Michigan DUI Third Offense
Your Third Michigan DUI is Considered a Felony
Michigan categorizes a Michigan DUI third offense as a felony. It is the only category of Michigan DUI which grants a judge authority to sentence a defendant to the Michigan prison system.
Furthermore, a conviction for a Michigan DUI third offense will cause you to be forever labeled as a felon. This is why it is critical to hire a highly qualified DUI defense attorney to help you fight your Michigan Felony DUI charge.
Michigan DUI statute allows a judge to sentence a Michigan DUI third offense defendant to between one to five years in a Michigan prison. This statute allows court fines alone to be as much as $5,000, and you can be ordered to perform a minimum of 60 days of community service. Additionally, Michigan has tough DUI third offense forfeiture laws which allow the prosecutor to outright seize the vehicle used at the time of the arrest permanently, even in cases where you were using a vehicle that belonged to another person or is subject to a bank lien.
Like a second offense DUI, a conviction for a Michigan DUI third offense can cause your driver’s license to become 100% revoked for between one to five years. If subsequent hearings for license reinstatement at the Michigan Secretary are not successful, your license revocation can potentially last a lifetime. Additionally, your vehicle’s license plate will be confiscated and the judge can order your vehicle to be immobilized for between one to three years. Vehicle immobilization requires the hiring of a private company to place an immobilization device on your car at a costly monthly or yearly rate. Finally, a Michigan DUI third offense will cause the Michigan Department of Treasury to levy a $1,000 annual driver responsibility fee for a period of two years.
Perhaps the most devastating is the dreaded “Have you ever been convicted of a felony?” checkbox that appears on various job applications, tenancy applications, student loans, etc. A conviction for a Michigan DUI third offense can possibly prevent you from gaining government employment and educational loans. It can also affect your ability to be granted a gun permit, even for hunting purposes. Landlords have the right to deny residency to convicted felons.
Hiring the right attorney to handle your Michigan DUI third offense is critically important; you simply have too much to lose. You deserve to receive the best possible outcome and your attorney will want to do everything humanly possible to prevent your incarceration. A good OWI defense attorney can form strategies which can combat or even overcome the charges leveled against you.
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