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Ann Arbor DUI/DWI/OWI Law Blog

Hungover Driving is Still Impaired Driving

photodune-12154727-young-drunk-man-sleeping-in-the-bar-m.jpgIt is never safe to get behind the wheel and drive after consuming alcohol. Most people believe that if they wait an hour or two after drinking alcohol they will be okay to drive. Well, per multiple international studies, drivers who are hungover are just as dangerous as drunk drivers. To put it simply, hungover driving is still impaired driving. Read on to learn more.

Drinking Caffeine May Result in a DUI Arrest

photodune-493876-coffee-m (1).jpgIn August of 2015, 36-year-old Joseph Schwab of California, was pulled over for allegedly cutting off a California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agent. The agent was driving in an unmarked vehicle. The agent pursued Schwab and pulled him over for allegedly driving erratically.

Understanding the difference between misdemeanor and felony DUI

If you have recently been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence , you probably have a lot of questions regarding the consequences and process you will be faced with. Whether this is the first time it has happened or not, you should be aware of the legal implications. One important differentiation to make is whether you have been charged with a felony or misdemeanor DUI. There are several important differences to note, including these four.

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.