People tend to make bad decisions when they drink alcohol. Whether it is calling an ex lover in the wee hours of the morning or dancing on top of a bar, alcohol can drastically alter one’s judgment. For many Michigan residents, operating a motor vehicle has been one of those misjudgments committed while under the influence. In many cases, driving under the influence of alcohol has caused a lot of trouble for offenders. Facing any form of drunk driving charges can come with detrimental consequences.
Anything from a damaged reputation to a loss of a career, DUI convictions comes with more consequences than most people realize. The penalties and embarrassment is even worse when a police officer is charged with a DUI. Recently a Michigan off-duty officer was charged with DUI after crashing his car into a tree. The officer was allegedly driving over 100 mph when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree. It is reported that he had a blood alcohol content of .235 percent, almost tripling Michigan’s legal limit of .08.
Just like any other Michigan resident, police officers are subjected to the same harsh penalties associated with a DUI. Heavy fines exceeding $1,000 and possible jail sentences are some of the basic penalties DUI offenders will face. For repeat offenders, license revocation and mandatory installation of an ignition interlock system may be required.
The best way to avoid a DUI is simple – to not drink and drive. However, people tend to make poor decisions while they are drunk. One bad decision should not haunt an individual for the rest of their life. Any Michigan resident facing a drunk driving charge may find an attorney helpful.
Source: FOX 17, “Battle Creek Cop Sentenced For Drunk Driving Crash,” Jenna Converse, May 29, 2013