From the minute a person is pulled over for suspected drunk driving, his or her life begins to change dramatically. Even at arrest, a driver’s rights and freedoms start to erode: confiscation of license; impound of car and license plate; placement in a jail/holding cell; judicial arraignment. Once charged, the driver faces even harsher penalties, including long-term incarceration, extensive probation, significant fines/costs, immigration consequences and/or inability to travel to many countries, including Canada. This says nothing of the collateral consequences to a person’s reputation and self-esteem.
All that said, the one consequence that weighs heavily on every arrestee’s mind is his or her driver’s license: Will my license be suspended or revoked? How do I get to work, or support my family? When will I be eligible to drive again? This Handbook is designed to explain Michigan’s various drunk/drug driving statutes and the consequences of an arrest or conviction on a person’s Michigan Operator’s License. It provides tips on how to avoid suspension, revocation or other license sanctions—and if unavoidable—how to restore those privileges.