Michigan DUI second offenders have experience with the criminal justice system. This person has been arrested before, been arraigned in front of a judge, met with an attorney about their case, and ultimately made a decision to go to trial or plead guilty to a crime. Jail becomes a real possibility for a second offense, and a second offenders number one priority is usually avoiding jail.
Along with the possibility of jail for a Michigan DUI second offender comes mandatory license revocation for your Michigan license and vehicle immobilization of your vehicle for 90 days.
If you're facing a Michigan drunk driving second offense, you are also wise to enter alcohol therapy as soon as possible, because alcohol rehabilitation is mandatory for repeat offenders. Being pro-active about your alcohol issue may convince a judge that you're taking this problem seriously, and could convince that judge that jail is not necessary.
Your decision the first go around will probably influence your decision for your Michigan DUI second offense. You may be kicking yourself for not challenging the first drunk driving charge, and may be more aggressive the second time. No matter your decision, be mindful that a second conviction means you're only one conviction away from a felony for a third offense and mandatory jail.
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