A 30-year-old man was recently taken to the Washtenaw County jail in Michigan. According to the report, the man was incarcerated for allegedly driving while intoxicated. The police officers claimed that he was driving with a flat tire when they caught him.
The authorities approached him and allegedly smelled alcohol on his breath. The alleged drunk driver was taken into custody after he consented to a preliminary breath test and field sobriety tests. Allegedly, the preliminary test results gave police enough cause to make a drunk driving arrest. Although the Chelsea man may be charged with drunk driving, his case is still open as blood test analyses are pending.
A drunk driving conviction in Michigan could result in large fines, a license suspension and imprisonment. Even if a person is charged with drunk driving and that person but never gets convicted, the charge itself can still negatively affect the person’s life. The situation can thus be quite frightening for someone who is accused of DWI, particularly if he or she considers that the potential consequences can ruin his or her reputation and employment opportunities.
The details of the person’s arrest may be useful in challenging a drunk driving charge. Police may initiate a stop if they have a reasonable suspicion that the driver is driving drunk. If police still suspect the driver after the initial investigation, they may order the person to perform field sobriety tests. Even after the tests, the police are not allowed to arrest the person without probable cause. Probable cause and reasonable suspicion, or the absence thereof, are common facets of a drunk driving defense.
Contesting a drunk driving offense is the legal right of all Michigan residents accused of a DUI. An alleged drunk driver will have the chance to obtain favorable results in his or her case and want the help of a knowledgeable attorney in exercising that right.
Source: Chelsea Standard, “Chelsea: Man seen driving with flat tire is arrested for drunken driving,” Ben Baird, July 31, 2013