For most people charged with driving under the influence (“DUI”), driving after having too much to drink wasn’t something they planned or intended. But penalties for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) in Michigan can be severe, even for a first offense. They may include:
The experience, skill, and knowledge of your attorney makes a significant difference in the outcome of your case. At Plachta, Murphy & Associates, our attorneys have over 20 years of legal experience with Michigan DUI cases, will guide you through the troubled waters, and advocate in your best interests.
All court cases are unique. Because of that fact, we approach each case with a fresh, open mind. Allow us to listen, help identify your problem, and explore your options with you.
Often, the DUI process begins when a driver is pulled over for a traffic violation and the police officer observes objective symptoms of intoxication. Other times, a driver will be stopped at a DUI checkpoint and symptoms of intoxication observed. Designed to deter drunk driving, these checkpoints may infringe Fourth Amendment privacy rights if not conducted according to strict requirements.
Once an officer has observed signs of intoxication, he or she will begin a DUI investigation which may include field sobriety tests (FST) and a preliminary breath test (PBT). Refusal to take the PBT may result in a civil infraction charge, fines, and points on your driving record.
If you failed FSTs, and exceeded the legal limit on a PBT if one was administered, you will be arrested. If arrested, you will be required to take a chemical test to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC). You should be given a choice of a blood or breath test, or a urine test if drug use is suspected. Refusal to take a test results in six points on your driving record and suspension of your driver license for a year. Future DUI arrests within seven years with refusal to take a chemical test will result in more points and longer suspensions.
After completion of the chemical test, or your refusal, you will be booked into the jail and will need to post bail in order to be released with a future court date.
At any of these steps in the process, there exists the possibility for error on the part of the police that could cause an unjust result for you. At Plachta, Murphy & Associates we focus on ensuring that errors in the process don't jeopardize your future.
For over two decades Plachta, Murphy & Associates has protected the rights and futures of our clients charged with DUI. We understand how frightening and stressful the process can be, and just how much is at stake for you. We're committed to providing you not only with strong, effective advocacy, but with the support you need to move forward with your life. We invite you to contact us today to schedule a consultation.