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DWI charges over the Fourth of July

Being charged with drunk driving can be tough regardless of the time of year. However, there are certain occasions which can be particularly challenging for people to work through. For example, someone who is pulled over and charged with this offense over the Fourth of July may find their holiday (and entire summer) shattered as a result of the allegations. There are a number of reasons why some people are more likely to drive drunk during this holiday and it is important to be mindful if you plan on celebrating at a family party or establishment where you might consume alcohol.

Field sobriety tests not always accurate

Despite the stereotypes that still abound today, many very responsible and accomplished people in Michigan find themselves arrested for and accused of drunken driving. It is actually easier than one might thing to be in this position especially when you realize what an officer needs to actually place you under arrest.

What to know about Michigan’s repeat DUI & OWI offender laws

As you might imagine, if authorities pull you over in Michigan and subsequently charge you with drinking and driving, the penalties you may face typically increase in severity if you received a similar conviction within a given period. At Vandervoort, Christ & Fisher, P.C., we recognize the negative impact repeat driving under the influence or operating while intoxicated convictions can have on your life, and we have helped many clients facing such charges defend their rights and seek the most favorable outcome possible.

Can I go to jail for a drunk driving offense?

If you face drunk driving charges in Michigan and are wondering whether you can face a jail sentence as one of the potential consequences, the short answer is yes. However, for first time offender, and assuming it resulted in no injuries or deaths, the chances of finding yourself behind bars is slim.

The consequences of an OWI/DUI conviction

At Vandervoort, Christ & Fisher, P.C., in Michigan, we know that the drunk driving laws are very tough in this state. If you have been charged with operating while intoxicated, an OWI conviction could result in a number of adverse consequences, such as a jail sentence, probation, your driver’s license being suspended, and fines and/or court costs.

Are you required by law to take a breath test?

Most in Battle Creek are likely familiar with what a breathalyzer device is and what it used for. You might have even heard that if you are pulled over by law enforcement for suspicion of driving under the influence that you are required to take a breath test. At the same time, you might remember that your constitutional rights protect you from unlawful searches and seizures. So the question is are you really required by law to take a breath test

Are more women being charged with drunk driving?

With Labor Day weekend coming soon, it is expected that law enforcement agencies will step up surveillance in order to catch drivers under the influence of alcohol or prescription drugs. Like the other summer holidays (Memorial Day and Independence Day) the greater number of drivers presents a greater danger for tragic accidents caused by drunk drivers.

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