Ingham County is one of the Michigan counties who provide “sobriety court” for certain DUI defendants. This court system is different than regular criminal court, because it is more focused on helping defendants struggling with addiction get sober. While sobriety court does not make sense for everyone accused of drinking and driving, it helps many people get over an addiction to drugs or alcohol, and stop driving under the influence.
Nowadays, people in Lansing are closely attached to their smartphones, especially teens and people in their 20s and 30s. Users may sometimes find themselves in a situation where they are not sure if they are over the limit to drive, or if they are at risk of an arrest for DUI.
The process of dealing with a DUI charge can take a lot of time, energy and expense. Even when you were not guilty of DUI, it can take a while for the system to catch up to that fact and lead to a dismissal or not guilty verdict.
Police officers in Lansing are prohibited by the Constitution from performing random traffic stops to look for drunk drivers. But what if the officers are not trying to arrest anybody, but get them to answer a government survey instead?
The tactics that police officers in Lansing use to gather evidence against a driver they suspect of being intoxicated vary in their level of objectivity. For example, it is up to the individual officer’s subjective opinion if a driver has passed a field sobriety test or not.
The first thing that many people think of when they imagine getting arrested for DUI is the possibility that they will have to pay a fine, go to jail, or both. And those things may happen, depending on several factors. But having a drunk driving conviction on your record can have other consequences that are more subtle, but arguably longer lasting.
Tonight is New Year’s Eve. As people in Lansing know, it is one of the biggest party nights of the year. Police departments across the country certainly know it. Most, if not all, law enforcement agencies will be stepping up patrols overnight, looking for people who are allegedly drinking and driving.
Fans of this blog may remember our Oct. 20 post, in which we discussed a proposal by Michigan lawmakers to make permanent a pilot program regulating how judges can sentence DUI offenders to use an ignition interlock device in their vehicles. That bill passed earlier this month, according to The Detroit News.
The girlfriend of a Michigan judge avoided the potential of serious criminal penalties by pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of drinking and driving. In exchange, the court sentenced her to two years of probation on Dec. 12.
Fans of the University of Michigan know that the football team had a disappointing season this year, at least by their standards. Some readers may have needed a drink after one of the Wolverines’ losses. Though people know they should not drink and drive, sometimes they find themselves in a situation where they are accused of DUI and face arrest, conviction and criminal penalties.