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DUI arrest may lead to suspended license in Michigan

Jail time is one of the possible consequences that an alleged Driving Under the Influence offender may experience. While most motorists in Ann Arbor should be concerned about this punishment, a drunk driving charge, even before conviction, may carry certain repercussions. One of these is a driver's license suspension.

The recent actions of a 78-year-old man, who reportedly had a blood-alcohol level of 0.15, may lead to a suspended license. According to sources, police attempted to pull the man over after he failed to stop at a red light on Fort Street in Trenton, Michigan. Police alleged that the accused man continued to drive for five additional blocks before stopping. Supposedly, when the accused drunk driver rolled down his vehicle's window, officers noticed that his eyes were bloodshot and that his speech was slurred. Police also reported that they smelled alcohol in the man's vehicle.

As a result, the driver was taken into custody and transported to the county jail. He failed the field sobriety test and results showed that the man's blood alcohol level was almost double the legal limit in Michigan.

Losing the right to drive may be considered minor compared with some penalties, such as jail time, in the event of a drunk driving conviction. On the other hand, considering that driving is part of everyday activities, losing the freedom to drive can be difficult. A drunk driving charge on a person's record can affect employment opportunities, housing loans and other opportunities.

Michigan drivers charged with drunk driving may wish to contest the allegations against them. An experienced defense attorney may conduct an independent investigation regarding the arrest and examine the evidence used in the case. In doing so, the charges can be reduced or dropped if it is determined that any part of the arrest process was illegal or if the evidence is otherwise tainted or unreliable.

Source: The News-Herald, "Trenton: 78-year-old man arrested for driving under the influence," Ashley Sword, June 28, 2013

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