In Michigan, DUIs have been on the decline for quite some time now. Over the last decade or so, DUI arrests have fallen by 34%. This is a great trend that seems primed to continue. While this is no doubt due in part to Michigan taking DUI education seriously, it also is due to steep penalties being associated with the offense.
Despite the decline, DUIs are still a topic of discussion due to the breathalyzer investigation conducted earlier this year. That debacle led many in Michigan to think about how they should handle a DUI arrest of their own, as well as understanding what their rights are.
Depending on the type of DUI offenses being levied at you, you could be sentenced to massive fines, substantial fines, and the suspension of your license, among other penalties. For an individual being charged, it could be a massive detriment to their finances and their future.
In our latest blog, we’ll discuss DUI law in Michigan and strategies you can use when interacting with law enforcement.
The following information does not constitute legal advice from Kecskes, Gadd, & Parker, P.C.
Tips For Dealing With The Police
Pull over safely – If you see the bright Michigan police light behind you, the first thing to do is pull over safely and wait. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s easy for people to panic when they see police behind them. Find a safe spot to park, put your window down, turn off your engine, and place your hands on the steering wheel.
No sudden movements – As the officer approaches your vehicle and converses with you, you’ll want to be very patient and deliberate in your movements. Rapid or errant movement may lead the officer to perceive you as intoxicated or as a threat.
Do not answer incriminating questions (but don’t lie!) – When speaking with the officer, refrain from answering incriminating questions. You don’t need to offer any information that may be incriminating unless it is directly asked for. However, you should never lie, as that could lead to additional charges.
Consider refusing the sobriety test and field breathalyzer – In Michigan, you are required to submit to a field breathalyzer (also known as the Preliminary Breath Test). Refusing the PBT could trigger a civil infraction ticket with a possible fine but no license sanctions. While generally not admissible in court, the results of a PBT can be a factor in establishing probable cause for your arrest. You may be required to take a more accurate test administered at the police station. Refusing the test administered at the police station is generally not advisable, as it could lead to several severe consequences.
Record your information from your encounter – As soon as you are able, you will want to record everything you can remember from your encounter or arrest. This information could be used with your legal team to fight against your charge if need be.
Tips For Navigating Your DUI Case
So you’ve been arrested for DUI, now what? You still have options that you can use at your disposal. There are some key things you can do (or not do) to best help out your own case.
Be Realistic – Even with a great legal team by your side, it’s incredibly difficult to achieve favorable results for DUI cases. There are many reasons for this, but it’s just important to note the reality of the situation.
Use Information To Your Advantage – In your case, it’s important to use all of the information that you have at your disposal. Hopefully, you recorded the events of your arrest so it can be referenced later on by your legal team if the need arises.
Only Trust The Best With Your Case – Lastly, you’re going to want to hire the best team possible to handle your case. An experienced team can make a massive difference when looking for a reduction in charges or even an acquittal if possible.
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