Late last year Michigan passed a law amping up the penalties for a high “blood alcohol content" or high “BAC". Informally this is known as the “Super Drunk Law".
The difference between regular drunk driving and Super drunk is that super drunk carries with it a serious increase in penalties if found guilty. Before the Super drunk law, the drunk driving penalties on the first offense were:
In order to qualify for super drunk, your blood alcohol content is at least 0.17. The legal limit for driving is still 0.08. Super drunk only applies when your blood alcohol is more than twice the legal limit.
If you qualify for super drunk the penalties are now amped up to:
If you choose to have the interlock put on your car, then you have to pay for it. The monthly maintenance can cost you nearly $100.00 and that’s not counting the cost of the device itself or its installation cost.
Now that you know what happens if you get saddled with super drunk, how do you know if you have been charged with super drunk? Sometimes the arresting officer will write it on your ticket. Where the ticket lists offenses it will read “High BAC" or “OWI High BAC". However, even if your ticket didn’t charge it, and you blew a 0.17 or higher, the prosecutor still has the option of charging you with super drunk.