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Under the Legal Limit - Drunk Driving Arrest

Under the Legal Limit - Drunk Driving Arrest.pngIn Michigan, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated can lead to criminal penalties. For example, you can be charged with an OWI (commonly referred to as a DUI) if you drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) above the legal limit of .08%. In addition, you can also be arrested for impaired driving if you operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. This means you are substantially and materially affected by alcohol.

Traverse County Commissioner Charged with Drunk Driving

Traverse County Commissioner Charged with Drunk Driving.pngChristine Maxbauer, the Chair of the Grand Traverse Board of Commissioners, was recently charged with drunk driving. She had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of twice the legal limit upon hitting a parked car in downtown Traverse City. Maxbauer remained at the scene following the accident and waited for the police to arrive. She took a breath test that resulted in a preliminary BAC of .16%. Maxbauer has been released on $2,500 bond and is required to take twice-daily breathalyzer tests.

DUI for Sleeping "it off" in the Car

DUI for Sleeping it off in the Car.jpgBelieve it or not, you can get a DUI for sleeping "it off" in the car. According to Michigan law, a driver could be arrested for a DUI if he/she is found sleeping inside his/her vehicle while intoxicated. A key consideration as to whether an arrest will be made depends on a few factors. Read on to learn more.

Could Your Trailer Hitch Get You Busted?

Continued tension nationwide between police and people of color has heightened awareness that police officers frequently feel empowered to stop motorists on the thinnest of pretexts - everything from improper pine tree deodorizers to oversized trailer hitches. Police often get away with questionable stops, but not always.

The Illinois Supreme Court determined last year that police officers in Chenoa overstepped their rights when they stopped a vehicle for having a ball-type trailer hitch that allegedly obscured the view of the rear license plate, a violation of Illinois Vehicle Code.

SCOTUS Reinforces a State's Right to Perform a Breathalyzer Test Without a Warrant

SCOTUS Reinforces a State's Right to Perform a Breathalyzer Test Without a Warrant.jpgThe U.S. Supreme Court determined, by a 5-3 majority, that states can legally require suspected drunk drivers to take a breath test without a warrant. The court also held that warrantless blood tests are unconstitutional. The holding will have a significant impact on suspected drunk drivers. 

How to Avoid a DUI

How to Avoid a DUI.jpgConsuming one beer or glass of wine prior to driving can result in you being charged with a DUI. Even if you feel okay to drive, your blood alcohol content may actually be above the legal limit. Below are 4 simple tips on how to avoid a DUI in Ann Arbor. Read on to learn more.