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Michigan DUI defense attorney Paul J. Tafelski Explains the Facts About DUI Driving Penalties

By: Magic PR

Michigan DUI defense attorney Paul J. Tafelski ( releases a new article explaining the facts about DUI driving penalties in Michigan. The lawyer mentions that a driver convicted of OWI, OWVI, or Superdrunk in Michigan can face many different sanctions that can affect their driving privileges. It is also possible for a person to lose their driver’s license even before they are convicted of DUI if they refuse a chemical test after their arrest. 

“This is called an implied consent violation and the penalty is a one-year suspension of your license and six points, even if you are innocent of the actual drunk driving. It’s essential to hire a knowledgeable DUI defense attorney promptly to protect your driving privileges if you have been arrested for drunk driving or operating while intoxicated. For implied consent violations you forfeit your right to appeal the refusal if you do not make a request for a hearing within 14 days of the arrest,” the Michigan DUI defense attorney says. 

The lawyer further mentions that it can be difficult to move around Oakland County as well as metro Detroit without a car. This is why when people lose their license, it can be very difficult. However, it is important to understand that after a DUI arrest in Michigan, a person’s driving privileges can be in jeopardy. The penalties for a DUI charge are not usually imposed by the judge, but are administered through the Secretary of State. 

If a person is arrested for DUI and refuses either the data master test or a blood draw if requested, their driver’s license will be administratively suspended for one year or longer. They will then gave have 14 days from the date of their arrest to request a hearing with the Michigan Secretary of State’s Driver Assessment and Appeal Division. 

The lawyer adds, “If you fail to request the administrative hearing, or the Driver Assessment and Appeal Division upholds the suspension, you will lose your driving privileges for one year for a first violation of the implied consent law or two years for a second refusal within seven years. You need a knowledgeable DUI defense lawyer representing you because the DAAD is a very rigid and technically oriented agency that does not give any help to people who don’t know what they are doing.” 

Apart from the breath refusal cases, a Michigan DUI first-time offender may receive up to six points on their driving record. Their driver’s license could be suspended for up 6 months and their license could be restricted after 30 days. The first offense of operating while visually impaired will result in a restricted license for 90 days.

Lastly, the Michigan DUI attorney explains how important it is to seek the guidance of an experienced attorney when being charged with DUI. Having a skilled attorney may help the defendant create a successful defense strategy and gain their freedom. Also, a skilled DUI attorney may be able to study the case in a more in-depth manner and help the defendant understand their rights and responsibilities in the case. 

About Michigan Defense Law
Michigan Defense Law is a firm that takes the presumption of innocence very seriously. Every client deserves competent legal representation. No matter if someone is facing a felony or misdemeanor charge, the lawyers at Michigan Defense Law will work hard to vigorously defend the client and achieve the best outcome for them. Call Michigan Defense Law today at (248) 451 2200 to schedule a consultation.


About Paul J. Tafelski, Michigan Defense Law | Criminal Attorney and DUI Lawyer

With over 25 years of combined experience in criminal defense law, the talented legal team of Paul Tafelski and David Goukassian at Michigan Defense Law is devoted to the defense of good people who have found themselves in difficult circumstances.

At Michigan Defense Law, we take the presumption of innocence seriously and fully believe that every client is due a skilled legal defense. Whether you have been accused of a misdemeanor or are faced with a felony conviction, we are committed to diligently defending you and achieving the best possible outcome on your behalf.

Contact Paul J. Tafelski, Michigan Defense Law | Criminal Attorney and DUI Lawyer

2525 S Telegraph Rd suite 100
Bloomfield Hills
MI 48302
United States

(248) 451-2200


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