FAQs

Drunk Driving: High BAC

What is a High BAC offense?

Effective October 31, 2010, there is another type of alcohol-related driving offense.  This offense, also known as a High BAC offense provides increased sanctions for individuals convicted of operating a motor vehicle with an alcohol content of 0.17 or more.

What is the “new” (2010) Michigan Super Drunk Driving Law?

Going into effect October 31st, 2010, the new Michigan Super Drunk Driving Law provides much harsher penalties for those first time offenders convicted of drunk driving while having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.17 or higher including:

  • Possible jail of up to 180 days (as opposed to 93 days)

  • Increased Fines ($700) & Fees

  • At the defendant's expense, mandatory participation and completion of an alcohol treatment or self-help program for up to 1 year.

  • A mandatory driver's license suspension of one year, with no driving for the first 45 days followed by a restricted license for the remaining 320 days.

  • Installation of a Breath Alcohol Interlock Ignition Device (BAIID) on your vehicle at YOUR expense during restricted license period.

  • And if there is a violation of the BAIID systems, an additional year of the suspension can be added.

Penalties for a new Super Drunk Driving conviction in conjunction with previous OWI offenses are even more harsh.

What is a High BAC offense?

Effective October 31, 2010, there is another type of alcohol-related driving offense.  This offense, also known as a High BAC offense provides increased sanctions for individuals convicted of operating a motor vehicle with an alcohol content of 0.17 or more.

What happens to my driver’s license if I am convicted of a High BAC offense?

If this is your first alcohol-related driving offense, your driver’s license will be suspended for one year.  You may be eligible for a restricted driver’s license after 45 days.