The Truth about Tricking a Breathalyzer Test

Breathalyzers came onto the scene quite a few years ago, and thanks to this form of technology, many drunk drivers have been tested and faced fines and punishment for driving under the influence. There are many tall tales and misconceptions about what a breathalyzer is capable of. Drivers often wonder if it can be tricked [...]

Can The Police Force Me To Take Field Sobriety Tests

Most people are not aware that field tests are completely voluntary! My experience with Michigan OWI arrests is that most people who are pulled over are just too nice to tell the police they do not want to take field tests. As a matter of fact, you should always decline to take field sobriety tests [...]

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Can An Officer Take Blood Even After a Refusal To Give It?

If you refuse to take a breath, blood, or urine test offered by the police officer after your arrest, he or she cannot take it without your consent. However, in almost every case, an officer will seek a court order, or warrant, for the involuntary taking of your blood by a qualified medical professional. It [...]

Our Article On First-Offense DUI Laws Up On Gather.com

We have just published an article on Gather.com that gives an overview of Michigan first offense DUI laws. The article explains that in Michigan, driving under influence is a serious crime, and a defendant who was found to operate a vehicle while intoxicated due to alcohol can face heavy fines, license suspensions or even jail [...]

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New article on First offense DUI Laws in Michigan

Check out this article about Attorney Joseph F. Awad’s knowledge of first offense DUI laws and how he can help you receive a favorable legal outcome. If you are facing your first DUI charges, Attorney Awad can often help you minimize or altogether avoid the consequencesof a first offense DUI, including a reduction or elimination [...]

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‘Super Drunk’ Law Targets Drunk Drivers

The Michigan city of Bloomfield Hills has taken another step in the war against drink driving. The city recently voted to put the “super drunk” law into effect locally. The “super drunk” law primarily targets first time offenders which have a BAC level of .17 or higher, which is twice the legal limit—hence the “super [...]

Underage Drinking and Driving Charges In Michigan

What can underage drivers be charged with in the state of MI if they are caught drinking and driving? As is the case with many states, there is a zero tolerance policy when it comes to underage drivers and bodily alcohol content. What does “zero tolerance” mean exactly? Zero tolerance means that if a minor [...]

The difference between a UBAC/UBAL charge, and an OWI charge

What’s the difference between a UBAC/UBAL charge, and an OWI charge – or is there no significant difference?   Michigan Vehicle Code section 257.625 specifies penalties for operating a vehicle “while under the influence of intoxicating or alcoholic liquor or a controlled substance, or a combination of intoxicating or alcoholic liquor and a controlled substance, [...]

Fixing Michigan’s Infrastructure

An editorial in the Lansing State Journal argued today that Michigan’s infrastructure is on the verge of becoming dangerously badly-maintained. Aside from dramatic and deadly failures such as bridge collapses, roads in bad condition can take an extra toll on individuals and businesses in car maintenance fees, causing increases in costs to their customers as [...]

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Smart Phone Apps that Warn Drivers of DUI Checkpoints

Google and Apple are under increasing scrutiny after RIM, maker of blackberry devices, removed applications from its devices that could be used to warn drivers about DUI checkpoints. That was back in March. Now Google and Apple, who together manage mobile application “stores” for 85% of the mobile app market, face similar pressure. The argument [...]