Legal Options When Facing Second Or Third DUI
There are opportunities to keep a first-time charge for driving under the influence (DUI) off one’s record, but there is less leeway for a second or third offense of drunk driving. If you are accused of a repeat DUI, you need to speak immediately with an attorney who has experience handling multiple DUI offenses.
At David G. Moore, Attorney at Law, our team is qualified to take your case. We are led by lawyer David G. Moore, a former prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney in Southwest Michigan with extensive experience in these cases.
Serving Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and all of southwest Michigan, we provide the skilled and aggressive representation to fight charges or avoid the worst penalties if you have prior convictions.
Skilled Attorney For Repeat DUIs
Michigan has a seven-year lookback period for drunk driving offenses. Any conviction in the past seven years for DUI, OWI, OWVI (operating while visibly impaired) or OUID (operating under the influence of drugs) counts as a prior offense, even if you were underage at the time. Here are the repeat DUI penalties in Michigan:
- Second-offense OWI/DUI can be punished by jail time, fines, community service and license revocation of at least one year, not including any enhancing factors (see Super Drunk Driving).
- Third-offense OWI/DUI during one’s lifetime carries increased penalties, including mandatory jail time. If all three offenses occurred within 10 years, the person is charged with felony OWI and subject to the harshest punishment, including state prison of one to five years.
- Multiple offenses also require that your vehicle be immobilized and possibly forfeited.