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DUI Laws and Alcoholism Resources in Michigan

Michigan DUI Laws: What to Know

Drunk driving is sometimes called driving under the influence (DUI) or operating while intoxicated (OWI). Typically, this involves operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of at least 0.08 percent. Let us explore the Michigan DUI laws, the various penalties if you’re convicted of DUI, and some of the resources available if you or someone you know needs help with an addiction.

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michigan dui laws

According to Michigan DUI laws, an OWI can be charged when an impaired person puts the vehicle in a significant risk of causing collision (i.e. if the engine is on and if the vehicle is in gear).

While this typically involves driving your car on the road, you can also get a DUI charge in Michigan simply by sitting in a parked car while intoxicated.

Drunk Driving Statistics

Michigan DUI Laws Include Mandatory DUI Classes

Michigan calls its mandatory DUI classes “Alcohol Highway Safety Classes.”

Anyone charged with substance use, related traffic offense may be required to obtain an alcohol screening or substance abuse evaluation, or participate in awareness classes.

Offenses that may require assessments and/or classes include:

The first level is approximately eight hours of classes. In Michigan, you can search assessment and class providers by county.

Alcoholism Hotlines/Support Groups

It can be difficult to know when alcohol abuse is serious enough to call a hotline or locate help.

A few indicators that you may need to seek help include:

  • You have alcohol cravings that are hard to fight on your own
  • Drinking causes problems in your life, but you don’t know if you should stop
  • You feel more depressed or anxious after drinking
  • Drinking alcohol is one of your top priorities
  • You’ve experienced alcohol poisoning or overdose
  • You’ve been arrested for driving drunk before

Below are free, reputable 24/7 alcoholism hotlines awaiting your call:


24/7 Help at (877) 589-4784

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline

1-800-662-4357 (HELP)

Addiction Treatment


National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)


DrugRehab.com Alcoholism Treatment Line


Starfish Family Services (Headquarters)

3000 Hively Inkster, MI 48141

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Information on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

As you may know, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a nonprofit organization with the stated purpose of enabling its members to “stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.”

Founded in 1935, AA is nonprofessional, self-supporting and apolitical.

There are no age or education requirements.

The only membership requirement?

To have a desire to stop drinking.

“Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous” is a book made popular by AA when it first published in 1939.

This group of principles has since helped millions of men and women recover from alcoholism.

The AA program is rooted in the Twelve Steps and its principles.

Here’s a typical AA meeting agenda:

1. AA Members share their experience with anyone seeking help with a drinking problem; they give person-to-person service (“sponsorship”) to the alcoholic coming to AA from any source.

2. The AA program offers alcoholics a way to develop a satisfying life without alcohol.

3. This program is discussed at AA group meetings, which encompass open speaker meetings, open discussion meetings, closed discussion meetings, step meetings (usually closed) and correctional/treatment facility meetings.

To find your local AA chapter, search this national directory provided by AA

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