What happens if I am convicted of a second, or even third alcohol-related driving offense?

Michigan’s drunk driving laws have stiffened during the past decade as awareness of the dangerous effects of alcohol has increased. Under current law, your second offense will automatically result in a 6-month suspension of your license and you will need to apply to the Secretary of State to have it reinstated. Depending on your driving record, the suspension could be longer. It is important to know, however, that the judge has nothing to do with this portion of your punishment. Your driver’s license is under the control of the Secretary of State.

Upon plea or conviction of a second offense, however, the judge will sentence you to a variety of punishments, including jail time. Some judges will give you just a taste of life in the county lock-up while others, depending on the circumstances, will arrange for a much longer stay.