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Ann Arbor DUI/DWI/OWI Law Blog

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.

Top 5 Consequences of a DUI Conviction

Top 5 Consequences of a DUI Conviction.jpgDriving under the influence of alcohol is the most common criminal offense committed in the United States. If you are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in Ann Arbor, you could face serious repercussions. From paying penalties and fines, to serving time in jail, being convicted of a DUI will impact your life. Read on to learn more about the top 5 consequences of a DUI conviction.

Teen Challenges Michigan's Warrantless Breathalyzer Law

Teen Challenges Michigan's Warrantless Breathalyzer Law.jpgShould the police be required to obtain a warrant to administer a breathalyzer test for minors suspected of drinking or being in possession of alcohol? Michigan high school student Cassie Guthrie believes a warrant should be required. The honor student has recently challenged the constitutionality of a Michigan civil law that punishes anyone under the age of 21 who refuses to submit to a warrantless breathalyzer test. Guthrie claims that the law violates her 4th Amendment right to be free from an unreasonable search and seizure.

5 Signs You are Too Drunk to Drive

5 Signs You are Too Drunk to Drive.jpgIf you have been out drinking with coworkers during happy hour, or if you are heading home after a holiday party, you may be wondering whether or not you are sober enough to drive. Fortunately, your cell phone may be of use in determining whether or not you should get behind the wheel. You can use your cell phone to call a cab or friend, or request an Uber or Lyft.

Breath vs. Blood Test - Which One Should You Take?

Breath vs Blood Test Which One Should You Take.jpgIf an Ann Arbor police officer believes a driver is operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, he/she will request for the driver to take a series of field sobriety tests. Depending on the results of the field sobriety tests, the officer will arrest the driver and take him/her down to the police station or a hospital to administer a breath or blood test.

5 Things You Need to Know About Your DUI Case

5 Things You Need to Know About Your DUI Case.jpgBeing charged and convicted of a DUI in Ann Arbor can result in serious professional and personal consequences. Below is an overview of the 5 things you need to know about your DUI case. Read on to learn more about what may happen to you if charged with a DUI in Ann Arbor.