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Michigan man accused of drunk driving for 7th time

On Sept. 12, a Michigan man was reportedly taken into police custody after authorities found him driving while under the influence of alcohol. His Ford pickup truck was reportedly found after he had driven it into a ditch on the side of the road in Ray Township.

When they arrived at the scene, authorities allegedly conducted a field sobriety test, which he did not pass. When he was given a breathalyzer, he allegedly blew a .25, well over the legal limit of .08. He was charged on Sept. 14 for operating a vehicle while impaired and having open intoxicants in a vehicle. It was also discovered that he had a suspended license after being convicted on multiple prior DWI charges, and he was charged for that offense as well.

The man's bond was set at $25,000. As of Sept. 15, he remained in custody and had a hearing scheduled for Sept. 22. He had just been released from prison in April after being sentenced to prison in February 2012 for drunk driving.

The state of Michigan takes accusations of drunk driving very seriously. However, there still are several ways that an attorney provide a defense to someone who is charged with driving under the influence. It can potentially be argued that the breathalyzer was not properly calibrated or that the field sobriety tests that were given were not properly conducted. If this is a first offense, the attorney can potentially negotiate a sentence that involves mandatory rehabilitation at treatment facilities or participation in alcohol awareness classes.

Source: CBS Detroit, "Grosse Pointe Farms Man Found Drunk In Ditch Faces 7th OWI Charge", Sept. 15, 2015

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