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Consequences For A Drunk Driving Conviction

Posted by attorney Daniel Hilf

The following is a list of the top 50 possible consequences of a drinking and driving conviction in Michigan. Some of the items on this list will definitely apply, and others may not apply, to your own particular circumstances:

  1. Incarceration. There are some Judges that even routinely sentence first time offenders to jail;
  2. A conviction on your record that you cannot expunge in the future;
  3. A conviction that will be used against you in the future, should you incur any future offenses;
  4. A parole or probation violation if you were on either probation or parole at the time of the offense;
  5. Probation (if a prison sentence is not imposed for a felony drunk driving conviction), and the related inconveniences of having to report to a probation officer;
  6. Fines and costs;
  7. Attorney fees to defend the criminal case;
  8. Restitution if an accident and/or injury occurred;
  9. Reimbursement to law enforcement for the cost of prosecution and/or emergency services;
  10. Reimbursement for the cost of any incarceration if incarceration is imposed;
  11. Probation supervision fees;
  12. The inability to travel while on probation or parole;
  13. The inability to consume alcohol while on probation or parole;
  14. The inability to consume drugs while on probation or parole. This may also include the inability to use medical marijuana if you are prescribed the same while on probation or parole. Some Judges will not even allow opiate based prescriptions;
  15. Alcohol/drug classes and the expenses for alcohol/drug classes while on probation or parole;
  16. Testing and the expenses for drug and alcohol testing while on probation or parole;
  17. Counseling and the expenses of counseling while on probation or parole;
  18. Community Service while on probation or parole;
  19. Victim Impact Panel attendance while on probation or parole;
  20. Alcohol and/or drug evaluation while on probation or parole;
  21. AA/NA or Rational Recovery attendance while on probation or parole;
  22. The inability to go into bars or other places where alcohol is primarily served for consumption while on probation or parole;
  23. Vehicle immobilization;
  24. Vehicle forfeiture;
  25. Ignition interlock device that would require no breath alcohol to start the vehicle;
  26. Driver's license sanctions;
  27. Increased automobile insurance;
  28. Life insurance can be denied or rates can be raised;
  29. Heath insurance individual policy rates can be increased or denied;
  30. Loss of ability to rent car from rental agency for period of time;
  31. Immigration consequences for aliens;
  32. The inability to travel to some foreign countries;
  33. The inability to immigrate to some foreign countries;
  34. Inability to possess firearms or other deadly weapons;
  35. Inability to hunt while on probation or parole;
  36. Loss of CCW permit or inability to obtain a CCW permit;
  37. Employment consequences due to incarceration or having a conviction on record, potential inability to drive or travel, licensing issues (under either state or federal laws), and/or morals clauses in some employment contracts;
  38. Loss of a company vehicle if you have the same as a benefit of employment;
  39. Military service consequences. For military service, a drinking and driving conviction can affect a soldier's security clearance, being denied privileges, base restrictions, delayed deployment, and potential discharge from service;
  40. School consequences such as the possible denial of admission to school;
  41. Any criminal conviction, even a drinking and driving conviction, may be a factor in a child custody or parenting time dispute;
  42. Credit score can be affected;
  43. Commercial driver's license can be restricted or revoked;
  44. Boating license can be restricted or revoked;
  45. Pilot's license can be restricted or revoked;
  46. Ability to become a lawyer due to character and fitness requirements;
  47. The humiliation of having others know about having a criminal conviction. Some internet sites publish information about a person's arrest and conviction, including mug shot photographs;
  48. Having an angry spouse;
  49. The expense of a lawyer to try and regain driving privileges in the future if your driving privileges are revoked;
  50. The depression, stress, and anxiety related with having to deal with some or all of the aforementioned consequences.

Given the potential consequences, it is important to be represented by an experienced criminal defense lawyer for any drinking and driving related offense in Michigan. Hiring the right lawyer may be one of the most important decisions you make for yourself and your family. There are many lawyers who claim to do more than what they are able - just as there are many surgeons in the world that are no better than butchers. Do not settle for a legal hack job. Practicing law is a skill that develops over time with experience, commitment, dedication, and God given talent.

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