While the punishment for an operating while intoxicated (OWI) offense is stiff, you could face enhanced penalties if charged with an aggravated OWI. Factors that can lead to an aggravated OWI include:
Other factors can also determine your punishment for an OWI. For example, while first and second offenses are considered misdemeanors, a third drunk-driving charge is considered a felony. Instead of spending time in jail, you may be sentenced to a year or more in prison for a third offense. The same goes for causing an accident resulting in serious injury or death while intoxicated—you could spend up to 15 years in prison if convicted. Please contact an experienced Michigan DUI attorney if you have been charged with an aggravated DUI.
In addition to incarceration, the judge may sentence you to perform community service, pay large fines, and complete an alcohol treatment program. You may also be subject to a lifetime driver’s license revocation upon conviction. The only way to get your license reinstated is to win your license hearing after a year. If your attempt is unsuccessful, you will have to wait another year before contesting your revocation.
These aren’t the only consequences you may face if convicted of an aggravated OWI. You will also be burdened with a criminal record for the rest of your life. Imagine the embarrassment you may experience if you apply for a job and are denied an offer because of a background check.
At The Barone Defense Firm, we have helped many citizens accused of OWI as well as aggravated OWI. Our lawyers are never content to let a client plead guilty, and we are prepared to fight for an acquittal. We can also attempt to negotiate with the prosecutor in order to reduce your charge or sentence.