Sometimes Connecticut residents travel to other states, like Michigan, for business or pleasure and have the unfortunate luck to be charged with a DUI. If this happens to you, you should first find a qualified DUI lawyer in Michigan, but you should also be aware of how Connecticut’s DMV will treat you upon your return.
Michigan DUI Penalties
If you have been convicted of a DUI in Michigan, you would be convicted of violating MCL 257.625(a).
In Michigan, the penalties for DUI can range depending on the number of prior DUI offenses you have.
First offense: For this offense, you will face a jail sentence of up to 93 days, a fine of up to $500, community service for up to 360 hours, as many as six points taken from your license, and a suspension on your license for up to 180 days (restricted license available after 30 days).
Second offense: A second offense will result in a fine of $200-$1,000, a jail sentence of between five days and one year, 30-90 days of community service, revocation of your license for at least one year, possible vehicle forfeiture or vehicle immobilization for 90-180 days, six points on your driving record, and a $1,000 driver responsibility fee for two years.
Third offense: This is considered a felony, and it will result in a fine of $500-$5,000, imprisonment for 1-5 years, 60-180 days of community service, license revocation for at least five years, possible vehicle forfeiture or vehicle immobilization for 1-3 years, six points on your driving record, and a $1,000 driver responsibility fee for two years.
If you are a Connecticut resident who has been charged with or convicted of DUI in Michigan, you should be aware that there are repercussions on your Connecticut license in your home state in addition to any license impact in Michigan as set forth above.
After hiring a Michigan DUI lawyer to help you fight your DUI, you should consider contacting a Connecticut DUI lawyer like our firm with experience in interstate DMV consequences or asking us to assist you in retaining one for your home state consequences.