Arrested For Drunk Driving in Michigan? You’re in Star-Studded Company!

 

If you’ve been arrested for drunk driving, you might feel a bit embarrassed (which is a legitimate response.) But believe it or not, you’re in good company! There are LOADS of celebrities who’ve been arrested for DUIs over the years, both here in Michigan and all over the country. So while it certainly isn’t something we would ever recommend, it’s good to know that you’re not alone in making mistakes. Even the rich and famous screw up sometimes too.

 

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Are Drunk Drivers to Blame For Most of Michigan’s Traffic Fatalities?

Traffic fatalities are tragic, but they aren’t all caused by drunk drivers!

 

Drunk drivers are blamed for a lot of the tragedies on the road today. And to some degree, that’s fair. After all, drunk driving is the cause of a great many deaths every year in the Great Lakes State. However, the truth of the matter is that drunk drivers aren’t the only cause of Michigan’s road and highway death toll. And while we’re on the subject, there’s actually a lot about drunk driving and traffic crashes in Michigan that people don’t know. So here are a few facts that may surprise you. You’re welcome.

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Michigan’s ‘Implied Consent’ Law – Yes, You Have to Submit to a BAC Test! (Part 2)

Being arrested for drunk driving means that you WILL have your BAC tested!

 

Welcome back and thanks for joining us at The Kronzek Firm again. We’ve been talking about implied consent in Michigan, and what it means when you get pulled over by the police for drunk driving. As we explained in the previous article, if you’re driving on a road in Michigan, it means you’ve already consented to a BAC test. The BAC test is the test that determines how much alcohol you have in your system. That’s the key factor when the prosecutor decides whether or not to charge you with drunk driving in violation of Michigan’s law.

 

Yup, that’s right. As soon as you pull out onto the street in a vehicle, you’ve pretty much agreed to submit to BAC testing if a cop thinks you’re driving under the influence! It may sound crazy, but it’s true. That’s what implied consent means in Michigan.

 

So what happens if I refuse the BAC test?

 

Well, that’s an interesting question. Let’s see if we can clear this up… As we explained last time, you DO have the right to refuse the roadside BAC test. (The roadside test is a preliminary breath test, or PBT. Refusing to take the PBT test is simply a civil infraction and fine. It is not a crime and there are no points.) However, the roadside BAC test is not the same thing as the chemical evidentiary test which is taken after your arrest. And once you’ve been arrested you DON’T have the right to refuse the test. So any resisting you do at that point is likely to earn you extra criminal charges. Not a good idea!

 

If you refuse to submit to the chemical evidentiary test, you’ll be considered in violation of Michigan’s implied consent law. If that happens, a ‘report of refusal’ will be submitted to the Michigan Secretary of State’s office. At that point, you’ll have 14 days from the date of refusal to contest the accusation. Failure to respond within 14 days will earn you an automatic six points added to your driving record, and a minimum, one-year license suspension! So, remember that a refusal equals a suspension.

 

Who administers the test that I have to take after my arrest?

 

The lawful chemical BAC test, administered after your arrest, determines whether or not there’s alcohol in your blood stream, and how much. As for who administers the test, it might be done back at the jail by the cop who arrested you, or by a clinician at a local hospital. However, your test  might be a blood test, a urine test, or a breath test. However the law does  special exemptions for diabetics, hemophiliacs, or people taking anticoagulants – they don’t have to submit to blood tests and will have their urine or breath tested instead. People that administer these tests must have special training to do so. Not just any police officer can administer a breath test.

 

The breath test machine used here in Michigan is called a DataMaster machine. (We don’t use the Breathalyzer machine, although people often use the name “breathalyzer” for this test.) DataMaster machines are kept at many police stations and county jails around the state. In some cases, usually when the person accused of drunk driving was injured, the test involves blood work, which is done at the hospital.

 

What should I do if I’m pulled over for suspected drunk driving?

 

If you’re pulled over in Michigan for suspected drunk driving, the law allows you to refuse the roadside PBT test if you want to. But once you’ve been arrested, we advise you to submit to the chemical evidentiary test, whether it’s a blood test, a breath test, or a urine test. The reason we tell you this is because we would never advise anyone to break the law. However, that aside,we also advise that you not say ANYTHING ELSE to the officer. Lawyer up.

Be polite and respectful when you speak to the arresting officer, but don’t answer any questions, and don’t provide any information unless your attorney is present. This means that you will have to be politely silent for quite some time, until you’re booked and then allowed to contact your  DUI defense lawyer at 866 766 5245 (866 7No Jail). Don’t answer questions, don’t explain yourself, and don’t argue with the officer. Simply wait quietly until we speak with you on the telephone. You can also have a friend or family member phone us as soon as you are ready to hire an attorney. We are available 24/7 for crisis intervention.  

 

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Michigan’s ‘Implied Consent’ Law – Yes, You Have to Submit to a BAC Test! (Part 1)

If you get pulled over for a DUI you will have to submit to a BAC test.

 

Have you ever heard of implied consent? Nope, we’re not talking about consent to sex, or anything like that here. This type of consent has nothing to do with your date this past weekend (unless of course you drank too much on your date, and got pulled over on your way home!)

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Is Being Hungover as Dangerous as Being Drunk on The Road?

Part of why you feel so awful the next day is dehydration, lack of sleep, and minor withdrawal.

 

Pretty much everyone knows that driving when you’re drunk isn’t okay. Had a third glass of wine? Best to take a cab rather than drive. Decided to throw caution to the wind and have a few extra beers after along day? You already knew you were going to be coming back for your car in the morning. But for most people, getting up “the morning after” and relying on a shower, a cup of coffee (or three) and a couple of ibuprofen to get you rolling in a safe way is pretty standard. And as it turns out – pretty misguided too!

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Are Michigan’s Drunk Driving Laws 2nd Worst in The Nation?

MADD may think we don’t take DUI’s seriously enough, but we really do!

 

In 2006, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) launched the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving. It’s a report they produce every year that compares the drunk driving laws of all 50 states, and ranks the states according to their efforts to eliminate drunk driving and the associated fatalities. This year’s report, for 2018, doesn’t shine a very benevolent light on our beloved state of Michigan.

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Could my Michigan Drunk Driving BAC Results be wrong? (Part 2)

There are many things that could influence the outcome of your BAC test and give you a false positive!

 

Welcome back and thanks for joining us again for this discussion about BAC results in Michigan drunk driving cases, and the fact that they’re not as infallible as people often believe. As we pointed out in part 1 of this 2 part series, there are numerous things that can influence your  breath test results, including medications, foods, and even your diet. We’ve discussed medications already, and now we’ll be looking at the other items on the list. Stick with us – it’s a really interesting list!

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Could my Michigan Drunk Driving BAC Results be Wrong? (Part 1)

 

Here in Michigan, if you’re pulled over for suspected drunk driving, the police officer will often request that you submit to a preliminary breath test (PBT) using a handheld device that cops carry in their patrol cars. Refusing to take the PBT test is not a crime, and it won’t cause you to get points on your driver’s license. However, it’s a civil infraction that will likely result in a fine. The PBT machine from the police car is very different than the DataMaster equipment at the police station or jail. Don’t confuse the two pieces of testing equipment.

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Think a DUI in Michigan is Just a Slap on The Wrist? Think Again!

Think you’re broke now? Just wait till you get pulled over for a DUI!

 

Some people think drinking and driving is a “slap on the wrist” crime – much like a speeding ticket. But that couldn’t be further from the truth! Drinking and driving is a very serious crime here in Michigan. And not just serious, but expensive too! Here in the Great Lakes State, aDUI will cost you big bucks. But many people simply don’t understand the costs involved. So let’s take a look at what’s involved.

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Does Drunk Driving Lead to Fatal ‘Wrong-Way Driving’?

Fatal wrong way crashes: are they caused by drunk drivers?

 

Drunk driving is often considered to be one of the worst things a person can do, in part because it puts so many people at risk. While drunk drivers are frequently pilloried for getting behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it is becoming abundantly clear that they aren’t the only problem. Distracted driving, usually the result of texting and driving, is equally deadly, as is fatigued driving. So in addressing the growing problem of fatal ‘wrong way driving’, Michigan authorities are trying to determine who exactly is at fault, and how can they fix it?

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