Watch Out For Stepped-up Drunk Driving Patrols This Labor Day in Michigan!

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Have a wonderful Labor Day, and be sure to stay safe!

American holidays tend to be all about relaxation, friends and family, and good food and drinks. But it’s the ‘drinks’ part of that equation that can lead to trouble for you  If you drive anywhere in Michigan with a BAC of .08 or higher in Michigan, you’re in the danger zone. The police certainly intend to see to it that you don’t do much driving if you’ve been drinking this Labor Day with their annual anti-drunk driving campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”!

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Proposed Federal Laws Would Make Ignition Interlock Devices Standard in all New Cars

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Ask anyone what the cars of the future will be like, and they’ll probably talk about flying. But a much more realistic version of tomorrow’s vehicles is that they’ll include built-in ignition interlock devices.

The issue of ignition interlock devices has caused a great deal of controversy in the past. Is it fair to expect someone convicted of a DUI to assume the financial cost of such an expensive device simply in order to drive to and from work? On the other hand, is it fair to other drivers to allow convicted drunk drivers to continue driving without enforced accountability? There are valid points on both sides of the argument, but a recently proposed federal law aims to make them all moot points in the future.

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Will I go to Jail For my First DUI in Michigan? (Pt 2)

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Ending up behind bars after a DUI is very common in Michigan. But being arrested for drunk driving doesn’t mean you have to go to jail.

Thanks for visiting again with The Kronzek Firm. We know you’re really stressed out right now. And who could blame you? Having a loved one stuck behind bars after a drunk driving arrest is scary – both for you and for them! (We get it, jails in Michigan are no fun for anyone.) So in the previous article we looked at a few basic facts you need to keep in mind, namely figuring out what they got arrested for (because that makes a big difference to whether or not they’re going to end up serving time in jail), and whether or not they’ve been arraigned yet. But there’s more you need to know…

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Will I go to Jail For my First DUI in Michigan? (Pt 1)

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You may have to spent a night to two in jail after your arrest, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck there forever!

That sucks! You just got a call from the local jail and someone you love – your kid, your spouse, your sibling – just got arrested for drinking and driving. Now they’re freaking out in a jail cell somewhere, terrified because they’ve never been arrested before and they don’t know what to expect. And who can blame them? It’s a terrifying process, especially when it’s all new and you’ve never had cuffs slapped on you and been tossed in the back of a cop car before. 

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Will I be Put on Probation After a Drunk Driving Arrest in Michigan?

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Always drink responsibly, because being arrested for a DUI means life changing charges and restrictions, especially in the form of probation!

Being arrested for drunk driving in Michigan can mean a lot of inconvenience and very high costs. And we don’t just mean financial, although you’ll definitely have enough of those as well! (DUIs are expensive when you consider all the court costs, fines, and lawyer’s fees!) But it’s the long term consequences we tend to get the most questions about. Things like “Will I go to jail because of a DUI?” and “Will I be put on probation after a DUI arrest?” So we thought we’d address one of the more common ones – the issue of probation.

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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…

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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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