License Sanctions for OWI, OWVI, OWI 2nd, and High Bac Convictions

The loss or restriction of your driver license is a major consideration when dealing with a drunk driving case.  Although we practice mainly in the various Oakland County courts, the license sanctions that are imposed are statewide and applicable to every conviction.  With that being said, here are the license sanctions for each type of conviction:

  • Operating While Visibly Impaired - If you are convicted or plead guilty to an impaired driving, you will be given a three month restricted license, which allows you to drive to work and court.
  • Operating While Intoxicated - If you receive an operating while intoxicated conviction, you will lose your license on a hard suspension for thirty days, followed by a five month restricted license that would allow you to drive to work and court.
  • High Bac Superdrunk Driving - If you receive a high bac conviction, you will lose your license on a hard suspension for forty-five days, followed by a ten and a half month restricted license.  As part of the license sanction, an interlock device on your vehicle is mandatory for that entire period and you must petition the Secretary of State to have the interlock device removed.
  • Operating While Intoxicated Second Offense - If you receive two alcohol based convictions within seven years, then the Secretary of State will automatically revoke your license for a minimum of one year.  In order to get the license back, you must be successful at a hearing with an administrative judge from the Secretary of State.  The seven year time period is from conviction to conviction, so there are times when you can save yourself from the revocation, so long as the 2nd conviction is beyond the seven years from the first conviction.