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Former Michigan State football player faces drunk driving charges

Many Michigan residents have probably heard of Michigan State junior TyQuan Hammock because of his three seasons as a Spartan football player. Many fans remember his critical 29-yard-catch that led Michigan State to beat TCU in the Buffalo Wild Wins Bowl last December. Unfortunately, the football star faces drunk driving charges after a recent arrest for both drunk driving and carrying a handgun while drunk.

The incident occurred when Hammock was pulled over by Michigan State University police on suspicion of drunk driving. The initial report stated that the junior had a blood alcohol level of 0.09, just over the legal limit of 0.08. Often times blowing between 0.08 and 0.09 falls into the margin of error for a breathalyzer test and can be challenged in court. Hammock originally faced misdemeanor DWI charges of carrying a concealed weapon and driving drunk with a BAC between 0.08 and 0.10. He later agreed to a plea deal that erased his weapons charge in exchange for pleading guilty to operating while visibly impaired.

Since his BAC was only slightly above the legal limit, he will not face heavier charges from Michigan's "super drunk" law. For many DUI offenders, the "super drunk" law can cause super problems. Any first-time DUI offender who has a BAC of 0.17 while operating a motor vehicle could face the new "super drunk" law, which subjects offenders to more jail time, mandatory alcohol treatment classes, heavier fines and the installation of an ignition interlock system on their cars.

Drunk driving charges can be extremely stressful for those facing them. Any Michigan residents who have recently been charged with some form of DUI should know experienced Michigan DUI defense attorneys can help present the best case possible.

Source: Michigan Live, "TyQuan Hammock arrested for DUI, weapons charge around time he parted ways with Michigan State," Brandon Howell, March 19, 2013

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