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Driver with prior DUI offense is subject to felony DUI

Near Ann Arbor, Michigan a 27-year-old man was stopped by police for driving under the influence. According to sources, authorities alleged that they spotted the man's vehicle drifting from one lane to another while driving east on Ford Road on July 15, 2013. Allegedly, the Westland man had slurred speech, blood shot eyes and smelled of alcohol when the police pulled him over in the parking lot. As a result, the driver was taken into custody and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

As reported, the accused drunk driver failed several field sobriety tests. Police stated that the man had a blood-alcohol content of 0.167, which is twice that of Michigan's legal BAC limit. His license plate was seized and his vehicle was impounded. This was allegedly the man's second DUI offense.

A standard DUI charge in most states is considered a misdemeanor. However, a misdemeanor DUI can turn into a felony under certain circumstances.  One way for the DUI to become a felony is if the DUI offense causes an injury or death.

Also, a driver may be charged with a felony DUI if the person has 2 or more prior convictions. A motorist's multiple prior convictions of drunk driving may vary from state to state but they can lead to severe penalties. In Michigan, a felony DUI may include a revoked license and prison time. Unfortunately, a DUI charge can tarnish a person's record regardless of whether it is true or not.

Facing a felony DUI charge in Michigan can be difficult for the accused person. That is why having a solid defense that can contest the allegations may be essential. With the help of a legal professional, the defendant may have a good chance of obtaining justice in the case.

Source: Patch, "Westland Man Arrested in Second Drunk Driving Offense," Nicole Krawcke, July 18, 2013

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