DUI Penalties in Southfield


If you or a loved one is convicted of a drunk driving offense, it is crucial that you take action to fight back against the serious penalties that can result in Southfield DUI cases. Our attorneys know what it takes to protect those who are facing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd offense OWI charges, as well as felony DUI and child endangerment charges, and other OWI related offenses. As soon as you contact our Southfield defense team, our lawyers will begin to walk you through what laws and legal issues are pertinent to your unique case, and what penalties may be on the line that our firm will fight to help you avoid. With jail time, fines, a criminal record, license suspension, community service, and more on the line, you need to work with a qualified defender to fight back against what could be a life-changing outcome. Don’t hesitate, as the early stages of a Southfield DUI case are pivotal. Contact our team for a free initial consultation and learn more about our proven approach to Southfield drunk driving defense.

Scott Grabel knows what penalties you will be facing and what you need to do to overcome them, because for well over a decade he has been protecting clients in tough misdemeanor and felony DUI/OWI cases. As soon as you get in touch with our team, we will start providing you with premier-level counsel as you proceed through the drunk driving defense process. From investigation through to a possible trial, it is crucial that you work with the best possible defense lawyer, one who actually cares about the final outcome of your case. Grabel & Associates is dedicated to defending against wrongful conviction and excessive penalties.

Penalties for OWI 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Offense in Southfield Michigan

A person can be convicted of drunk driving if they operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, or with a BAC over 0.08% (or both). For an OWI offense, the penalty maximums are as follows:

  • 1st Offense OWI: Up to 93 days in prison, a fine of up to $500, a 6 month license suspension, and a misdemeanor record.
  • 2nd Offense OWI: Up to a year in prison, a $1,000 fine, a 1 year license suspension, and a misdemeanor record.
  • 3rd Offense OWI: Up to 5 years in prison, a $5,000 fine, community service, driver’s license revocation, and a felony record.

There are other OWI offenses that can lead to slightly different penalties as well. Anyone convicted of Super Drunk DUI for a BAC over 0.17% could face up to 180 days incarceration, a $700 fine, a lengthened license suspension, and an ignition interlock requirement, just for a first offense. Zero tolerance underage DUI convictions for driving with a BAC between 0.02% and 0.08% while under the legal drinking age can lead to 360 hours of community service and a $250 fine. Additionally, these offenses remain relevant for future sentencing.

There are other penalties and negative effects cause by a Southfield OWI conviction, included increased insurance rates and possible job loss, and it is important to be aware of these effects as well as what you need to do to protect yourself. Contact Grabel & Associates now to learn more about our DUI defense strategies.

DUI Causing Injury and Death Penalties in Southfield

Perhaps the most serious drunk driving offenses are those that lead to injury or death as a result of a motor vehicle accident or pedestrian collision. Causing serious impairment of a body function can result in up to 5 years in prison, a felony record, and a $5,000 fine for a first offense, along with the potential reparation costs and medical or insurance fees. DUI causing death can lead to 15 years behind bars and a $10,000 fine, along with the effects listed above but to an even greater extent. Additional penalties can result from injuring or killing an emergency responder or officer, or from a DUI causing death or injury with a high-BAC over 0.17%.

Best Attorney for DUI Defense in Southfield

The attorneys at Grabel & Associates know that the penalties you could face if accused of drunk driving are very severe, and we know you deserve the best defense representation as you fight back against false claims and violations of your rights. Get in touch with our team now and let us work with you to design a unique defense approach for your situation.

Contact Grabel & Associates for 24/7 DUI Defense

Avoid the harsh penalties which can result from OWI conviction in Southfield. Call 1-800-342-7896 toll free and get help from a qualified attorney as you continue your legal battle, or contact our firm online now to learn more about how we can protect you in your DUI case.