When a person notices flashing lights in their rearview mirror and is pulled over for a suspected DUI, they can feel scared and nervous about what’s to come. A DUI is a serious offense that in Michigan carries severe penalties. Because the penalties for a DUI conviction are so serious it is important that those who are facing a DUI are treated fairly. Unfortunately, a recent news story highlights problems with a breathalyzer that was used in Michigan.
Recently, Michigan State Police ended a contract that had been in place for over 20 years with a breathalyzer company. The State Police have uncovered an issue with the breathalyzers that have been used by many departments and could affect drunk driving cases across the state of Michigan. The issue with the breathalyzers has not been revealed but it appears to be an issue with breathalyzers that were not properly maintained. The Michigan State Police have identified 7 instances where the DUI was thrown out. The State Police are now recommending that suspected drunk drivers are given a blood test instead of a breathalyzer.
A drunk driving conviction can have serious implications for a Michigan resident, even with their first offense. A person can lose their license, be forced to pay thousands of dollars in fines, and even spend time in jail. If a person is facing a DUI, they may want to speak with a legal professional who specializes in criminal defense. An attorney can investigate the circumstances surrounding the arrest and help defend their client against these serious charges. An attorney can help build their client’s case and force prosecutors to prove that every step of the process was carried out according to proper procedures.
A drunk driving conviction in Michigan is serious and can affect a person’s good personal and professional reputation. It is important that someone who is facing a drunk driving charge spends the time to consult with an attorney.