If you are a parent, an OWI conviction in Michigan can impact your relationship with your children. For example, if you are divorced and have a custody arrangement with your former spouse, an DUI conviction could be used to convince a judge to restrict your custody or visitation rights. If you are considering adopting a child, a drunk driving conviction could negatively affect your adoption application.
In Michigan, if you are charged with OWI and had a passenger under the age of 16 in the car at the time of the arrest, you could be charged with OWI Child Endangerment.
A first-offense OWI Child Endangerment is considered a misdemeanor and carries the following penalties:
A second OWI Child Endangerment offense is considered a felony and carries the following punishments: