OWI Causing Death or Serious Injury Michigan

In Michigan, the charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) or visibly intoxicated (OWVI) causing death or injury is a serious criminal offense. Because the results of this related offense are fatal, the penalties for these charges are severe.

Like in any criminal case, it is always the State of Michigan’s prosecutor’s burden to prove all elements of the charge beyond a reasonable doubt in order to convict someone of operating while intoxicated causing death or injury.

Defending OWI causing death or injury are similar to the defenses for OWI

Involuntary Intoxication

Faulty Breath or Blood Alcohol Test

Person being charge was not driving the vehicle

Error in the administration of field sobriety tests

 

If you have been charged with Operating while Intoxicated or Operating while Visibly Impaired causing death or injury please call Aaron J. Boria, PLLC, at (734) 453-7806.

For more information on drinking and driving in Michigan click here.

OWI Causing Serious Injury or Death in Michigan Penalties

1st Offense (no prior related crime)

OWI Causing Serious Injury

This is a felony charge and includes 1 or more of the following or both:

Up to 5 years in prison

Fines of $1000 to $5000 plus costs

Minimum 1-year revocation of driver’s license

6 points on your driving record

Possible vehicle immobilization for up to 180 days

 

OWI Causing Death

This is a felony charge and includes 1 or more of the following or both:

Up to 15 years in prison

Fines of $2500 to $10000 plus costs

Minimum 1-year revocation of driver’s license

6 points on your driving record

Possible vehicle immobilization for up to 180 days

 

OWI Causing Emergency Responder Death

This is a felony charge and includes 1 or more of the following or both:

Up to 20 years in prison

Fines of $2500 to $10,000 plus costs

Minimum 1-year revocation of driver’s license

6 points on your driving record

Possible vehicle immobilization for up to 180 days

 

2nd Offense (no prior related crime with 7 years)

OWI Causing Serious Injury

This is a felony charge and includes 1 or more of the following or both:

Up to 5 years in prison

Fines of up to $1000 to $5000 plus costs

Minimum 5-year revocation of driver’s license

6 points on your driving record

Required vehicle immobilization for 90 to 180 days

 

OWI Causing Death

This is a felony charge and includes 1 or more of the following or both:

Up to 15 years in prison

Fines of up to $2500 to $10,000 plus costs

Minimum 5-year revocation of driver’s license

6 points on your record

Required vehicle immobilization for 90 to 180 days

 

OWI Causing Emergency Responder Death

This is a felony charge and includes 1 or more of the following or both:

Up to 20 years in prison

Fines of up to $2500 to $10,000 plus costs

In terms of driver’s license and driving privileges:

Minimum 5-year revocation of driver’s license

6 points on your record

Required vehicle immobilization for 90 to 180 days

 

 

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