Without the aide of a reliable lawyer, a DUI charge can negatively change your life for years. A person charged with drunk driving in Michigan can face jail time, license suspension, driver responsibility fees, vehicle immobilization and numerous licensee points. All of these things can jeopardize your future and impact your job, and or future employability. At the Clark Law Office, our criminal defense attorneys have over 30 years of experience in defending clients against drunk driving offenses and have been successfully protecting clients from the harsh penalties associated with DUI’s and other alcohol, drug, and marijuana related driving offenses.
In Michigan, there are essentially two separate ways that the prosecution can prove that a person was drunk driving. First, the prosecution can use what is called the per se rule where it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content that is above .08. Second, the prosecution can prove that your ability to operate the vehicle was substantially lessened or that your condition was compromised and significantly affected to the point where you could no longer operate the vehicle in a normal manner. Usually if your blood alcohol level is below .08 you will not be charged with a DUI, but because the prosecutor can attempt to prove your ability to drive the vehicle was substantially lessened it is not necessary that your blood alcohol level be .08 for you to be convicted of a DUI.
Challenge The Evidence From Your Drunk Driving Arrest
When facing Lansing DUI charges it is important to know what the evidence the prosecutor is going to be using against you and how to effectively challenge that evidence while at the same time presenting as many mitigating factors that would help improve your situation with the court and the prosecutors. The Clark Law Office in Lansing will fight for you at every step of the case and will investigate the legality of the police\’s conduct in stopping your vehicle, the procedures used to obtain evidence, the constitutionality of any statements you made along with reviewing the tests used to determine your blood alcohol content.
Why Do You Need an East Lansing Drunk Driving Attorney?
The East Lansing Police Department leads the state in drunk driving arrests among any other cities including Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Lansing. Even with the large student population, East Lansing has just a fraction of the population of all the larger cities in the state. This “crackdown” is usually at the expense of Michigan State University students as they make up a large majority of the town during the school year. While it’s understandable that East Lansing would have more arrests than nearby non-college towns, even Ann Arbor doesn’t even come close to the same amount of DUI arrests.
According to a comprehensive study by Mlive, just one East Lansing police officer made more arrests (111) than the entire Ann Arbor Police Department which is twice it’s size and population. Our East Lansing DUI attorneys know that students are regularly taken advantage of, and we’re here to help. At The Clark Law Office, we’ve successfully handled DUI charges in the local area for the past 30 years. Matthew R. Clark graduated from MSU with an undergraduate degree and then successfully completed MSU College of Law while interning at 54-B District Court in East Lansing. Matt was also selected for The Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute which he successfully completed. We know the local area and we know the local courtrooms. Learn more about how you can help save your freedom, employment, relationships, and your driving privileges by contacting us at (517) 347-6900.
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What Are The Different Drunk Driving Penalties & Fines in Michigan?
The State of Michigan has specific consequences laid out depending on the offense that you are being charged for. If the arrest is for your very first drunk driving offense, the corresponding penalties are mild compared to an arrest where it is a 2nd or 3rd offense. So what are the penalties and fines? Here is a general overview of the Michigan drunk driving penalties and fines, but if you need clarification or have any questions concerning your DUI charge, call one of our experienced Michigan criminal attorneys who know the intricacies of Michigan drunk driving law. It’s important that you are aware of the penalties and your legal options.