DUI Related Suspensions in Michigan


When arrested for DUI or driving under the influence in Michigan, criminal penalties are not the only punishment those convicted should be concerned about. There are many negative consequences of a drunk driving related arrest and conviction, including driver’s license suspension and suspension/loss of a professional license. At Grabel & Associates, we work diligently to provide a strong and effective defense for those arrested for DUI, OWI, OUIL and other drunk driving offenses. Our highly trusted team is also dedicated to protecting clients' driving privileges. If your driver's license has been suspended or revoked due to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, we will work to get you back on the road.

Suspensions Related to OWI in Michigan

When convicted of operating while intoxicated in Michigan, your driver's license will be suspended even if it is your first DUI offense. Subsequent offenses (2nd, 3rd, etc.) will result in a longer suspension period or revocation, a more serious sanction on your driving privilege.

  • A first DUI conviction will result in a 30-day suspension of your license, followed by 150 days in which your driving privilege will be restricted. During the first 30 days, you cannot drive for any reason.

  • A second DUI conviction within 7 years of the first will result in your license being revoked for a minimum of one year. This means absolutely no driving for an entire year.

  • A third DUI conviction within a 10-year time period will result in your license being revoked for a minimum of five years.

It is important to note that although Michigan law imposes these minimum time periods, there is no guarantee your license will be restored when the suspension/revocation period has lapsed.

License suspension for violation of Michigan's Implied Consent Law

In Michigan, individuals who refuse to take a chemical, blood, or breath test will have their driver's license suspended immediately by the Department of Motor Vehicles. For simply refusing a test, you may be prohibited from driving for one to two years. When you obtain your license in Michigan, it is automatically implied that if requested to submit to a breath or blood test for suspicion of DUI, you will consent. Failure to do so will result in license suspension, regardless of whether you are convicted of driving under the influence.

CDL Suspension for Michigan DUI

Many people don't think about the possible consequences of a DUI to their commercial driver’s licenses. Not only can a conviction for driving under the influence have a negative impact on an individual's reputation, it can hurt his or her career. If convicted of a drunk driving offense in Michigan, your career could literally come to an end. Naturally, this affects all aspects of your life, not to mention your livelihood.

Depending on the circumstances, professionals who hold a professional license such as in positions as a nurse, doctor, or other healthcare provider or lawyer, engineer, or accountant may have their licenses suspended. This is usually a result of the decision of a state board, who may decide to impose professional discipline. For example, individuals who are employed in the health industry as a doctor, nurse, anesthesiologist, dentist, etc. may be disciplined by the board when it is determined that the individual's actions may potentially affect his or her ability to perform job duties in a safe, professional manner.

Contact Scott Grabel Today

As you can see, a conviction for driving under the influence can impact your life, reputation, and career in more ways than you ever imagined. Our Michigan driver's license restoration attorneys are dedicated to protecting your driving privilege, and have a stellar track record for having licenses, which have been suspended or revoked reinstated. Contact us online or call our office today at 1-800-677-9795.

Please note: Recently DLAD/DAAD changed their name to the Administrative Hearings Section (AHS). Common use of the name AHS has not yet been widely accepted and the entity responsible for driver’s license hearings is still referred to as DLAD/DAAD in almost all legal areas, which is why we continue to use the term “DLAD/DAAD” throughout our website. More information about this change can be found at the Michigan Secretary of State’s website here.