Driving under the influence is never a good choice, especially if the driver is under 21. Unfortunately, lapses in judgment do occur and the result is often an OWI charge. One young woman was arrested for impaired driving after she struck a Michigan State Police trooper's patrol car.
After being involved in a traffic accident outside of his home, a Michigan man is facing two felony charges and one misdemeanor charge. The first felony charge is an OWI causing serious injury, and the second alleges this is his third offense of operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content above the statutory limit. Finally, the misdemeanor relates to a claim that he had open container of alcohol in his vehicle.
A woman was recently arraigned for her involvement in an accident outside of a Michigan elementary school. The defendant was charged with felony third-offense OWI, misdemeanor OWI, driving with a suspended license, failure to stop at the scene of a personal injury accident, and having an open alcohol container inside of a vehicle. Her bond was set at $50,000, and she was expected back in court on Oct. 25.
A Michigan resident was called before the court after being involved in a single-vehicle crash that resulted in the death of a passenger. This man has been accused of second-degree murder, OWI and failing to stop at the scene of a crash. The defendant was allegedly out on bond and awaiting trial for another offense.
Arresting a suspect for drunk driving on the basis of Facebook entries may not be all that it's cracked up to be. It happened recently in Michigan, but certain aspects of the arrest and prosecution for OWI may prove problematic for the government. The authorities arrested the woman after they saw incriminating evidence on her Facebook page.
Given the proliferation of breweries in the Lower Peninsula, you might think that Michigan law enforcement would be somewhat more tolerant of those who get behind the wheel of a car after a few drinks. That, however, is simply not the case. Michigan calls offenses involving driving after drinking or consuming mind-altering drugs Operating While Impaired (OWI) offenses.
You're 35 years old, and you're fairly set in your career at this point. You pride yourself on hard work. You've been getting promoted, your boss likes you, and you recently got a nice raise - which you plan to use to buy a bigger home for your family. Everything is going well, and you go out to celebrate.
Do you live in Michigan? It doesn't matter if you're one of our Ann Arbor readers or reside in another part of the state, it's important to become familiar with the operating while intoxicated laws that are in place.
The police pull you over one rainy night on the way home, the red and blue lights smeared across your rear window, and they ask you to take a breath test. The officer gets the Breathalyzer out, has you blow into it and then nods knowingly. She tells you to get out and get in the back of the squad car: You're over the .08 limit, and you're going to jail.
You are likely aware that an operating while intoxicated (OWI) arrest in and around Ann Arbor can lead to severe penalties if convicted. However, you may not know very much about the rights of someone who has been arrested.