While driving along the highway or road, many Michigan residents are plagued with fear when they see the red and blue lights flashing in their mirror. Getting pulled over by the police can be a scary time, even if it is for a minor offense such as a broken taillight. But even the most minor offenses can give officers the right to pull someone over. This situation becomes even scarier when an individual has been drinking. Getting charged with driving under the influence is one of the most detrimental offenses someone can face.
Recently a 48-year-old Michigan man was pulled over by police for numerous equipment violations. When the police approached his truck they noticed three empty vodka bottles and four young children. After failing field sobriety tests, the father was charged with a DUI and child endangerment. He allegedly had a blood-alcohol level of 0.29, nearly three times Michigan’s legal limit.
In the state of Michigan, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a BAC above .08. Offenders who are charged with a DUI can face possible jail time, heavy fines, alcohol treatment classes and have their license suspended. It can also mean damage to their reputation and possible termination from their job.
Anytime children are in the car, the consequences can increase. For first time offenders, if they have a BAC above .17 or higher, heavier consequences will often follow including mandatory one-year driver’s license suspension.
Either way, a DUI is not something most Michigan residents want on their record. For residents facing DUI charges, an attorney may provide defense and additional advice. Michigan is well known for being very strict with their DUI laws. Accordingly, anyone who is accused of DUI should mount the best possible defense.
Source: The Macomb Daily, “Drunken Mt. Clemens driver had 4 kids in pickup, police say,” June 4, 2013