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What happens if I refuse the breathalyzer test?

Drivers in Michigan who are pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence will more than likely be asked to take a breathalyzer test. While you have the right to refuse the test, it is important to understand there are penalties for saying no. These need to be taken into consideration when weighing the benefits and risks of the test.

How are alcohol addictions treated?

If you’ve recently been charged with drunk driving in Michigan, you probably have a lot on your mind. One thing you may be concerned about is whether you have an addiction to alcohol and how to seek treatment if so. WebMD explains the different treatment options that will be available to you if you decide to seek professional help.

Boating while intoxicated carries the same penalty as DUI

With a huge freshwater coastline, five Great Lakes and several thousand inland lakes, Michigan is a boater’s dream. Labor Day is a chance for friends to get together and families to have reunions. It may be one of the last chances of the season for everyone to hit the water on power boats, pontoons and jet skis. At Vandervoort, Christ & Fisher, P.C., we know that imbibing during celebrations on the water can result in serious injury.

Is drunk driving a felony?

The laws in Michigan set a variety of consequences for those who a court finds guilty of driving while intoxicated. If you were convicted, you might find yourself branded as a felon. However, this is not typically the case. Most DWI charges are not felonies.

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

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