Posts Categorized: Michigan Driving Law

‘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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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, or… Read more »

Troy, Michigan Passes Restrictions on Distracted Drivers

If you’re driving in Troy, Michigan, then you better pay attention. The city recently passed one of the most stringent distracted driving ordinances in the nation. Text messaging and talking on cell phones while driving is illegal, but that’s old news – the new law aims to curb any activity that may take a driver’s… Read more »

Getting Your License Back: Covering Your Bases

Multiple drunk driving convictions will eventually land an individual before the Secretary of State for a license restoration. Yet, there are so many small hangups that can catch up with you at a license hearing that can keep you off the road for a very, very, long time. Consider the following nuance: To petition the… Read more »

Identifying Ways to Strengthen Your DUI Case

At a license restoration hearing yesterday, I was representing my out of State client in petitioning the State of Michigan to release his Michigan “hold” for multiple drunk driving convictions; a clearance in Michigan would then allow him to obtain driving privileges in his home state. There were a couple interesting observations by way of… Read more »

DRUNK “DRIVING”? ACTUAL DRIVING NOT NECESSARY FOR A DRUNK DRIVING ARREST

It used to be that a police officer was required to witness someone actually operate a vehicle before that person could be arrested for drunk driving. For example, someone asleep in a motionless car who was consuming alcohol did not necessarily provide the officer enough basis for a drunk driving arrest. However, in 1995, the… Read more »

STUDYING THE CASE: AUDIO VISUAL EVIDENCE IS YOUR ALLY

It’s no surprise that a police officer typically writes a DUI police report in a way that supports his decision to arrest you. It should also come as no surprise, then, that many police reports contain exaggerated facts and false information about your DUI arrest. Obtaining the officer’s in-car video and booking video of your… Read more »