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Punishments can vary for drunk driving and DUI convictions

Michigan law dictates the serious punishments that individuals may face if they are found guilty of DUI and alcohol-based driving charges. This post will generally discuss some of the penalties that they may be required to comply with in the wake of their convictions. But, those readers with case-specific questions are asked to discuss their inquiries with criminal defense attorneys. This post is not intended to provide legal advice.

Tougher drunk driving laws are not the most effective deterrent

When a drunk driver causes a fatal accident or one that results in life-changing injuries, it often ignites demands for tougher drunk driving laws. However, recent studies indicate that tougher drunk driving laws may not be the best deterrent to drunk driving. A survey indicates that increasing the likelihood of arrest and apprehension of drunk drivers is more effective than tougher penalties in lowering drunk driving rates.

What kinds of penalties can I face for drunk driving?

Many factors can influence the way a person is punished by the court system if they are convicted of a drunk driving crime in Michigan. Particularly, if the individual has prior convictions for drunk driving and the level of their blood alcohol concentration can affect how severely they are punished.

Drunk driving charges in Michigan

Law enforcement officials are always on the lookout for individuals who they believe are driving while intoxicated. When a person is suspected of driving with alcohol or drugs in their system, the stopping officer generally must find evidence of intoxication to make a drunk or drugged driving arrest. Across the state, there are a variety of impaired driving laws that law enforcement officers may employ to make arrests in cases of suspected drunk driving.

Felony drunk driving charges carry harsh penalties

Drunk driving is a legal issue that isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Motorists are often unable to tell whether they are beyond the legal limit, and police officers often overstep their bounds when pulling over and arresting motorists for suspicion of drunk driving. Although a DUI conviction may seem like a relatively minor offense, the truth of the matter is much different. A first time conviction can lead to a six month driver's license suspension (or more for higher BAC levels), up to a year in jail, community service, and fines.

Our firm competently handles DUI evidentiary issues

In the big picture of criminal law, where allegations of murder, rape and hate crimes can be made, drunk driving may seem like a relatively minor offense. Yet, for many Michiganders, a DUI charge and subsequent conviction can cause significant damage to their lives. Their reputation can be damaged, their driving privileges suspended or revoked and they might wind up facing jail time and fines. This can drastically impact their personal and professional lives, perhaps even leading to the loss of one's job.

Michigan's habitual drunk driver laws

Drunk driving allegations are serious. A DUI conviction could lead to significant problems including jail, fines, license suspension and problems with one's personal and professional lives. However, a Michigan resident could be facing even tougher penalties if he or she is deemed a habitual alcohol offender.

Fighting drunk driving allegations

Many Michigan residents find themselves subjected to criminal prosecution for allegedly drinking and driving near the holidays. Saturation patrols, DUI checkpoints and increased accidents can give police cause to test a driver for intoxication and, depending on the results, an arrest may be made. This can be scary for arrestees, and they may find themselves worrying about their future.

An overview of common defenses to drunk driving charges

Michigan residents may find themselves partaking in alcoholic beverages to ring in the New Year which, when done responsibly, is completely legal. However, with increased alcohol consumption during the holiday season, law enforcement officials will likely be out in significant numbers seeking out drunk drivers.

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