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Ann Arbor Marijuana Driver Impairment Tests

021208540-young-beautiful-brunette-insid.jpegWith the passage of laws allowing the recreational use of marijuana in several states, special interest groups are raising concerns about the potential dangers associated with people driving under the influence of marijuana. State legislatures and local law enforcement agencies are researching new technologies to detect a driver's marijuana impairment at the roadside.

How to Handle a Holiday DUI

033226285-new-years-eve-hat.jpegDuring the holiday season, Washtenaw County law enforcement increases DUI patrols. Even if you have consumed only one drink, you may be subjected to a drunk driving arrest. If you have been charged with a DUI do not panic. Though you may feel humiliated keep your wits about you and act fast in retaining counsel. Contact my law office for legal representation. Read on to learn more about how to handle a holiday DUI.

Can a DUI cause you to lose your job?

That depends on a few things: whether it's a charge or a conviction, and whether it's your first, second or third. However, one thing is certain: anyone with a DUI conviction will face a number of difficulties afterward, in everything from school to work to their personal life. But did you know you could be at risk of losing your job on top of everything else?

It hardly seems fair, if driving has nothing to do with the work you do. (Note: commercial drivers face specific, harsher penalties for DUIs.) All you have to do is get to work and do the job, right? But being charged with a DUI, or convicted, could affect your performance and lead to termination.

Michigan Police Brutality Victim Awarded Millions in Punitive Damages

011399150-police-special-equipment.jpegIn September 2010, Michigan resident William Jennings was arrested for drunk driving. Upon Jennings being processed into custody at Genesee County Jail, police officers threw him onto the ground and struck him multiple times. Jennings was awarded $36.6 million in punitive damages resulting from a lawsuit filed against the police department for the use of excessive force. Fortunately, a jailhouse camera captured the entire incident. The footage was admitted into evidence and was shown to the jury. This ultimately led to the jury rendering a verdict in Jennings favor.

Was your breath test affected by one of these factors?

The National Motorists Association estimates that there is an error rate of about 50 percent when comparing Breathalyzer results of blood alcohol content against blood tests that determine actual BAC. Many factors can affect the results, and you should be aware of them if you are ever charged with DUI. Here are some of the ways a Breathalyzer test could be compromised:

Crackdown on College Drinking

Crackdown on College Drinking.jpgCampuses across the nation are implementing new practices to crackdown on college drinking. For example, the University of Indiana has prohibited hard liquor at fraternity parties. At the University of Michigan, student patrols are actively enforcing a ban on kegs. Stanford University has limited the size of bottles students may possess on campus.

How prescription drugs can lead to a DUI

When you are out on the road, you need to be responsible for your safety and for the safety of the motorists around you. That is the spirit and intent behind DUI laws in most states, but despite that goal, the laws have some practical problems that lead to situations where people can be charged without realizing they were acting illegally. It can also result in people believing they are fine and facing charges they should not encounter because of the problems with the resources that law enforcement has to detect impairment and to make judgments.

Michigan DUI Probation Violation Consequences

photodune-6671140-in-jail-xs.jpgIt is not uncommon for a person to violate a probation condition in Michigan. Probation violations often occur when a person misses or fails his/her breath or urine test, is charged with a subsequent crime, or does not pay ordered court fines and costs. If you have violated your probation terms, you may be wondering "What is going to happen to me?" Depending on the nature of the violation, you may be required to serve jail time. Retain an attorney immediately if you receive notice of violating your probation terms. You will be required to appear before a judge to admit or deny that you violated your probation.

Avoid jail time after a first DUI offense

If you receive a DUI for the first time, there are probably many thoughts and worries that go through your head about how it will affect your life. One of your biggest concerns is probably "Will I go to jail for this?"

Though first-time DUI offenders could potentially receive jail time for at least a day, there are alternatives to jail so you can avoid facing a long-term sentence.

How Parents Can Help their College Student Avoid Alcohol Abuse

Thumbnail image for How Parents Can Help their College Student Avoid Alcohol Abuse 2.pngFall semester is the perfect time for parents to discuss the risks of alcohol abuse with their college student. The consequences of excessive alcohol use by students can be destructive and costly. Parents can use the following tips to help their college student avoid alcohol abuse. Read on to learn more.