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December 2012 Archives

Michigan man accused of multiple crimes after traffic stop

A 46-year-old Michigan man may need a considerable amount of help from his criminal defense attorney after he was arrested this month and charged with at least five crimes in St. Joseph County.

Cutting down on underage drinking deaths with medical amnesty

In 2009, Michigan's House of Representatives took a huge step towards eliminating deaths associated with underage drinking but passing the "Medical Amnesty"-or "Good Samaritan"-bill, which grants amnesty to underage drinkers who seek medical attention for alcohol-related health issues.

Treating the person better treats the problem, says research

When a person in the state of Michigan gets arrested for drunk driving, the prosecuting attorney generally pushes for harsh sentences such as prison time. In fact, this has been the trend, and especially in the case of repeat offenders, some have questioned if this really is the best way to treat the problem.

NTSB wants ignition interlocks for first-time offenders in all states

Every state should require convicted drunk drivers, including first-time offenders, to use ignition interlock devices to prevent drunk driving accidents in the future. It's a bold statement being made by the National Transportation Safety Board this month; a statement, it would seem, that they intend as a New Year's resolution.

Troy police make 10 arrests in 4 days

Nearly everyone in the state of Michigan knows that police have been cracking down of drunk driving offenses in the last few months. Some have said this is because the holiday season is upon us while others point out that pressure from the state legislature and activist groups such as MADD are a huge reason why the number of traffic stops has increased.

Multiple drunk driving convictions lead to 6 years in prison

A 52-year-old Wisconsin man was sentenced to six years in prison this month after incurring his 10th drunk driving conviction in the state. But according to police, his record has allegedly twice that many.

Tie one on for safety campaign launches this month

Nationwide, between Thanksgiving and Christmas last year, more than 1,000 people lost their lives in drunk-driving accidents with several thousands more sustaining serious injuries as well. Nearly equal as many were arrested and convicted of a wide variety of drunk-driving offenses.

US Supreme Court ruling orders officers to announce sobriety checkpoints

In 1990, the U.S. Supreme Court made a ruling that would allow officers to establish sobriety checkpoints across the United States provided they acknowledged certain guidelines such as publicizing the locations of these checkpoints across the state.