DUI charges in Michigan can be overwhelming because a person faces serious consequences that put their freedom, future, and financial security at risk. Drivers will face charges if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is over .08%. However, if their BAC level is closer to .11%, the chances of a conviction are much higher. If you face DUI charges and you are reasonably sure that you will be convicted, you are probably weighing the options of pleading guilty or “no contest.” But there are essential things you should consider before you make a decision.
What Happens When You Plead Guilty to a DUI?
After the police detain you for DUI, you will receive a court appearance date for arraignment. An arraignment is where you decide to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. If you plead guilty, you'll receive a conviction, and the court will issue a sentence. Sometimes people don’t understand that pleading guilty means that they will be convicted and sentenced. Once you enter a guilty plea, it is difficult for you to withdraw your plea. For that reason, it is essential to have an attorney so you can weigh your options before your arraignment and understand their consequences.
What Are the Consequences of a Conviction?
DUI convictions in Michigan are considered misdemeanors punishable by up to six months in jail and hefty fines. You may also lose driving privileges and get your driver’s license suspended for up to a year. You might also have to attend driving school, or you might be on probation for a few years to ensure that you’re no longer drinking and driving. These consequences can be elevated if you have prior DUI convictions or if your BAC was .15% or more. If you were charged with a DUI and you injured someone, you can face up to five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
Experienced Farmington Hills DUI Defense Attorneys!
If you’ve been charged with a DUI, you need a strong legal advocate on your side who will investigate your case and explain the different options available for you. I’m Attorney Daniel D. Hajji, an experienced Oakland County DUI defense attorney, and I know what it takes to represent your rights. If you’re thinking about pleading guilty, contact my firm first to ensure that you are protecting your rights and obtaining the legal representation you need to get the best possible results for your case.
Call my office today at (248) 599-0054 to discuss the different options available for your case!