Did You Get Arrested for a DUI Offense over Labor Day?

Did You Get Arrested for a DUI Offense over Labor Day?

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September 07, 2019
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Holiday weekends often mean boating, camping, barbecues, parties, and more for people across the State of Michigan. Whether you take a trip to the lake or simply attend a gathering at a friend or family member’s house, celebrations tend to involve having a few beers or other alcoholic beverages. Law enforcement agencies are aware of common trends over holiday weekends, which is why they were prepared to increase the enforcement of drunk driving laws over the Labor Day holiday. The Michigan State Police, sheriff’s offices, and local police departments all increased their efforts and presence on the roads to arrest impaired drivers during the long weekend, which led to many arrests.

Michigan DUI Offenses

Michigan has different offenses related to driving under the influence (DUI). The charges you face will depend on the details of your situation, and these charges may include:

  • Operating While Visibly Impaired (OWVI) – This applies if there are visible signs of impairment, and the officer believes you were not able to operate your vehicle safely. This charge does not require your blood alcohol content (BAC) to be above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
  • Operating While Intoxicated (OWI)This charge is often filed when your BAC is at or higher than the legal limit and the officer asserts that you were under the influence with your driving ability substantially impaired.

While OWVI is generally considered to be less serious than OWI, both charges can mean harsh penalties, including:

  • Time in jail (even for a first offense)
  • Fines
  • Community service
  • Probation
  • Immobilization and forfeiture of your vehicle
  • Suspension of your driver’s license

The consequences can increase if you have prior DUI convictions, had a passenger under age 16 in the car, or had a particularly high BAC. A drunk driving conviction might also affect your employment – especially if you drive as part of your job – and other aspects of your life.

What to Do if You Were Arrested

If you were arrested for any level of drunk driving offense over Labor Day weekend, your very first call should be to an experienced Michigan DUI defense attorney. The right attorney can help you fight against a conviction and overly harsh consequences in many ways. The specific defense strategy in your case will depend on the circumstances of your arrest, but defenses may include:

  • The traffic stop was unlawful and in violation of your constitutional rights
  • The officer failed to properly conduct field sobriety tests or chemical tests
  • The breathalyzer device was not properly calibrated
  • The forensic lab mishandled blood samples
  • There is another explanation why you appeared to be impaired, such as fatigue or illness

Importantly, a defense lawyer can also handle the administrative license suspension aspect of your case in addition to the criminal charges. 

Contact Our Flint, Michigan DUI Defense Lawyers for Assistance Right Away

At Nickola Law, we help clients fight OWI and OWVI charges in and around the Flint area. If you were arrested over Labor Day or any other time, please contact us for help as soon as possible.


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