For many people, their first contact with the criminal justice system happens when they are charged with drunk driving. When someone is stopped for suspicion of drunk driving or DUI, they often become extremely nervous and overly chatty. They may think that they can talk the police officer into letting them go, or that being cooperative and doing all roadside tests will convince the police not to arrest them. Most people simply do not know their rights or know what to do when pulled over by the police on suspicion of drunk driving.
Michigan law takes driving while impaired very seriously. It is against the law for anyone to drive while:
- Intoxicated, or impaired, by alcohol, controlled substance, or other intoxicating substance.