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The Interplay Between Legalized Marijuana and Intoxicated Driving

Nov 7th, 2018 baronedefenew

Now that Michigan’s voters have approved the legal use of recreational marijuana, how will this impact Michigan’s laws against intoxicated driving?  The answer is - not very much. As of the date of this article, it is unlawful in Michigan to drive...

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How Does Drinking on an Empty Stomach Effect My Breath or Blood Test Results?

Sep 12th, 2018 PBarone

Generally, when a person drinks on an empty stomach they will reach a higher blood alcohol concentration more quickly, and this higher concentration will last longer, then if the same amount of alcohol is consumed on a full stomach.  This is one...

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What is Michigan’s Under 21 Zero Tolerance Law?

Jul 17th, 2018 PBarone

You are a drunk driver if you are under 21 years of age in Michigan, drink any amount of alcohol and then drive a car.  This is called the Michigan zero-tolerance drunk driving law. To fully understand this law, it is important...

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Michigan DUI/OWI and Staying Out of Jail

Jun 19th, 2018 PBarone

Even a person convicted of a first offense DUI/OWI in Michigan with no prior record faces the possibility of up to 93 days in jail, and judges in some courts are well known for putting first time offenders in jail.  Also, repeat...

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The Steps in a Michigan DUI/OWI Case

Jun 18th, 2018 PBarone

This article covers only the steps in DUI/OWI case that take place in court after a lawyer has been retained. The first step in a Michigan drunk driving case is an arraignment on the warrant, ticket, complaint or information.  At the arraignment,...

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Can I Refuse Police Officer DUI/OWI Tests?

Jun 8th, 2018 PBarone

Yes, you can lawfully refuse police DUI/OWI tests without penalty. However, there are exceptions, and in some situations, it may not be in your best interest to refuse these tests.  Therefore, before you make this decision, you should discuss your options directly with a lawyer....

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What are the Possible Conditions of Bond on a Michigan DUI/OWI?

Jun 5th, 2018 PBarone

After you’ve been arraigned on your Michigan DUI/OWI, the court will make a determination as to bond conditions.  The court will add conditions to your bond because you have been charged with a serious offense and the court wants to make sure...

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Understanding the Arraignment Process after a Michigan DUI/OWI


The arraignment is the first court hearing that will take place after a Michigan DUI/OWI arrest.  This hearing can take place before a judge or magistrate, and in some courts, can be waived.  The purpose the arraignment is to inform you of...

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Amish Man on Horse Drawn Buggy Arrested for Drunk Driving

May 22nd, 2018 PBarone

On March 22, 2018, an Amish man was arrested in Ohio for drunk driving after he ran a stop sign.  He admitted to the police that he drank 10 beers.  The police noticed the failure to stop and then began following the...

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What’s the Difference Between Impairment and Intoxication?

May 11th, 2018 PBarone

There are several ways to look at this question.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines the two terms this way. Notice the results-based language contained in these definitions: Impairment—Refers to the deterioration of an individual’s judgment and/or physical ability. Physiological and...

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