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Repeated DUI may result in very long driving license suspension

Anyone who engages in drunken driving should understand that a DUI charge result in lost driving privileges for a long time. One or more previous convictions for such an offense can lead to lost drivers license for an even longer time and sometimes imprisonment. Such violators might see their driving license suspended or revoked on conviction and then be unable to legally drive for many years, if ever.

Michigan authorities recently arrested a 47-year-old Fraser man for drunk driving. It was his seventh arrest since 1981 when he was a teenager in Oregon. His last arrest, in Sandusky, Michigan apparently was in 2005. This time, his blood alcohol content was almost three times higher than the legal limit of 0.08. The man pleaded not guilty in a preliminary hearing and was released after posting bail.

According to Macomb County Sheriff's deputies, the accused man was stopped at 1 a.m. while driving northbound and in the wrong direction from his stated objective of returning home to Fraser. Reportedly, deputies initially stopped him for a speeding violation when they observed him traveling at 75 miles per hour in a zone posted for 45 mph in Mt. Clemens.

Michigan's drunken-driving laws prescribe strict penalties for repeated DUI offenses. A second drunken-driving conviction is likely to land a violator in jail for five days and it might mean a loss of driving privileges for one year. A third drunken-driving conviction becomes a felony and could mean prison for up to five years, a driving license suspension of several years and ignition locks on any vehicles.

Those who have been charged for repeated drunk driving offense need to be careful in protecting their driving privileges. They should employ a strong and meticulous defense to ensure that their rights are not subverted.

Source: Macomb Daily, "Habitual drunken driver charged 7th time," Gordon Wilczynski, Feb. 08, 2013

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