The Majority of Michigan DUIs Fall Into the Misdemeanor Category, Unless it's Your Third Offense
Your case could be classified as a Michigan DUI felony if this is the third offense in your lifetime, regardless of how many years have passed since your previous arrests.
Even if this is not a third offense, If your Michigan DUI involves an allegation of serious bodily injury or death, you can also be charged with Michigan DUI felony.
A Michigan DUI felony charge is likely the most serious event of your entire life. An experienced and qualified Michigan DUI lawyer can help you confront these serious allegations. Even if this is not your third Michigan DUI offense, if there are aggravating factors (such as child endangerment), you can also be charged with a Michigan DUI felony.
The main factor that differentiates a Michigan DUI felony is the potential period of incarceration. A Michigan DUI felony conviction allows a judge to sentence a defendant to between one and five years in a Michigan prison. In contrast, a Michigan DUI misdemeanor conviction allows for a maximum one-year period of incarceration in a Michigan county jail.
If a Michigan felony DUI involved a death or serious injury, you can be sentenced up to 15 years in a Michigan prison. Additionally, the court fines and costs for a Michigan DUI felony are significantly higher than for a Michigan DUI misdemeanor. When all tallied, your court fines and costs can add up to thousands of dollars. You can also be ordered to perform up to two full months of community service. Your driver’s license can be suspended for a lifetime and the judge can even order your car to be forfeited.
Seeking future employment with a felony conviction on your record can make landing a job difficult or impossible. In Michigan, convicted felons are prevented from owning a gun or voting. A Michigan landlord has the right to refuse rental to a felon.
A Michigan DUI felony charge needs to be taken seriously from the very beginning. It is critical that your Michigan DUI defense attorney takes an aggressive course from the start. A Michigan DUI defense has numerous technical aspects to it. Your attorney must be qualified and experienced in attacking your case. For instance, there may be issues surrounding your previous convictions that can cause them to be excluded from consideration during your current case, and could possibly result in a reduction of charges. Your Michigan DUI defense attorney should be experienced at analyzing and attacking breath, blood or urine tests that were used to establish your alleged blood alcohol content (BAC). A good Michigan DUI attorney can help determine if there are flaws in the collection method, the chain of custody or the methodology of testing.
If you have been charged with a Michigan DUI felony, you need to take the allegation seriously. Richard I. Lippitt, an experienced DUI lawyer, has the knowledge required to confront your case. Mr. Lippitt employs a vast network of scientific and blood experts who can potentially challenge your Michigan DUI felony arrest. Additionally, Mr. Lippitt possesses the legal scholarship necessary to develop potential constitutional challenges of your Michigan DUI arrest.
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