Michigan enforces strict penalties for those who are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI). However, if you are found guilty of drunk driving and were involved in an accident that resulted in the serious injury or death of another person, you will face a felony charge, which carries significantly steeper penalties.
It is important to note that you may face a felony charge for causing the serious injury or death of another person regardless of whether you were operating while intoxicated (OWI), operating while visibly impaired (OWVI), operating with a presence of drugs (OWPD), or operating with a suspended, revoked, or denied license.
If you are involved in an accident while driving under the influence, you may face the following penalties for causing personal injury or death:
If you are involved in an accident that causes serious injury or death and your blood alcohol content was .17 or higher, you will face an additional five years of imprisonment added to the maximum allowable sentence.
If you are involved in an accident while driving under the influence, you may face the following penalties for causing property damage:
In addition to these penalties, the owners of the damaged property could bring a civil lawsuit against you. This could cost you further in time and money spent in court costs, legal fees, and potentially restitution toward the damages.