DUI charges are very serious, whether it is a first offense or the third. But as many of my readers in Michigan know, being charged with multiple DUI offenses can lead to increased penalties. The potential penalties often include substantial fines or even jail time when a conviction is obtained.
Police report that a woman was arrested recently on DUI charges for the third time. She was said to have crashed her vehicle into a bank of trees while driving away from officers who were attempting a traffic stop. Her 2-year-old daughter was in the car at the time of the accident.
After the collision, she was charged with DUI and driving on a suspended license. She was taken to the Wexford County Jail where she was reportedly being held. There was no immediate information available as to any court date scheduled.
Like all of those accused of DUI in Michigan, the arrested woman is entitled to the opportunity to present a full defense. She will be able to confront any witness against her and can challenge any evidence presented, including any results of blood alcohol tests or field sobriety tests, if they were administered.
Presentation of a defense is a fundamental right and is designed to hold a prosecution to its proof and to ensure that all legal rights of the accused individual have been preserved and honored. Once all of the facts and circumstances are known concerning DUI allegations, an accused person can make an educated decision about how to proceed.
Source: Record Eagle, "Pregnant woman arrested for drunk driving with toddler," March 29, 2012