Is “Super Drunk Driving” Still a Thing in Michigan?

Being charged with a “super drunk” charge is no joke in Michigan!

 

In a word: Yes! Michigan’s super drunk driving law isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Since its inception in 2010, thousands of people have been prosecuted under this super drunk law. So what exactly does it mean? And how could it affect you in the future? If you aren’t already up to date on what Michigan’s super drunk driving laws are and what they mean in terms of criminal charges and punishment, then stay tuned. We’re going to break it all down for you….

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Will The Legalization of Pot in Michigan Change Drugged Driving Laws?

Despite the fact that pot is now legal in Michigan, drugged driving is still against the law!

 

It has been less than a week since the vote that made recreational marijuana legal in Michigan, and everybody’s talking about it! What will life be like if Michigan is like Colorado and Washington State – for better or for worse. Will it make more money for Michigan? Will it increase drug-related arrests? Will more teens have opportunities to abuse it? There are so many questions and very few answers. But the one area we’d like to talk about today is the issue of drugged driving.

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Why The ‘Second Collision’ is so Dangerous During Drunk Driving Crashes!

Car crashes can be deadly. But it’s the ‘second collision’ that ups the ante!

 

One of the biggest challenges we face is the use of seat belts. Why? Because drunk drivers, in addition to being impaired and not following rules of the road and having slow response times, often forget to use their seat belts. Or they simply don’t think it’s important in that moment. Or they try but struggle to get the belt to latch, and then give up. Whatever the reason, drunk drivers who aren’t belted in are at risk for something called the ‘second collision’.

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I Need to Drive, But I Lost my License From a DUI!

Losing your license because you were busted drinking and driving can be very hard!

 

One of the most common side effects of being convicted of a DUI in Michigan (besides jail time, probation, alcohol classes, alcohol testing, and fines) is losing your license. It can be extremely frustrating, because it means that for months, if not a full year, you can’t drive. And no, that doesn’t mean you can’t drive your own car – it means you can’t drive ANY car. At ANY time. For ANY reason. Unless of course the court grants you a restricted driver’s license.

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Did You Know You Can be Arrested For “Boating Under The Influence”?

Drink while piloting ANY boat with a motor and you could be looking at a BUI charge!

 

Pretty much everyone’s heard of driving under the influence, and that could include either drugs or alcohol. (And yes – that could include anything from a truck or car, to a lawnmower or a golf cart!) But did you know that in Michigan, you can also be arrested for boating under the influence? Yes indeed – operating a boat out on the water when you’ve been drinking is just as illegal as if you were behind the wheel of your car, and the penalties are just as severe!

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I’ve Been Arrested For Drugged Driving! What Should I Do Now?

Driving under the influence of any drug, even medical marijuana, can get you into lots of trouble!

 

So you got pulled over and a cop decided that you were high on something or other. Not drunk, mind you, but under the influence of an illicit substance. Which is actually not any better than being drunk, as far as the cops are concerned. (And yes, that includes marijuana, even if it’s legal here in Michigan and you’re a legal patient!)

 

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Oh Crap! I Just Got Busted For Drunk Driving! What Happens Now? (Pt 2)

Just got busted for drunk driving? We tell you what to expect…

 

If you’ve just been arrested for drunk driving, and you’re trying to figure out what happens next, then don’t start here. You need to take a moment and get caught up before you read this one. Don’t worry, we’ll wait….. Ready? Good. Let’s hit the road. Sober, of course!

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Oh Crap! I Just Got Busted For Drunk Driving! What Happens Now? (Pt 1)

Sure, it’s all thumbs up until the cops arrive. And then it’s all handcuffs and lawyers.

 

Okay, so you (or someone you care a lot about) just got busted for drunk driving. Getting a DUI in Michigan sucks. Because you’re now at the start of a long and unpleasant journey, and there’s no getting off this roller coaster till the ride is over. But, you’ll be happy to know that there are ways to make the ride less scary, and sometimes shorter. How, you wonder? That’s what we’re here to explain. Buckle up…

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I Have a CDL. How Long Will it be Suspended After a DUI?

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If you have a CDL, losing your license can mean losing your livelihood!

 

If you have a Michigan commercial driver’s license (CDL) and you use it for work, then you know that losing your CDL would be devastating. You would lose your livelihood, your ability to find stable work in a field where you’re experienced, and have no way to support yourself and your family. Which is why getting charged and convicted of drunk driving can be such a big deal when you have a CDL in Michigan.

 

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I Think The Cop Used a Broken Breathalyzer On Me!

Michigan cops use a “PBT” machine roadside, and a DataMaster back at the jail to test your BAC.

 

Before we even start, we want to clear up one common misunderstanding that many people in Michigan have, and it’s this: Michigan cops don’t use Breathalyzers! Just like people say “Hoover” for a vacuum, regardless of the brand, and “Kleenex” even when it’s a tissue made by a completely different company, the term “Breathalyzer” is widely used to refer to any machine a cop uses to test a person’s breath for traces of alcohol. However, that’s not really accurate here in Michigan. Why? Because here in the Great Lakes state, all the cops use a DataMaster machine.

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