Drunk Driving

Drunk driving is a serious offense that can have equally serious outcomes. If you are convicted of drunk driving, there are mandatory legal penalties. You could have your driver’s license suspended or your auto insurance rates could sky rocket. In these cases, it is important to have an experienced attorney who understands the law and who is ready to defend and guide you through the process.

Michigan law defines three levels of offenses involving drunk driving:

  • First Offense: Your first offense could result in license sanctions, such as a six month suspension, and up to ninety days in jail.
  • Second Offense: Receiving two drunk driving charges within a seven year period results in a second offense. This could result in a one year jail sentence and an indefinite loss of your driver’s license.
  • Third Offense: These charges can include out of state offenses as well as in state offenses. The third offense is considered a felony and could result in a one to five year state prison sentence and the permanent loss of your license.

With the right legal counsel you can greatly diminish the probability that your privilege to drive will be suspended for any length of time. You should feel comfortable with the attorney and confident in his ability to defend your rights. Drunk driving is a criminal matter and there are stiff penalties, especially if your case is mishandled. The attorneys at Laaksonen Law Office are skilled at handling this type of matter and are ready to assist you with your specific case.