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Bernard Ball & Associates offers Substance abuse counseling and evaluations for Michigan residents who have had a DUI and need help getting their drivers licenses reinstated.


In Michigan it is a crime for a driver to have a bodily alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or greater. In addition, Michigan has a high-BAC law with enhanced penalties for anyone caught driving with a BAC of .17 or higher. However, drivers can be arrested at any BAC level if they exhibit signs of impairment while operating a motor vehicle.

The Michigan State Police website lists the following costs and consequences of a drunk driving conviction:

If BAC is below .17 and this is a first offense:

Up to $500 fine
Up to 93 days in jail
Up to 360 hours of community service
Up to 180 days license suspension
6 points on a driver's license


If BAC is .17 or higher and this is a first offense:

Up to $700 fine
Up to 180 days in jail
Up to 360 hours of community service
Up to one year license suspension
6 points on a driver's license
Mandatory completion of an alcohol treatment program

Ignition interlock use and compliance after 45 days license suspension is required to receive a restricted driver's license. Convicted drunk drivers have limited driving privileges, are prohibited from operating a vehicle without an approved and properly installed ignition interlock device, and are responsible for all installation and upkeep costs for the device.

Anyone who refuses a breath test the first time is given an automatic one-year driver's license suspension. For a second refusal within seven years, the suspension is two years.


Convicted drunk drivers are subject to a $1,000 penalty for two consecutive years under the Driver Responsibility Act, for a total of $2,000 in additional costs.


Safer Alternatives


Tens of thousands of people are arrested annually in Michigan for alcohol-related driving offenses. To avoid a drunk driving arrest and the costs associated with such an arrest:


Designate a sober driver before drinking alcohol

Call a friend, cab, ride service, walk, or take the bus

Stay overnight

Bernard Ball & Associates

13425 19 Mile Road

Suite 200

Sterling Heights, MI 48313-1990


FAX: 586-362-8803


Advanced Counseling Services:


Taylor Office
20500 Eureka Road - Suite 200
Taylor, Michigan 48180

(586) 350-2561 Direct Line
(586) 777-0823 FAX


St. Clair Shores Office
24715 Little Mack - Suite 200
St. Clair Shores, Michigan 48080

(586) 350-2561 Direct Line
(586) 777-0823 FAX





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