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"Super drunk" laws enforce heavy consequence for MI offenders

Many Michigan residents have been charged with a DUI or DWI over the years. When the accused blows over the legal blood alcohol content limit of 0.08, they are considered in violation of the drunk driving laws and face a penalty. But a new state law will enforce stricter penalties based on the individual's BAC.

The new "super drunk" law enforces heavier consequences for offenders who have a BAC level of .17 or higher. The law only applies to first time offenders and results in enhanced punitive punishments, including a mandatory year of alcohol rehabilitation. Recently a Northville Township woman was pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving. When the police pulled her over she blew a .153 in a preliminary breathalyzer test but later, after going to the police station, she blew samples of .17 and .18. She now faces several drunk driving charges and may be subjected to the new "super drunk" laws since she blew a .17 or higher.

This may be an issue since the preliminary test was only a .15. Offenders that fall into the "super drunk" law are also required to install an ignition interlock system on their car for at least one year. The system must be paid for by the offender and prevents his or her vehicle from operating if the driver cannot provide a BAC reading of .025 or less. Stiffer fines and increased jail time may result as well.

Any Michigan resident facing drunk driving charges may be susceptible to the new "super drunk" laws. It is important for offenders to seek the help of a legal attorney to insure they avoid falling into this category. Breathalyzers and other testing methods are not fool proof and if there was an incorrect result or malfunction, it is good to have attorney on the side of the accused.

Source: Northville Patch, "Woman Arrested on Drunk Driving Charges With .17 Percent BAC," John Mckay, March 8, 2013

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