On July 4th we Celebrate Freedom, so Stay Free and Out of Jail!

Happy 4th of July! Be smart, stay sober and don’t end up in jail!

On a day set aside for celebrating freedom,there’s nothing worse, than to end up behind bars. And yet it happens every 4th of July all over Michigan. People get arrested for drunk driving (among other things) and get carted off to the county lock-up. There they spend their Independence Day about as far removed from hot dogs, cold beers, fireworks and freedom as it’s possible to get. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can enjoy the 4th and still make it home safely after the fun ends. How, you wonder? By following these simple tips…

Tips for avoiding a DUI this 4th of July:

  1. Host the party at your place (and then let your guests crash there, or make sure they Uber home so you don’t have to bail them out tomorrow!)
  2. If you party away from home, get a ride. Whether it’s catching a ride with a friend, planning a designated driver in advance, or calling a taxi, there are loads of options for safe travels after you’ve had one (or ten) too many.
  3. Plan to stay over. (Pack a toothbrush and a change of pants, and crash at your friend’s house after the party ends. That way you can head home the next day after you’ve had a chance to sleep it off.
  4. Moderate your drinking. Drink slowly, have a glass of water between each alcoholic beverage, and be sure to stop drinking several hours before it’s time to leave. That way you can make it home safely without risking a DUI arrest.

The cops will be out in full force all over Michigan this 4th of July.

Michigan law enforcement officials say that they’ll be stepping up patrols all over our state for the 4th of July, and the two week period that follows Independence Day. So expect to see more cops, and encounter more traffic enforcement through July 14th. But why exactly, you may wonder, are there going to be so many police officers roaming the streets during this holiday period? Because the stats don’t lie, and we’ve got to tell you – the data is grim!

The 4th of July is one of the deadliest DUI days in the year!

According to research done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety using data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, July 4th is one of the deadliest days of the year! Here in the U.S., every year on July 4th about 118 people die in fatal car crashes where alcohol is a factor. That’s even higher than the death toll for New Year’s eve! So be sure to plan ahead and stay free and stay alive this Independence Day!

Stay sober and stay out of jail!

By the way, here’s an important tip for you to remember all the time. If you decide to sleep it off in your car, you might still be at risk for getting charged with DUI. For example, if the keys are in the ignition while you’re sleeping, you can still be charged. If the keys are even close by, such as in your pocket, that might also cost you an arrest. To avoid arrest, the keys should be somewhere other than inside your car while you’re sleeping,. 

If you misjudge your sobriety, get the right help protecting your future!

We’ve all done it – made a mistake about how well we can handle our booze. Or assumed we’re doing better than we really are. Or lot track of how many drinks we had, and made the mistake of assuming that because we feel fine, we are fine. If you end up pulled over by the cops somewhere in mid-Michigan this 4th of July for drunk driving, call The Kronzek Firm at 866 766 5245 (866 7No Jail). Our experienced team of DUI defense attorneys has been helping people to fight drunk driving charges for over a quarter century. We can help you too.

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What Will The Cops Make me do During a Roadside Sobriety Test? (Pt 3)

If a cop thinks you’re drunk behind the wheel, they’re going to look for signs to support that theory, and then arrest you!

Hey there, welcome back and thanks for coming back to check out our list of things Michigan cops might ask you do during roadside sobriety tests. As we pointed out in the previous two articles, there are lots of different tests cops can ask you to do to prove that you’re sober (or drunk, if that’s the case). Remember though, you have no obligation to comply with a request to do the field sobriety tests. The reality is that the roadside sobriety test is only a part of the assessment a cop does on you when they think you’ve been drinking. In truth, cops are checking you out long before they even pull you over…

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What Will The Cops Make me do During a Roadside Sobriety Test? (Pt 2)

Trying to walk and turn while intoxicated can be very difficult! (And the cops know that!)

Hey there, welcome back and thanks for joining us. We’ve been talking about roadside sobriety tests here at The Kronek Firm, and what the cops will expect you to do if they pull you over for suspected drunk driving. In the previous article we looked at three commonly used roadside sobriety tests, including having you touch your nose with your eyes closed, stand on one leg without falling over, and tracking an object side to side with your eyes and without losing focus. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg – there are loads more tests cops like to do when they think you’ve had one too many. However, to be very clear, you have no obligation to agree to take those roadside sobriety tests. There are no civil and no criminal penalties for refusing to do those field sobriety tests. Now that you understand that, here are some other tests they like to use:  

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What Will The Cops Make me do During a Roadside Sobriety Test? (Pt 1)

The officer can ask you to close your eyes and touch the tip of your nose with your finger, … but no peeking!

If you’re ever pulled over by a cop in Michigan who thinks you’ve been drinking, you’re probably going to be asked to take a roadside sobriety test. The officer may ask you a few questions, like “Have you had anything to drink this evening?” or “How many drinks did we enjoy before driving home today?” DON’T ANSWER THAT!  Lawyer up. Your are not required to answer questions except the ones about your name, address, driver’s license, etc.

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Should Michigan Set a ‘BAC’ Limit For THC Now That Weed is Legal?

Drugged driving is illegal in Michigan, and any amount of THC in your system could get you into trouble.

It’s a question that seems to be coming up a lot lately – what should the state of Michigan do about potential drugged driving cases now that recreational marijuana is legal? It’s something that state officials have recognized is an issue, and they’re trying to figure out what to do about it. But is setting some kind of impairment limit, the way we did with alcohol, the right answer? One recent study says no. Before we move on, always remember that possessing marijuana is still a federal crime. Now let’s move ahead with our discussion of drugged driving here in Michigan.

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Is Michigan Going to Lower it’s Drunk Driving BAC limits?

Lowered BAC in Michigan would mean skyrocketing arrests for people who aren’t drunk, which would be terrible for Michigan residents.

Michigan’s Blood Alcohol Content limit has been .08 for many years. However one state Representative from Dearborn would like to change that. State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud has introduced a bill that would lower the BAC from .08 to .05, putting Michigan on a par with Utah, which is the only other state in the US with such a low BAC level.

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Michigan’s Roadside Drug Testing Pilot Program is Now Going Statewide

There was a time in Michigan when a drug test for suspected drugged driving could only be done in a lab. But not anymore!

In November of 2017, the Michigan State Police launched our first ever roadside drug testing pilot program in five counties around Michigan. For about a year and a half now, in Berrien, Delta, Kent, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties, officers have been able to conduct drug tests on drivers right there on the side the road, the same way you could be breath tested for alcohol. But the pilot has come to an end, the results have been analysed, and now all of Michigan is fair game for roadside drug tests.

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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so Watch Out!

Texting while driving, just like eating, putting on make-up or digging through your purse can earn you a big fat ticket!

Most months on the calendar serve multiple purposes when it comes to raising awareness for certain causes. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, National Cancer Society Month, and National Autism Awareness Month, to name but a few. However, as drunk and drugged driving defense attorneys, we figured our clients would be stopping by for info on one very specific thing – National Distracted Driving Awareness month. So here it is.

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Can I be Arrested For Drunk Driving in a Golf Cart in Michigan?

A golf cart still counts as a motorized vehicle according to Michigan law.

In short: yes you can!

If you read the news, then you’ve probably seen half a dozen articles lately about people being arrested for driving drunk on lawn mowers, golf carts, and ATVs. It sounds strange, but it’s completely true – just because you aren’t behind the wheel of a car, or a truck, doesn’t mean you’re immune from possible drunk driving charges!

The law says ‘motorized vehicle,’ not car or truck!

When most people think about drunk driving, they tend to think of being pulled over in a car, or a truck, or even on a motorcycle. But the truth is, Michigan law doesn’t specify that the vehicle you get pulled over in has to be “average” or “whatever most people are driving these days.” The only description given is that it’s illegal to drive a ‘motorized vehicle’ under the influence of drugs or alcohol on any public roadway. That means roads in Lansing, Howell, Battle Creek, and every other place you could drive a vehicle in the Great Lakes state.

You can get pulled over by the cops and arrested for a DUI while driving:

  • A car, or truck
  • A motorcycle or an electric scooter
  • A commercial vehicle, like a semi-truck
  • A limousine
  • A boat
  • A taxi
  • A lawn mower
  • An ATV (‘All terrain vehicle’)
  • A golf cart

Stay home if you’re going to drink and drive… a lawn mower!

Michigan law might not spell out all the many types of motorized vehicles you can be pulled over in, but it does clearly say you can’t drive drunk on a ‘public roadway.’ That means, according to the Michigan Court of Appeals, anywhere that is “generally accessible” to other vehicles. A private driveway, by definition, is not considered to be generally accessible.

So if you want to drive your lawn mower around after you’ve had a few beers, be sure to stay home and drive it around in your own yard. Same goes for your ATV, your golf cart, and any other motorized vehicle that you own. Once you leave your own driveway, you’re fair game for the cops.

Drunk and drugged driving in Michigan are serious crimes.

Whether you live in Lansing or in Kalamazoo, in Holt or in Detroit, getting arrested for drunk driving is going to mean serious consequences. Between losing your license, forking over a ton of cash for fines and court costs, and spending time in jail, it’s no joke. That’s why you need help from the experienced DUI defense attorneys at The Kronzek Firm.

We’ve helped countless people over the decades with their drunk driving problems, from felony charges to lesser misdemeanors, and we can help you too. If you’re curious about our track record, you only have to spend a few minutes reading our reviews to see that we have a long list of very happy former clients. So if you’re facing jail time and the loss of your license for drunk driving, call 866 766 5245 (866 7No Jail) right now, and get help from the best.

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I Refused to Take The Breath Test When They Arrested me. What’s Going to Happen Now?

We get this question a lot, because there’s actually a lot of misinformation out there on this subject. People think that because they have the right to refuse the test, that they’re making a good choice for their case, because the cops will have less evidence to take to court. In truth, that assumption is only half true (and it’s not the half you think it is!) In Michigan, you DO have the right to refuse to submit to the roadside test, but it’s NOT always a good thing for your case, and the cops aren’t necessarily going to end up with less evidence than they need. Confused? Don’t worry – we’ll break this down for you.

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