Michigan has enacted an enhanced punishment for drivers who operate a motor vehicle above a .16% blood alcohol content (BAC). An arrest of .17% BAC or higher will likely be charged with “OWI with High BAC” which is also known in the legal community as “Super Drunk”. Regardless of a previous perfect driving record, the event of a high BAC percentage subjects the defendant to Super Drunk's enhanced penalties. It is critical that you immediately seek the assistance of a qualified Michigan OWI defense attorney if you have been charged with Super Drunk.
Traditional Michigan OWI (with BAC readings between .08& and .16%) can subject you to up to 93 days in jail. Michigan Super Drunk practically doubles the punishment, subjecting you to up to 180 days in jail. Additionally, driver's license sanctions for Michigan Super Drunk are significantly enhanced. The lower charge of OWI can cause your license to be revoked for 30 days and then restricted for an additional 150 days. In contrast, a Michigan Super Drunk conviction would result in a 45 day revocation of all driving privileges followed by an additional 320 day period in which you may only operate an automobile that has an expensive and embarrassing interlock ignition system installed.
Michigan Super Drunk convictions also include enhanced financial penalties. With a traditional Michigan OWI the court can order you to pay fines of between $100 and $500. A Michigan Super Drunk conviction can cause the financial penalties to be increased to $200 to $700. Also, with a Michigan Super Drunk conviction it is quite common for the court to order a defendant to participate in a lengthy and expensive substance abuse rehabilitation program.
Typically, Michigan Super Drunk charges are imposed on defendants who have not been convicted of any alcohol and driving offenses within the previous seven years. Defendants who have had a previous offense within the last seven years will likely be charged with Michigan OWI second offense, regardless of their BAC %, because the Michigan OWI second offense allows for harsher punishments.
Michigan Super Drunk is a very serious criminal charge with far reaching implications. If your automobile insurance carrier learns of a Michigan Super Drunk conviction, you will almost certainly be subjected to a significant premium hike. In many instances an insurance carrier may choose to drop your coverage entirely, regardless of a previous good driving record. Michigan Super Drunk defendants often find it difficult, if not impossible, to secure new insurance coverage after such a cancellation. Additionally, a Michigan Super Drunk conviction is logged into the Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN), a national electronic database, which can be accessed by third parties, such as potential employers. This can adversely affect a search for future employment.
If you have been charged with a Michigan Super Drunk there is a great deal at stake. Attorney Richard I. Lippitt has the experience and knowledge that is required to confront your case. Mr. Lippitt employs a vast network of scientific and blood experts who can potentially challenge your Michigan Super Drunk BAC results. In many cases the police who drew your blood or the medical laboratory who analyzed your blood have made mistakes that can lead to your acquittal.
Michigan OWI defense attorney Richard I. Lippitt is highly skilled and experienced in investigating and challenging the facts and circumstances of Michigan Super Drunk arrests. Mr. Lippitt appears in Michigan courts over 350 times each year in defense of Michigan OWIs.
Attorney Richard I. Lippitt stands ready to provide you with a free, no obligation meeting regarding your Michigan OWI with High BAC case. Please call (248) 921-7164 or request a Free Case Evaluation via the form on this page.