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UBAL (Operating with an Unlawful Blood Alcohol Level) [MCL 257.625]

  • Commonly called per se drunk driving. A person must be operating a vehicle with at least a 0.10% blood-alcohol concentration. Unlike OUIL, it is irrelevant whether or not the driver is affected by the alcohol.
  • Penalty: Identical to a conviction for OUIL.

UDAA (Unlawfully Driving Away an Automobile) [MCL 750.413]

  • Car theft. Willfully and without authority, taking possession of and driving or taking away (or assisting in or being a party to such taking possession, driving or taking away) of any motor vehicle belonging to another. Unlike Joyriding, U.D.A.A. requires proof of theft.
  • Penalty: Felony - up to 5 years.