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As an older driver, you are devastated by your DUI arrest

You probably began to drive when you were 16. Now you are in your seventies and all these years you have had a clean driving record. Unfortunately, that changed recently when you were arrested for DUI.

You only had one glass of wine before driving home from the restaurant where you were having dinner with friends. The officer stopped you because you were “weaving.” Was that because of the wine or because of the medication you are taking?

Can you be arrested for DUI in your own driveway?

Because of a rather unusual case that developed on private property, the Michigan Supreme Court has taken the definition of “driving” from street to driveway.

The high court had to make a determination concerning whether a driver who was intoxicated could be arrested for DUI if he had not left the confines of his own private driveway.

If you understood the effects of BAC, would you still drive?

Blood alcohol concentration is the level of alcohol in your system. Basically, it is the weight of alcohol in a certain volume of blood.

The effects of BAC on your body can be measured by a breathalyzer or blood test. The legal limit for drivers anywhere in the U.S. is a blood alcohol concentration reading of 0.08 percent, but you will feel the effects of drinking at much lower levels. Even then, would you believe you are okay to drive?

Your DUI charge could go away due to breathalyzer issues

If the police arrest you on suspicion of driving under the influence, you will need to submit to a breath test. You may feel that once those results are in, your case is lost.

However, there is such a thing as equipment malfunction. Breathalyzers are subject to issues as simple as poor maintenance and faulty calibration, problems that may cause your case to be dismissed.

A DUI mark on your record can endanger your career plans

Many students have an idea of the career they would like to pursue before they even become freshmen at Michigan State. You may be a member of that group.

College prepares you for your chosen career. However, it can also be the origination point for problems such as an arrest for driving under the influence that could seriously derail the life you planned for yourself.

Visitors to Michigan State may not know our drug laws

Michigan State University is the site of many athletic contests and other events throughout the year, and thousands of visitors come to campus from outside the state.

Drug problems exist at MSU as they do at many colleges, and Michigan has some of the toughest drug laws in the country. Out-of-state visitors should be aware of the penalties for the possession of controlled substances.

What is behind the increase in women arrested for DUI?

When the subject of drinking and driving comes to mind, you probably associate this activity with men. In this area of the state, for example, you might make a connection between male students at Michigan State and DUI arrests.

However, statistics gathered by the FBI indicate that law enforcement is arresting a growing number of women for driving drunk. Why is this happening?

How much alcohol qualifies you as a Super Drunk Driver?

To stop first-offender drunk drivers in their tracks, the state of Michigan enacted “Super Drunk Driving Laws” in 2010. The stiffer laws are meant to discourage drivers from ever repeating the offense.

Some first offenders are high school or college students who may have no idea how much alcohol it takes to reach a BAC of 0.17 percent, which is the level at which the Super Drunk Driving Laws kick in.

How is campus crime handled at Michigan State?

A large public institution of higher learning, Michigan State University is almost a city unto itself and, like all cities, has a dedicated police force.

Campus crime takes many forms, from simple traffic violations to burglaries and homicides. The Michigan State Police Department has several divisions, each of which focuses on the work of keeping students and faculty safe, following up on complaints, and assisting in major investigations. They also have a special helper in Cora, a K-9 yellow Lab who is adept at working crowds and trained to sniff out explosives on “moving targets.”

Stalking is on the rise at colleges including Michigan State

A university study reveals that stalking is more prevalent on college campuses than among the general populace, yet reported less often.

Michigan State University has taken steps to keep students safe. However, safety measures can backfire, and unfortunately, someone may accuse an innocent student of stalking.

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