Six Possible Defenses Against DUI in Michigan

Step inside the bathroom at a bar or restaurant in some parts of the state and you might get a warning against drunk driving in Michigan.image

Talking urinal-deodorizer cakes have been distributed to Michigan Licensed Beverage Association members in Wayne, Bay, Ottawa and Delta counties, according to Newsday online.

When someone approaches the urinal, a recorded message is activated. It reminds the user to call a cab or a friend, if needed, to get home safely.

The talking bathroom cakes – which have been used in other states – are part of a statewide push to keep drunks off Michigan roads this summer. The campaign kicked off on July 1.

Six Possible Defenses Against DUI in Michigan

Being arrested for drunk driving is no laughing matter.

Here are six potential ways to defend a drug or alcohol-related driving charge in Michigan:

  1. You were not actually operating or driving a vehicle at the time. In order to be convicted of drunk driving in Michigan, you must have actually been driving or operating the vehicle while impaired or with a blood alcohol content above the legal limit.
  2. The police stopped you without probable cause. In Michigan and all other states, the police must have a lawful reason for pulling you over. They cannot stop you if you are driving carefully and obeying all laws.
  3. The police lacked probable cause to test your blood-alcohol content. Even when you are pulled over lawfully, you are protected from illegal searches and seizures without a warrant or probable cause.
  4. The field sobriety tests were not conducted properly. Field sobriety tests may include asking you to recite the alphabet, stand on one leg, walk in a straight line, touch your nose or do other physical and mental tests to determine if you are impaired. These tests are inherently subjective and can easily be done wrong.
  5. The BAC test was administered improperly or was inaccurate. Breath tests are problematic. Some people fail a breath test even when they are not intoxicated.
  6. Your blood alcohol level went up after your arrest. When you stop drinking, your blood alcohol content does not immediately begin to decline. In fact, for a time after you stop drinking, your BAC goes up as your body metabolizes and processes the alcohol.

If you have been charged with an alcohol or drug-related driving offense, contact a qualified Michigan DUI attorney immediately to find you if you have a legal defense.


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