On behalf of Law Offices of Derrick E. George, P.C. posted in drunk driving charges on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.
According to a report released by the personal finance website Wallethub on Aug. 10, Michigan is the 9th most lenient state when it comes to punishing those guilty of DUI.
Wallethub analysts compared drunk driving penalties in all 50 states and Washington D.C. to compile the list.
Michigan received a cumulative score of 30.91%, just behind Vermont and just ahead of Pennsylvania. A DUI isn't considered a felony until the 3rd offense in Michigan, which has no minimum jail time on the 1st conviction and just 5 days on the 2nd.
Old DUIs only factor into new penalties for seven years, whereas life or 15 years is the standard in some states.
Michigan also has relatively lean fines for DUI and its average insurance rate increase after DUI is 9%, according to the report.
Arizona has the harshest DUI penalties, including long jail times while South Dakota is the most lenient on drunk drivers thanks to no mandatory jail time.
Here are some fast facts about DUI in America, according to Wallethub
- The average fine for 1st DUI ($352) is higher than an Uber fare from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia
- You could get all the way to New York with the average fine of a 2nd DUI ($762)
- All but 6 states can automatically suspend the license of someone arrested for DUI, even before court involvement.
- 88% of states require offenders to equip their vehicles with ignition interlock devices after DUI.
- Repeat offenders spend an average of nearly 3 weeks longer in jail than first-time offenders.
- Alcohol-abuse assessment and/or treatment is mandatory after a DUI conviction in 37 states, including Michigan.
- DUI offenses stay on your criminal record for at least 6 years in 84% of states, but they remain for life in 5 states.
- On average, red, conservative-leaning states have tougher DUI laws than blue states, which rank, on average, 5 spots lower.
Get Help With Your DUI/OWI
If you have been arrested on a DUI charge in Oakland County, please reach out to The Law Offices of Derrick E. George, P.C. for help. Unlike other traffic related charges, which might be worth fighting without a lawyer, conviction for a DUI/OWI has serious consequences, especially if the incident involved injury to people or property, or if it's your second or subsequent DUI. To avoid or reduce the consequences, your best bet is to find an attorney who is knowledgeable about Michigan's laws and about how the system works in your District's court.