Most Michigan residents would agree that life is a bit “weird” right now. Current events have made a lot of people want to relax, have a few drinks and forget their troubles. Problems arise when they have a bit too much fun and then get behind the wheel of their cars. What some may not realize is that the state can elevate a DUI into a Super DUI.
What does that mean for you if officers arrest you on suspicion of super drunk driving? The first thing to know is that it means the possible penalties are much harsher than for an ordinary DUI charge. Michigan’s super drunk driving law was passed back in 2010 in an attempt to keep people with a blood alcohol concentration of .17 or higher off the roadways.
What type of penalties could you face upon conviction? Alcohol treatment becomes mandatory, you will not be allowed to drive for a minimum of 45 days, and you will spend double the time in jail than for a “normal” DUI. You must install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle that prevents it from starting if you have even a minimal amount of alcohol in your system.
The impact of a Super DUI on your personal and professional lives requires consideration as well. The repercussions of such a conviction go far beyond any criminal penalties. For these and other reasons, it would be a good idea to enlist the aid of a knowledgeable attorney to help you fight the charges.