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Multiple DUIs may lead to increased penalties

As I have noted before on my blog, Michigan has a new "super drunk" law that applies to people who are charged with drunk driving charges and have a particularly high blood alcohol level. However, this legislation applies only to first-time DUI offenders. Those with multiple past arrests for suspicion of DUI cannot be charged under the "super drunk" statute, though if convicted they would face stiffer sentencing due to their past behavior.

Two Michigan men were separately arrested and charged with DUI on Feb. 6 and 7. Both men are accused of DUI and police records indicate that they each had blood alcohol levels in excess of 0.30. However, neither man has been convicted, and authorities will have to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law before any conviction can occur.

Reports indicate that the men had multiple prior arrests and convictions for DUI and license suspensions. These prior convictions can influence the punishment that the charged men will receive if they are convicted of DUI. Increases in penalties are common when there have been prior offenses.

The Detroit men appeared in Oakland County Circuit Court where bail was set for each at $25,000. Each man is fully entitled to the legal rights that protect all people charged with a crime, including the presumption of innocence as they prepare to defend themselves to achieve a favorable outcome. Those who have been charged with driving under the influence may find it helpful to speak with an experienced DUI defense attorney.

Source: MLive, "Ferndale police arrest two men with 47 combined license suspensions, 5 prior drunk driving convictions," Jonathon Oosting, Feb. 7, 2012.

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