Michigan's Super Drunk Law

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As of October 31, 2010, Michigan drivers with a bodily alcohol content of .17 or greater face increased penalties from both the courtroom and the Secretary of State. The new super drunk law only affects first time high Blood Alchohol Content (BAC) offenders.

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New Super Drunk Law Penalties & Fines In Michigan

With Michigan’s new super drunk law come significant changes to the penalties and fines imposed. One change that is applicable to both repeat offenders and first time high BAC drivers is a one-year treatment requirement. Previously, even those convicted of felony drunk driving were not required to undergo such extensive treatment. Under the new super drunk law, the only time the one-year treatment is not mandatory is if the driver is convicted of traditional low Blood Alchohol Content drunk driving on their first offense.

The super drunk law increased fines from $200.00 to $700.00, and potential jail time from 93 to 180 days for super drunk drivers.

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New Super Drunk Law License Sanctions & BAIID Requirements

License sanctions have also been heightened: If the Secretary of State receives notice that an individual has been convicted under the super drunk law, that individual’s driving privileges will be suspended for one year. During the first 45 days of this suspension, the driver will be allowed no driving under what is commonly referred to as a “hard suspension.” During the remaining 320 days, the individual will be allowed to drive only under restricted conditions and only if they pay to have a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) installed in their vehicle.

Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device

Generally, a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) requires a driver to blow in the device when they first start their car. The BAIID will not allow the vehicle to start if it detects a Blood Alchohol Content of .025 or higher. When driving for longer periods of time, additional blows are generally required. If the device in the vehicle registers .025 Blood Alchohol Content or greater, the driver’s license penalty will be doubled.

It should also be noted that a person who is required to have an ignition interlock system in their car cannot operate any other vehicle that is not equipped with an interlock device. The super drunk law requires the impoundment of any vehicle driven a person who is required to use a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device. In this case, the vehicle will be impounded under the “offending vehicle sanction,” meaning that the owner—not the driver—is liable for all expenses.

Repeat offenders who have had their driver’s license revoked may only have a restricted license with a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device for one year, and the BAIID may only be removed by the department.

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Drunk driving laws are getting more severe all the time. If you find yourself in trouble with the law, contact us at Hills At Law, P.C.

Hills Law, Serving Southwest Michigan For DUI And Super Drunk Cases

Hills At Law, P.C. serves Kalamazoo and all of southwest Michigan. We are deeply familiar with the area and well-versed in all laws that govern it, including the new super drunk law. With over 80 years of combined experience and a well-known, well-respected reputation, we are southwest Michigan’s most trusted criminal defense firm. For thorough and determined representation in a super drunk law case or for any other criminal charges, contact Hills At Law, P.C. today.