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Drunk Driving Archives

Is it possible to overcome DUI charges with a defense strategy?

It is important for our readers understand the many differences that can exist in legal cases that result in the same criminal charges. For example, the circumstances surrounding two different DUI charges may be very different and may involve two very different alleged drunk drivers. For this reason, our readers should recognize that defense strategies to criminal matters must be tailored to fit the needs of the individuals that they support.

Hartford man charged in fatal accident

A 22-year-old Hartford man faces charges of Moving Violation Causing Death after police said the pickup truck he was driving struck a bicyclist from behind. Though witnesses, including firemen, stopped to offer help, the bicyclist died at the scene. While the current charge is a misdemeanor, the accident is still under investigation and the charge could be upgraded.

Kalamazoo woman in jail, charged with operating while intoxicated

Jail time is the maximum penalty for driving offenses, as it pertains to the law. There are less severe consequences if a Michigan resident is convicted of a serious driving offense, like drunk driving, but it depends on whether or not a person is convicted or their specific situation.

Those accused of DUI can build a legitimate criminal defense

Different people will reach or exceed the legal limit for drunk driving differently, so it's easy to see how someone could be pulled over and be charged with DUI. Whether it's your first DUI charge or you have been accused or convicted before, there are ways to build a legitimate criminal defense. Despite the evidence, everyone has a right to seek counsel and build a defense that tells their side of the story. The potential consequences can vary in severity for those who are ultimately convicted of drunk driving charges. Minimizing those consequences, or preventing a specific consequence, like a license suspension, may be goals of someone who is charged with DUI.

High BAC offense convictions come with significant penalties

In the last decade, a drunk driving law was added to the statutes of Michigan that highlighted a particular category of Operating While Intoxicated offense: the high BAC offense. A high BAC offense is defined as one where the suspected drunk driver has a blood alcohol concentration of .17 grams or more. The state's baseline BAC level for drunk driving charges is .08 grams.

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