Attorney J. Dallo explains when an OWI is a felony in Michigan. If you’ve been charged with an OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) in Michigan, contact Dallo Law, P.C. at (248) 283-7000 to begin your defense today.
An OWI becomes a felony when it’s that person’s third OWI. That’s the most common way that a drunk driving case leaves the realm of being a misdemeanor to now becoming a felony. And it no longer becoming a city case but now becoming a state matter. The driver faces much more serious penalties and restrictions. If an OWI caused a death, even if it’s a person’s first one, the driver’s first one, that is a felony.