One of the most damaging charges to have on one's record is a felony DUI. It can come with many negative consequences including prolonged jail time, massive fines, mandatory use of an ignition interlock device and others. In addition, employers will often lose interest in an applicant who has a felony DUI. Having a felony DUI on their record will affect Michigan residents for the rest of their lives.
In 2011, a 43-year-old man reached over to retrieve his cell phone that he had dropped. Suddenly, his car shuddered as the front end of his vehicle hit something on the road. Thinking it was a deer, he drove home and immediately notified police who promptly told him to return to the scene.
In September of this year, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide on whether police across the United States must get a search warrant before forcing a person suspected of drunk driving to have blood drawn. This comes in the wake of many states already having passed several laws which some have argued are against a person's fourth amendment rights.
It was an uneventful Thursday night for the employees at a McDonald's in Hastings until one of the workers was alerted to the fact that there was a vehicle at the drive-thru. But instead of a quick order, the worker claims to have gotten a slurred mess of words which then allegedly escalated into irate yelling.
Michigan Representative Bob Genetski is currently on trial for DUI-related charges. Among the contentions from the defense is that the blood alcohol tests that were administered at the time of his arrest were contaminated. If successful, the politician could be found not guilty of all charges against him. If he is convicted, he faces potential fines, loss of license and driving privileges and possibly jail time.
Two off-duty Michigan police officers were allegedly drunk when they crashed the car that they were driving last month. In fact, at least one of the pair, the police officer who was driving at the time of the collision, faces potential DUI related charges. A warrant seeking a drunk driving charge has reportedly been sent to the local prosecutor's office for review.
Last week I posted about the Michigan "super drunk" law that defines a higher level of drunkenness as a blood alcohol level of 0.17 percent. Under the drunk driving laws in our state, a blood alcohol level of 0.17 percent or greater can face harsher penalties than those whose BAC is under that threshold.
Accusations of drunk driving may lead to serious ramifications in Michigan, including a license suspension, points on a driving record and fines. However, even when drunk driving does not cause injury or death to oneself or another party, the alleged drunk driver could still face serious penalties.
It is often true that news stories about arrests and possible criminal conduct are based on information provided by police. While this is understandable, it has the unfortunate side-effect of not necessarily giving the suspect a fair shake. That may be the case with an alleged Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or drunk driving incident in Washtenaw County.Early in the morning of December 11, a man was reportedly arrested after his 2011 Ford F-series pickup truck allegedly crashed into several trees on Monroe Street in Saline. Emergency personnel quickly responded to the incident and had to stabilize his spine before transporting him on a backboard to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. His current condition was not available, and the man's identity had not yet been released.
Controversy surrounding political personalities often produces a whirlwind of media fodder. Being in the public eye means mistakes that may otherwise go unnoticed often end up as front-page news. The mayor of Lansing Michigan, who was also a candidate for governor in 2010, is currently discovering this reality. Criticism over his daughter's recent arrest following blood-alcohol tests has intensified the public's awareness.