Being charged with drunk driving in Michigan is a serious offense – but causing a wreck while intoxicated will put you in much hotter water.
Even first offenders who crash into another vehicle after drinking face stiff penalties. These can include:
- Felony charges if someone is hurt or killed in the collision
- Loss of driving privileges
- Hefty fines
- Seizure of your car
- Possible jail time
Drunk Driving Wreck in Genoa
Here is a real-life example. Police arrested a Brighton man on suspicion of drunk driving July 24 after he caused a two-vehicle crash in Genoa Township.
The 23-year-old driver was pulling out of a Chevrolet dealership when his 1995 GMC Yukon collided with a 2008 Saturn, according to Livingston.daily. The impact caused the Saturn to roll. The 60-year-old driver of the Saturn was taken by ambulance to a nearby medical center for treatment of injuries, the press reported.
Drunk driving is a serious offense in Michigan. In some cases – for instance repeat offenders, drivers with super-drunk blood-alcohol levels and DUI crashes – the penalties are even more severe.
3 Important Things To Know About a DUI Crash
- If you have been in a wreck and are found to have alcohol or drugs in your system, the police and prosecutor will likely assume that your impairment caused the accident. That may or may not be the case. Some accidents are simply unavoidable.
- Do not make self-incriminating statements or admit fault. Those are legal conclusions to be determined later.
- Call an experienced Michigan DUI defense lawyer. This can make the difference between freedom and jail.