When it comes to drinking and driving in Michigan, penalties can be harsh, and the effects can be long lasting. When someone younger than 21 is charged with drunk driving, they need to be aware of what could happen to them if they are convicted. A 19-year-old Howell man is facing that reality after being charged with DUI right after having to say goodbye to a friend who was about to be deployed to Afghanistan.
The charges stem from a serious single-car accident that he allegedly caused shortly after he spent the evening at a party for his friend. The accident occurred on Norton Road early in the morning in early November.
The 19-year-old man was driving his SUV southbound on Norton when his vehicle ran off the road and struck a bridge embankment. Police reports say the SUV then struck several trees before stopping in a creek near Burkhart Road. The man was able to perform a breath test that indicated a blood alcohol content of 0.14, less than twice the legal limit in Michigan. He was transported by ambulance to Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital in the Washtenaw County area for treatment and is facing DUI charges. Police further claim the man had both empty and full bottles of beer in his vehicle.
Although it is easy to make assumptions about an individual based on the presence of bottles in a car, assumptions do not count as evidence in court. But the man now faces the prospect of having to defend himself in court while recovering from his injuries. Like anyone else, the individual is entitled to a vigorous defense that ensures protection of his legal rights and helps prevent his life from being irreparably harmed from the charges.
Source: The Livingston Daily News, "19-year-old Howell man charged for drunk driving," Lisa Roose-Church, Nov. 9, 2011