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What Happens to my Driver's License When I'm Charged with a Drunk Driving?

Posted by Joseph J. Blata | Feb 29, 2024 | 0 Comments

Facing a DUI charge in Michigan can be a daunting experience, with immediate consequences for your driving privileges. At Triton Legal PLC in Bay City, Michigan, we're committed to providing you with the essential information and legal support needed during this challenging time. Here's what you need to know about DUI charges in Michigan and how they affect your driver's license.

Immediate Actions Post-DUI Arrest

Upon being arrested for a DUI in Michigan, the procedure involves the arresting officer confiscating your driver's license. In place of your physical license, you'll receive a temporary driving permit, often in the form of a paper license. This temporary permit allows for unlimited driving, despite lacking a photo ID, until the resolution of your OWI case through either conviction or dismissal.

The DI-177 Temporary Driving Permit

The temporary permit, known as the DI-177 or "Breath Blood or Urine Report," serves as your provisional driver's license. It's important to note that this permit is only issued if you consent to a BAC test at the station (excluding roadside tests). Refusing this test leads to receiving a DI-93 or "Report of Refusal," which still permits driving but only for 14 days, pending a hearing requested by your DUI attorney.

Michigan's Implied Consent Law

Michigan operates under the implied consent law, automatically enrolling drivers in an agreement to undergo chemical BAC testing when applying for a driver's license. Withdrawing consent can result in a minimum one-year license suspension, with possible additional penalties following an OWI conviction.

Impact on Your Driving Record and Privileges

The issuance of the DI-177 is immediately noted on your driving record, reflecting the arrest for a suspected DUI offense. During arraignment, the judge may impose conditions on your driving privileges, including the potential requirement to install a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) on any vehicle you operate.

Post-Conviction Consequences and License Reinstatement

If convicted, you'll receive a notice from the Secretary of State detailing the sanctions on your driver's license, which acts as a temporary license until the sanctions are lifted. Reinstating your driver's license requires paying a $125.00 fee to the Secretary of State, with revocation cases ineligible for a temporary license.

The Severe Implications of a DUI Conviction

A DUI conviction in Michigan carries significant consequences, including community service, fines, mandatory treatment programs, and potentially prison. Beyond the legal penalties, a conviction can profoundly affect your personal and professional life.

How Triton Legal PLC Can Help

At Triton Legal PLC, our dedicated legal team understands the complexities surrounding DUI charges in Michigan. We're here to guide you through the legal process, defend your rights, and strive for the best possible outcome. If you or someone you know is facing a DUI charge, don't hesitate to contact us for professional legal assistance.

Remember, understanding your rights and the legal proceedings is crucial when dealing with a DUI charge in Michigan. With the right legal support, navigating this challenging situation becomes more manageable.

About the Author

Joseph J. Blata

Need Comprehensive Legal Experience on Your Side? Meet the Owner of Triton Legal, Joseph J. Blata Mr. Blata's legal experiences have taken him down three main pathways: Criminal Defense, Family Law, and Driver's License Appeals and Restoration. As a driver's license restoration attorney, Joseph...


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