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New Year's Eve: Consequences for driving drunk

Posted at 9:38 AM, Dec 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-31 10:28:20-05

LANSING, Mich. — A good night can turn bad this New Year's Eve if you get caught driving under the influence.

0.08 is the magic number and if your blood alcohol content reaches that level you might bring your new year in behind bars.

“Now there is a maximum amount of jail time which is 93 days for a standard operating while intoxicated or operating while visibly impaired which is still a drunk driving conviction, just a lesser grade”, said Attorney Mike Nichols.

The consequences for super drunk violations includes 180 days in jail, substance abuse treatment and driving restrictions.

“Your license is gone for a year. It will be suspended completely for 45 days. If you can afford a breath alcohol ignition interlock device which is like one of these PBT’s that's equipped on your car, you can drive with that if you can afford it for the balance of the year after the 45 days”, Nichols said.

Drunk driving can also lead to injury accidents or even turn fatal which can stamp your record with felony charges and prison time.

According to Attorney Nichols, drivers have the right to refuse a roadside breath test but that comes with a $250 fine.

If you are arrested and fail the chemical or blood test at the police station, your license will be revoked for a year.

The Nichols Law Firm is giving away Uber coupons for New Year’s Eve.

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