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Don’t Drive Drunk OR Super Drunk

Here in Michigan, most of us know that driving with a bodily alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher qualifies as “drunk” and (if 21 years old or older; .02 or higher if under 21 years old) may very well result in an arrest for driving under the influence. What you may not know is that Michigan has enhanced penalties for anyone caught driving “super drunk.”  A driver is Super Drunk if he/she has a BAC of .17 or higher.

Let’s look at the some of the penalty differences between Drunk and Super Drunk.  These penalties apply to a person who has not had any other drunk driving offense in the past 7 years.  If prior offenses within 7 years do exist, penalties are much more extreme than those listed under Super Drunk.

Drunk Driving 1st Offense

  • Up to $500 fine
  • Up to 93 days in jail
  • Up to 6 months suspended license(restricted license available after 30 days)
  • 6 points on driver’s license

Super Drunk Driving 1st Offense

  • Up to $700 fine
  • Up to 180 days in jail
  • Driver license suspended for first 45 days, followed by 320 days restricted license with ignition interlock that requires the driver to take and pass a breathalyzer before the car will start
  • 6 points on driver’s license
  • Mandatory alcohol treatment program

The penalties and costs for those found Drunk versus Super Drunk almost double for Super Drunk.  We all knew it was expensive and imposing to face a standard drunk driving offense.  However, with the Super Drunk standards, those penalties and costs become quite oppressive and have a much longer impact!

Of course, your best course of action is to abstain from all alcohol before getting behind the wheel. However, in the event you are found Super Drunk or Drunk, you are facing penalties and costs too extreme not to have an experienced attorney on your side fighting to mitigate your exposure. We have the experience to effectively and efficiently counsel you through any DUI.  You can’t afford not to call us – we know the intricacies of Michigan’s DUI laws.

Getting Divorced In Michigan

The decision to end a marriage never comes at a convenient time. The amount of anxiety and turmoil that accompanies separating a marriage or family can seemingly take over your life. I understand that you have questions about the divorce process, legal separation, or child custody matters. I have helped families just like yours and I can help you and your family through this difficult time.

According to Michigan law, grounds for divorce are considered to be the “Breakdown of the marriage relationship to the extent that the objects of matrimony have been destroyed and there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved.” (See Michigan Compiled Laws, Section 552.6) Whatever your reason for divorcing your spouse may be, my goal is to help you and your family make this transition peacefully and easily so that you can move your life forward. When you hire me as your Michigan divorce attorney, you get all my years of experience working for you. I know how traumatic a divorce can be for you and especially your children, which is why I offer compassionate, personal attention to my clients. You are not just another case in my law firm, you are an individual who deserves my dedication so you can achieve the best possible outcome. Let me worry about your case so you don’t have to.

MORE ABOUT A MICHIGAN DIVORCE

Over the years of practicing family law in Michigan, I have learned that a divorce lawyer is part litigator, part therapist, and part accountant. Naturally people want to know how much they will pay or receive in alimony or child support. What is community property and how is it divided? Who pays the outstanding debts? How will child visitation be arranged? Who gets custody of our children? I welcome your questions and I encourage you to sit down with me to discuss your case. In most cases, both divorcing spouses want the divorce to result in a fair and equitable outcome, but there are times when negotiations break down and the other spouse becomes unreasonable. When that happens, rest assured that I will aggressively pursue your interests in court. My proven track record speaks for itself: achieving results no matter how harsh a full-on court battle will be. I am prepared to fight for you and go the distance.

WHY HIRE ME AS YOUR DIVORCE LAWYER?

Every lawyer has gone to law school, and every lawyer has some experience in some area of law. I have dedicated my practice to family law matters such as prenuptial agreements, divorce, custody, alimony, child support, adoption, property division, decree modifications, restraining orders, and visitation matters. It is my core belief that settling your case amicably is usually the best solution and I encourage both spouses to make compromises when necessary. If the other attorney wants to be a bully, I will stand my ground. I am not intimidated by table pounding opposing counsel.

Family laws in Michigan change from time to time and trends in divorce can alter the outcome of seemingly similar cases so it is my firm belief to stay informed by studying new case law and decisions in my area of expertise. My law firm also believes that everyone should have access to the family law court system which is why we offer affordable payment plans and reasonable fees. We can always justify every dollar you spend on legal fees at our firm. I promise to be accessible to you and promptly return your phone calls. Call my office today to set up an initial consultation.