Misconceptions About Michigan Drunk Driving Charge

Question: What are some misconceptions about a Michigan drunk driving charge?

Answer: Well, I think we see them on all different sides. I think a lot of times people, some people think a first offense is not a big deal and it’s not going to affect their lives that much, and a lot of times if we have somebody that we start trial with a second offense, they think to themselves, “Darn it, I wish I would have gone back and actually done something about that first case,” that may have been a really weak case or they thought, “Well, this isn’t going to hurt me too much.” So I think sometimes people underestimate the effects this can have on your life, and sometimes people overestimate the effects that something like this can have on their life as well. You know, this is, on a first offense, if nobody’s insured or killed, there’s no prison time that’s available on something like this, and many judges around the state would not think of putting somebody even in jail on a first offense. But, so there are, sometimes I think people get maybe overly worried, and sometimes people are not worried enough as far as what those different consequences could be. So, I think those are some misconceptions; there’s certainly misconceptions about whether or not to take sobriety tests and breath tests and blood tests and what consequences would happen there, which is not really, it’s a longer scope of questioning that we can talk about some other time. But, misconceptions about the charge itself, you know, what the consequences would be, both the legal consequences as well as the collateral consequences. So I think there’s a lot of things out there, probably could fill a few pages of different things that we’ve heard.

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