI lawyer about your legal options.

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