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5 Common Questions (and Answers!) about OWI in Michigan

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If you’ve been accused of driving drunk you probably have a lot of questions. It can be one of the scariest, most frustrating experiences in your life. Here are a few of the most common questions asked by those arrested for OWI:

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What is Reckless Driving?

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Reckless driving is a term used to describe a variety of different things you might see on the road, but in Michigan, there are specific criteria that constitute reckless driving and the laws associated with the behavior. It is possible for a driver to be charged with reckless driving if these criteria are met.

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Can Video Evidence Be Used Against Me in a Drunk Driving Case?

As more and more law enforcement agencies make an effort to video tape interaction within the community, the number of OWI arrests caught on videotape has increased. Bystanders are also recording police arrests, and in some cases, the person being stopped and questioned even uses a mobile phone to record the incident.

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What Questions Should You Ask before Hiring a DUI Attorney?

Hiring a DUI or OWI attorney is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. A good attorney could mean the difference between time spent in jail and the ability to keep your life as normal as possible after your arrest.

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What Parents – and Kids – Need to Know about Underage Drinking and Driving Laws in Michigan

Driving while under the influence of alcohol is risky, especially when your blood alcohol level is high enough to warrant a crime. Something that’s perfectly legal – having a few drinks with friends – can result in jail time and steep penalties if you choose to get behind the wheel of a car after a night out.

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Know When to Keep Quiet: What You Should Never Say If You are Arrested for Drunk Driving

Being accused of and possibly arrested for drunk driving is an intimidating experience. Your first instinct might be to try to talk your way out of it, especially if you feel it’s a crime you haven’t committed.

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Tips for Choosing a Michigan OWI Lawyer

Choosing the right lawyer when you are arrested for OWI can mean the difference between things working out as well as can be expected and the experience costing you a great deal.

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Probation Violations: What to Do If You are Caught Drinking… Again

Being arrested for drunk driving and losing your license can be devastating. Your situation gets even worse if you are ordered not to drink as part of your probation and you are caught doing so anyway. This all but guarantees you’ll face the harshest possible penalties and in all likelihood, not be driving for quite a while.

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Michigan OWI – What Happens to First Offenders?

If your experience with drinking and driving - and being arrested for doing so - is limited, the events that follow can be fairly intimidating. As a first-time offender, the good news is the penalties will not be nearly as harsh as they would be if you’ve been caught multiple times. The bad news is there are still consequences and the incident can still have a serious negative effect on your life.

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Why Field Sobriety Tests Put You at Risk

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It happens to even the most responsible drivers on the road: you decide to drive home after just a beer or two, confident you are under the legal limit and capable of driving safely. Often, things go as planned and you arrive home safely without incident, but unfortunately, sometimes things go awry and you find yourself staring into the accusing face of a police officer.

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Michigan’s “Super Drunk” Law: What You Need to Know

As of October 2010, anyone arrested for driving with an extremely high blood alcohol content in Michigan faces enhanced penalties. Essentially, the law distinguishes between someone who has had one too many drinks and attempts to drive versus drivers who are way over the legal limit and inarguably a threat on the roads. Because the “Super Drunk” law puts drivers at risk for serious legal consequences, it is essential anyone accused of driving while under the influence of alcohol seek legal counsel immediately.

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