Individuals who have been arrested for an alcohol-related offense for the second or third time shall be considered to be a repeat offender and will likely face harsher consequences if they are convicted of the crime. For instance, if a driver was convicted of OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) and was charged with the same offense within seven years of the first offense, they could be looking at the following penalties upon conviction:

  • Having a misdemeanor charge placed on their criminal history report.
  • Having to pay a fine of $200-$1,000.
  • Serving five days to one year in jail, or completing 30-90 days of community service.
  • Losing their driving privileges for a minimum of one year.
  • Possible vehicle immobilization for 90 to 180 days.
  • License plate confiscation.
  • Having a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) installed in their vehicle once their driving privileges have been reinstated.

If an individual is charged with OWI and their actions led to the injury or death of another, they shall face the following penalties upon conviction:

  • Having a felony charge recorded on their criminal history report.
  • Having to serve up to five years in jail for injury to another and/or having to pay a $1,000-$5,000.
  • Having to serve up to 15 years in prison and/or having to pay a fine of $2,500-$10,000 if the OWI resulted in the death of another.
  • Possible vehicle immobilization for 90-180 days.
  • License plate confiscation.
  • Having a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) installed in their vehicle if and when their driving privileges have been reinstated.

If an individual is arrested as a repeat OWI offender in Ingham County, MI, although they haven’t been convicted of the crime, they can expect the arresting officer to destroy their metal license plate, even if the driver of the vehicle doesn’t own it. The Office of Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson states that a new metal license plate shall only be issued once the case is resolved in court.

Contacting an OWI lawyer in Ingham County, MI After Being Arrested as a Repeat Offender

Because the State of Michigan looks to punish OWI and repeat OWI offenders harshly, those who have been charged with the crime should consider contacting an experienced OWI defense lawyer in Ingham County, MI for legal help. Attorney Stuart R. Shafer can help a repeat OWI offender understand their charges along with the penalties it carries and explain the options that may be available to them to get their charges reduced to a lesser degree. To schedule a time to discuss an OWI charge with a skilled OWI lawyer, contact The Law Offices of Stuart R. Shafer, P.C. at 517-487-6603.

 

The Law Offices of Stuart R. Shafer, P.C. is located at:

1223 Turner Street, #333

Lansing, MI 48906

Phone: 517-487-6603

Website: www.stushafer.com

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