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Frequently Asked Questions about DUIs in Michigan

Frequently Asked Questions about DUIs in Michigan

1. Do I have to consent to taking a preliminary breath or chemical test?

No. Under Michigan State law, you have the right to refuse to take a preliminary breath test and/or a chemical test. If you refuse to take a preliminary breath test, you will receive a civil infraction ticket. However, if you refuse to take a chemical test without good cause, your driver's license will be automatically suspended for one year. Furthermore, a warrant can be issued allowing a chemical test, such as a blood sample, to be taken from you in order to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC).

Drunk Driving Arrest Warrant - Should You Turn Yourself In?

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In 2013, Matthew Cordle turned himself in for causing a fatality while driving drunk in Ohio. He initially hid his crime, but later made a video confession about the matter and published it online. Cordle was arrested and formally charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and driving under the influence after the video was released. He was later sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison upon his conviction. The judge also ordered his driver's license be suspended for life.

What You Should Consider When Hiring an Ann Arbor DUI Attorney

What You Should Consider When Hiring an Ann Arbor DUI Attorney

Before you hire an Ann Arbor DUI attorney, you should review his or her qualifications to ensure that you receive the best legal representation possible. For example, you should inquire about the attorney's drunk driving defense experience and whether the attorney has been successful in obtaining a reduction in charges or case dismissal for his or her clients.

The Increase of Police Using Social Media to Investigate Crimes and Gather Evidence

The Increase of Police Using Social Media to Investigate Crimes and Gather Evidence

Social media networks are commonly used by law enforcement agencies for public relations, crime prevention, and to investigate crimes by spying on suspects and individuals on probation or parole.

Drunk Driving Convictions in Michigan - Driver's License Restrictions, Suspensions, & Revocations


If you are arrested for drunk driving in Michigan, in addition to facing criminal charges, you will also have to face civil administrative penalties with Michigan'sSecretary of State Driver Traffic Safety Division (TSD). The TSD will determine whether or not your driver's license will be restricted, suspended, or revoked as a result of your drunk driving conviction. Read on to learn more.

Michigan Commercial Driver's License Drunk Driving Penalties


If you have a commercial driver's license (CDL), and are arrested for drunk driving in Michigan, you will face enhanced driver's license penalties if convicted. Enhanced penalties may apply even if you are driving a non-commercial vehicle at the time of your arrest.

Initiatives States are Taking to Stop Parents from Driving Drunk with Children in Car


A 26-year-old man faces his 5th drunk driving charge. A police officer approached his vehicle upon seeing it stopped in the middle of an intersection at a yellow caution light. A Van Buren County sheriff's deputy later determined that the man was intoxicated after conducting a breath test and that he had a 4-year-old child in the car with him. The man was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) and child endangerment.

Should You Appeal Your DUI Conviction?

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Have you recently been convicted of a DUI in Michigan? Do you believe your conviction was made in error? An experienced drunk driving attorney can help you take the necessary legal action to appeal your conviction. Read on to learn more.

The Benefits of Hiring a Former DUI Prosecutor in Michigan


When you are charged for drunk driving in Michigan, finding and hiring a DUI attorney may be a challenging task. For example, you will need to consider several factors when retaining counsel such as the attorney's trial experience, their past experience with handling DUI cases, and if he/she has the proper knowledge and resources to adequately represent you.

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Stacey M. Washington, Attorney and Counselor
214 South Main Street, Suite 207
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: 734-274-6567
Toll Free: 888-769-0091
Fax: 734-929-9731

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