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West Michigan man's drunk driving charges get acquitted

It is common for a person charged with drunk driving to feel that it is an uphill battle. After all, here in Michigan, the enforcement of drunk driving laws is taken very seriously. However, no matter how hard it may seem, it is important for a person not to be disheartened as the possibility of a reduction of the charges or an outright dismissal may not be as remote as it seems.

Such was the case of a 45-year-old West Michigan man who was acquitted of a drunk driving charge. The charges stemmed from an incident that happened last February. According to police, a public school bus driver complained that the man backed his pickup truck into the bus, causing it to be unnecessarily pushed into an intersection. Fortunately, the bus did not contain passengers at that time. Investigators also noted that the man was intoxicated.

However, it was argued that the cause of the accident was not alcohol-related but was due to mechanical failure. The man also smelled of alcohol because he drank rapidly after the accident.

He was eventually cleared of the reckless driving and driving while intoxicated charges and he was only ordered to pay a fine for failing to report the accident. A small fine is a proverbial slap on the wrist compared with potential consequences like a license suspension, installation of an ignition interlock system and serving time in prison.

An Ann Arbor, Michigan, resident in a similar situation should take the man's case to heart. Charges can be lessened or dismissed by using a persistent and aggressive defense.

Source: The Alpena News, "Man acquitted of most charges after pickup hit bus," Sept. 17, 2013

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