If you’ve been arrested for drunk driving in Rankin, it’s a memory you likely won’t forget anytime soon, as much as you would like to: being pulled over, taking a breath test, performing field sobriety tests and then getting the handcuffs put on as you sit in the back of a police car. This is just a small part of the process. Next comes the court hearing and sentencing. You likely will pay fines and spend time in jail. You will lose your license and be unable to get to work, see your family or even run simple errands.
The best idea is to seek help from the Rankin criminal defense lawyers at Nickola Law. We know how to provide our clients with strong criminal defense. We will advise you of the next steps and help you through the process.
There’s never a good time to drink and drive, but the risk of getting arrested increases during the holidays. An average of 36 fatalities happen each day on the roadways due to intoxicated drivers. During the holidays, this number increases. Around Christmas, the average is 45 fatalities per day. That number increases to 54 around New Year’s Day.
Drunk driving accidents are also likely to occur during the summer. The Fourth of July holiday is considered to be the deadliest day for drivers. It averages 144 fatalities every year. Ten percent of those fatalities are teen drivers.
Keep this information in mind if you decide to drink and drive. Michigan DUI laws are strict. Even for a first offense of having a blood alcohol content (BAC) above 0.08, you could spend up to 93 days in jail and pay more than $1,000 in fines. You will also have six points added to your driving record. On top of that, you will face license suspension and restrictions. You could also have an ignition interlock device installed on your car.
If your BAC is more than twice the legal limit (0.17), the penalties are even stiffer. Your license will be suspended for one year and you could face 180 days in jail. You could also face community service and hefty fines.
Car accidents can happen at any time, regardless of the season. Ideally, those who drink would find alternative transportation, but sometimes mistakes happen. Sometimes people feel fine when they first get behind the wheel and start to feel stronger effects once they start driving.
We all deserve second chances. If you’ve been arrested for an alcohol-related offense, the law will not give you a second chance. You will likely face harsh penalties. The good news is that the Rankin criminal defense lawyers at Nickola Law will help you throughout your case. With four decades of experience handling criminal defense cases, we know which strategies will help reduce charges and penalties for our clients. Contact us at Nickola Law at (810) 767-5420 to schedule a free consultation.
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