Michigan DUI Laws

If you're facing DUI or OWI charges in Michigan, a DUI lawyer can answer your questions.


A Michigan DUI conviction can leave a nasty, long-lasting mark. In the short term, a DUI in Michigan can lead to jail time, fines and loss of license. In the long-term, a DUI may prevent you from getting or keeping a job. A DUI can add points to your license which can result in more costly car insurance.

But you don't have to take your drunk driving charges lying down. Many choose to contact a Michigan DUI lawyer for help in defending their case.

A DUI lawyer can provide the critical answers you need to make decisions that will affect the rest of your life. An attorney can provide information about how the Michigan drunk driving laws apply to your case and how you might be able to make challenges in court.

To speak with a Michigan DUI attorney near you, simply fill out the FREE case evaluation form on this page or call, toll free, 877-349-1311.

Michigan DUI laws include a variety of penalties for convictions. These include jail time, fines, community service and loss of license. Refusing a breath test is considered a civil infraction and can result in loss of license.

Michigan DUI and OWI Penalties

First DUI Offense:

  • Jail sentence of up to 93 days in jail
  • Maximum $500 fine
  • Maximum 360 hours of community service
  • Up to 6 points on driver's license
  • Maximum 6 months of driver's license suspension

Second DUI Offense (within 7 years):

  • 5 days-1 year in jail
  • Up to $1,000 fines
  • 30-90 days of community service
  • 6 points on driver's license
  • Minimum one-year driver's license revocation

Third DUI Offense (within lifetime):

  • Felony conviction
  • Jail sentence of 1 year- 5 years
  • Maximum $5,000 fine
  • 60-180 days community service
  • 6 points on driver's license

Penalties for Refusal

  • Considered a civil infraction
  • Suspended license

Ask a Michigan DUI Attorney About Your Options

If you are facing DUI charges in Michigan, let a local DUI attorney explain how the laws might affect your case. You can connect with a local DUI lawyer today. Simply fill out the free case evaluation form on this page or call 877-349-1311 today and we'll put you in touch with an attorney in your area for a free consultation.

Note: Laws may have changed since our last update. For the latest information on these DUI laws, speak to a local DUI lawyer in the state.

The Michigan DUI penalty list is by no means all-inclusive. DUI penalties may vary based on a variety of factors, including your prior driving record.

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