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Michigan veteran struggling after DUI charge

Driving while under the influence has become a common driving offense for many Michigan residents. Many individuals facing DUI or DWI charges know how expensive and life-damaging the charge can be. For many offenders, DUI's can cost them their careers by having their driver's license suspended or revoked. For one veteran convicted of DUI, he recently lost more than just his license.

The 29-year-old DUI offender experienced the horrible effects of a driving under the influence charge. The Iraq war vet was pulled over after driving above the speed limit on a county road in Springfield. In his preliminary breathalyzer test, he blew between 0.08 and 0.10, which is over the legal limit. He was one of the 616 people convicted in his county alone. Since it was his first conviction, he faced having his driver's license suspended for many days which greatly hindered his social life. But because he incurred a second offense at roughly the same time, the veteran paid over $5,000 in fines and had his license revoked instead of suspended. He is now unable to drive his car and has found difficulty in getting to work.

For many first time offenders, a driver's license will often be suspended for up to 90 days. To people that depend on their license for work, the suspension could be a major inconvenience. Some commercial driving jobs will terminate their employees if they discover that an individual has a license suspension or revocation.

While no two cases are identical, it is important for any Michigan resident facing a drivers license suspension or revocation to seek the help of a legal attorney. For many, losing a license can be the end of a career. It is imperative for these people to discuss their options with a qualified professional.

Source: Battle Creek Enquirer, "Paying a high price: Drunken driving exacts a toll on those stopped by the police," Trace Christenson, March 16, 2013

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