As I have discussed in previous posts, law enforcement officers in Ann Arbor take drinking and driving very seriously. In fact, a DUI can follow some people around for years. In a recent case, a wide receiver for the University of Michigan football team was sentenced to jail after violating probation terms from a DUI he received this summer.
On Friday, the football player appeared in district court for sentencing after he allegedly violated his probation terms from a June drunk driving conviction. According to reports, he was found to be driving with a revoked license during a traffic stop. The Ann Arbor judge sentenced him to 10 days in prison. The summer conviction led to a sentence of two years' probation. According to Michigan's coach, Brady Hoke, the wide receiver is still a member of the team.
According to reports from the Associated Press, the student-athlete was also convicted of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and driving with a suspended license in 2008. He was jailed earlier this year for allegedly violating the terms of that probation.
This case shows how seriously Michigan courts and police take drunk driving offenses. Because of this, it is important to know your rights if you have been accused of driving while intoxicated.
Like anyone else, police officers are not perfect. Sometimes mistakes are made in the field that can be used to your advantage. As I talked about last week, there is a chance that a breath test or field sobriety test was flawed. Experienced defense attorneys understand the many facets of a DUI case and may be able to help you navigate the legal system.
Source: The Washington Post, "Michigan WR Darryl Stonum jailed for 10 days for violating probation in drunken-driving case," Associated Press, Jan. 6, 2012