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Michigan has multiple penalties for OWI offenders. There are administrative penalties and financial ones. Offenders will likely have their license suspended for a period of time, but they can regain driving privileges if they are approved for a restricted license. To be approved, they must meet several criteria including installing an ignition interlock device. This guide will go over the interlock process in Michigan.
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Michigan drivers may find their license suspended following an OWI offense. This penalty is typically enforced, even for first offenders. Some offenders can get back behind the wheel if they obtain a restricted license. An ignition interlock is required, and Intoxalock meets all of Michigan’s criteria.
The legal BAC (blood alcohol content) limit in Michigan is .08 percent. Any offender who is found driving with a BAC at or above that limit risks several penalties. These penalties include jail time, fines, and administrative penalties like license suspension.
Penalties increase for second offenders, particularly if the offense is within seven years of the first. They risk up to a year in jail and 30 to 90 days of community service. Their driver’s license can be revoked for up to a year, and their license plate may be confiscated. Offenders could have their vehicle immobilized for up to 180 days or even forfeited.
If the incidents involve an elevated blood alcohol content, .17 percent or higher, there may be harsher penalties. There are also harsher penalties applied to offenders who cause injury, death, or property damage during the alcohol-related driving incident.
There are still consequences for offenders who refuse a chemical or breath test to determine their BAC. The consequences are similar to those faced by offenders found to have a blood alcohol content above the legal BAC limit in Michigan. They include:
Some OWI offenders may be able to regain their driving privileges if they install an ignition interlock and are approved for a restricted license. The ignition interlock is required and may be required beyond the suspension period by the court. To qualify, offenders must:
There may be additional criteria depending on the circumstances of the offense.
Intoxalock devices are fully approved by the state of Michigan, meaning offenders can use them to fulfill any IID requirement handed down by the court.
An ignition interlock device is a small machine designed to keep offenders from re-offending and keep other drivers safe on the road. They ensure sobriety because:
The court will clarify this, but typically it is determined by statute.
Intoxalock has more locations than any other ignition interlock provider. Intoxalock is the #1 IID brand, with more than 4,500 locations nationwide.
Offenders in Michigan are responsible for the cost of their device.
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