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Ann Arbor DUI/DWI/OWI Law Blog

County Official Blames Chicken Nuggets for His Drunk Driving Arrest

pablo (18).pngMontcalm County Commissioner Jeremy Miller was recently arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Commissioner Miller was initially stopped by the police for speeding near his home. Miller was clocked driving 58 mph in a 30 mph zone.

Latest US DUI Statistics

pablo (16).pngDrunk driving is one of the leading causes of death for young adults in America. Though drunk driving arrests have declined in Michigan over the past decade, Michigan residents still experience high fatalities and car accidents involving drunk drivers. The latest US DUI statistics are as follows:

Michigan's repeat DUI offender penalties

If you have ever been convicted on a drunk driving charge in Michigan, you may be aware of just how much such an event can affect your everyday life. You may lose your license and find you are no longer able to get to and from work without it, and you may find your family members or friends may be hesitant to help you. You may, too, have to shell out considerable money on hefty fines and legal representation after your incident, and your auto insurance is likely to skyrocket as a result.

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.