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How are field sobriety tests conducted?

It happens every day throughout the United States, including the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area. After a long day of work, you stop by the local watering hole for a couple drinks with buddies. Or it's Saturday night and it's your friend's birthday, and you'll only have a couple then head home. But when one or two turns out to be more than a few, you run the risk of driving while intoxicated.

A DUI/OWI charge without any a drop to drink?

The arrest of Tiger Woods this week on suspicion of driving under the influence but at the same time having measured 0.00 blood alcohol content (BAC) should serve as a reminder that you can be arrested for driving while impaired, even if the source of the impairment is not alcohol.

Corsages, dresses, tuxes and OWI charges?

Besides the weather warming up, there’s another definite indicator that it is spring: girls in prom dresses and boys in tuxes. It’s a special time of year for our teenagers, many of whom prepare for the event months ahead. Parents will likely pay a pretty penny for corsages, dresses, tuxes and limousines, and an unfortunate few may end up having to pay criminal fines if their child is stopped post-party and charged with OWI.

"No, I’ll keep recording"

A recent case highlights some police behavior that can be a problem in certain situations. A man driving for Uber was stopped for a broken taillight on his vehicle. As the police approached, he began taking video with his cellphone. The police officer ordered him to turn off the camera, stating "Hey, bud, turn that off, okay." The driver politely declined.

Will the legislature's actions reduce recidivism?

Criminal justice reform in on the agenda of the Michigan Legislature again this year. A package of bills has been introduced and received unanimous support in the Senate. The bills are supposed to help save the state some of the $2 billion spent every year by the Department of Corrections, which is the single largest element of the state's budget.

Don't think you need an attorney?

On television, criminal cases are neatly solved by the end of the episode. The police are portrayed as haveing sophisticated technology and clever detectives. You may even believe that if you were arrested, you must be guilty. The reality is often different.

How does 13 DUIs happen?

A man was arrested earlier this month and charged with what could become his 14th drunk driving conviction if he is convicted. Many complain and wonder how is this possible? Because the Michigan legislature says so. The news report states he has not had a valid license since 1983. Some outraged individuals wonder why he has not been sentenced to life in prison since that is the only time he seems to stop driving while intoxicated.

MADD wants tougher DUI laws in Michigan

In a recent report, the group Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) rates Michigan 49 out of 50 states for its drunk driving laws. Only Montana rated lower on their survey of state laws governing DUIs. Michigan did poorly due to insufficiently strict laws related to DUIs with children in the vehicle, not requiring ignition interlocks for all DUI convictions and not using sobriety checkpoints.

Michigan changes underage drinking law

For years, many legislatures' knee-jerk response to virtually every issue of public safety was to make whatever the activity was a crime and if it already was a crime, they would increase the penalties. Over the years, as the prison population across the nation and in Michigan has soared, it has become clear that for many activities, their criminal status was not much of a deterrent to the activity.

Don't let the holiday season celebrations get out of hand

The holiday season always means there are lots of opportunities to overdo it with alcohol. From work-related seasonal parties to being invited over to your friends for a small get-together or to watch a bowl game, to family dinners or going out for a big celebration on New Year's Eve, it is easy to let one drink lead to another until you see flashing red lights in your rear-view mirror and are spending some time discussing your driving abilities with a Michigan State Police trooper.

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