Getting arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) can be a confusing and traumatizing experience. Not only are you facing potential jail time, significant fines, and the suspension of your driver’s license, the stigma both personally and professionally for a DUI arrest can haunt you for the rest of your life. You need an experienced DUI defense attorney by your side, and the lawyers at the Van Den Heuvel Law Office have successfully defended many clients throughout the Rockford area who have been accused of driving under the influence. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss the details of your case and learn more about your legal options.
Like many states, driving under the influence in Michigan is a type of offense for which the penalties increase at every subsequent conviction of the crime. For a first time offense, the penalties include a jail term up to three months, fines up to $500, and up to 360 hours of community service. In addition, your driver’s license will be suspended for up to six months for a first-time offense, and you will have a misdemeanor DUI added to your criminal record.
For a second DUI conviction, the penalties increase to up to a year in jail, fines up to $1,000, and at least 90 days of community service. In addition, your driver’s license is suspended for one year and your vehicle can be impounded for up to 90 days. You may also be required to attend an alcohol education program and install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. A second conviction for DUI is also a misdemeanor offense.
A third or subsequent conviction for driving under the influence is considered a felony offense and a very serious crime. Penalties for a third DUI include between one and five years in prison, fines up to $5,000, and up to 80 days of community service. In addition, your vehicle can be forfeited and your driver’s license suspended. You may also be required to attend an alcohol education class, and your personal and professional life will be permanently altered by a felony conviction on your criminal record. This can affect the jobs you receive, where you can live, whether you can vote, and your ability to own and possess a firearm. Talk to an experienced DUI defense attorney today to learn more.
Calling an experienced DUI defense attorney as soon as you are arrested is critical to the success of your case. A DUI defense attorney will begin defending your rights from the moment you are arrested and represent you during interrogations with police as well as during your arraignment. Your lawyer will begin building the best possible defense for your case by reviewing the evidence, poking holes in the prosecution’s case, and making the most compelling arguments for you in court. Call our office today to learn more about the wide range of legal services we provide for our clients arrested for DUI.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for driving under the influence in the Rockford area, the clock is already ticking on the case. Call or contact us at the Van Den Heuvel Law Office today to schedule an appointment to discuss your case.