Suppose that you and your friends are out enjoying a few drinks and your designated driver decides to join in for a few rounds before driving everyone home in your vehicle. Or, imagine that you and a friend both have been drinking and decide that the “more sober” person will drive home; you then hand your keys over and let your friend take the wheel of your car.
Although you may have had good intentions in both of these scenarios, the fact is that under Michigan state law, you can be held legally responsible for knowingly allowing an intoxicated person to operate your vehicle.
If a person is arrested for operating while intoxicated (OWI) while driving your vehicle, you could face criminal charges. The severity of the charge and the potential penalties you face will depend on the particular circumstances of the driver’s OWI case.
If the driver is charged with OWI and caused significant injury to another person, you could be charged with a felony and face the following penalties:
If the driver caused the death of another person, you could face a felony charge and the following punishments:
If no death or injury was involved, you could be charged with a misdemeanor, which carries the following potential penalties: