When Michigan drivers are charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, it can affect their standings in their communities and work environments, and convictions, if obtained, will show on their criminal records. Drunk driving charges are serious and need to be handled efficiently to protect the rights of the accused. A 58-year-old man was recently arrested after he was seen staggering before getting into his vehicle, resulting in an informant reporting him to the police.
The report claimed that a man appeared to be stumbling around before getting into his pickup truck. Police proceeded to investigate and soon located the suspect driving on M-72. Officers apparently pulled the pickup truck off the road and claim that the driver falsely used the name of a relative. The reason for this was later determined when he was identified by an image on a Michigan Department of Corrections website. The website revealed that the suspect was on probation and driving on a revoked driver's license, and it was also determined that the man had seven prior OWI convictions.
The police report states that the man was arrested after various field sobriety tests. He will likely face charges of felony OWI, driving on a revoked license, having open intoxicants and providing false information. He is being detained pending a bond hearing, and he may be held by the Michigan Department of Corrections for the probation violation.
Michigan drivers who have been arrested for drunk driving and charged with OWI may be unsure of where to turn for help. Fortunately, an experienced defense attorney will thoroughly investigate the traffic stop and arrest. After examining the evidence the prosecution has against an accused individual, defense counsel can then help the accused make decisions concerning his or her defense strategy.
Source: minews26, "Empire man arrested for 7 OWIs since '79 arrested again", Abigail Blackrick, June 18, 2015