Now that the Labor Day weekend is over, kids in Michigan are going back to school, while their parents are returning to work. People of all ages said an unofficial goodbye to summer. Others had a less-than-happy holiday weekend -- they were cited or arrested for suspicion of drinking and driving.
As in many other states, Michigan law enforcement agencies stepped up their efforts to make DUI arrests before and during the long weekend. Starting back on Aug. 15, and running until Sept. 1, state and local police participated in the national Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.
According to the director of the Michigan Office of Highway Planning, the campaign included extra enforcement of existing anti-DUI laws. The Michigan State Police, along with 150 police departments and sheriff’s offices, took part. Motorists in 40 counties were potentially subject to this campaign.
The evidence against many people arrested for DUI over the weekend may be strong. But in other cases, drivers may have been wrongfully arrested, or police did not follow correct procedure during the traffic stop or arrest process.
While we do not yet know the exact figures, generally these holiday-based DUI campaigns yield a large number of arrests. Under the law, everyone arrested for a crime generally is entitled to legal defense.
The police or a prosecutor may try to question you after you are arrested for DUI or any other crime. However, after an arrest you have the right not to speak to authorities without having a defense attorney present.