DUI/OWI/DWI

Will Michigan Create a Legal Limit for Marijuana and Driving?

Everyone knows the legal limit for drinking and driving is .08. Could a limit be established for marijuana and driving? With marijuana’s newfound legal status, there is a lot of attention on enforcement of drugged driving cases. Proposed Law A new proposed law would create a legal limit for marijuana at 5 nanograms. This means a person would be legally intoxicated by marijuana if there were 5 nanograms of THC in their blood while driving. The law would […]

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Is Drugged Driving on the Rise in Washtenaw County?

Drugged driving – driving while under the influence of drugs rather than alcohol – has received a lot of recent attention from law enforcement. In 2017, a pilot program for a roadside saliva drug test was tested in five counties. This program involved the use of a quick drug test designed to see if a driver had certain drugs in their system. The test is similar to a preliminary breath test for alcohol. The test gives the police […]

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Michigan Declines to Create “Legal Limit” for Marijuana and Driving

Currently, a person cannot drive after drinking if they have a blood alcohol content of .08 or over. Right now, there is no “legal limit” for marijuana. For the last year or so, the Michigan Impaired Driving Safety Commission has researched whether the law should have a legal limit for marijuana. The Commission declined to create a legal limit for marijuana. This means to be in trouble for driving under the influence of marijuana, a person must actually […]

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Could Michigan Lower Its Legal Limit to .05?

Lawmakers in Michigan have introduced proposed legislation that would lower the legal limit from .08 to .05. Utah recently became the first state to lower its legal limite to .05. It is currently against the law to drive after drinking when a person has a .08 blood alcohol content. Many safety groups are unsatisfied with the .08 amount. What Would This Mean Legally Speaking? Right now, it is against the law to drive with a blood alcohol content […]

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Congress Discusses Requiring Cars to Have Ignition Interlock Devices

Technology is always changing our lives, for better or worse. Congress recently held a hearing to discuss whether every car should be equipped with a device to measure if a driver has been drinking. Safety advocates strongly encourage such a move, but the reality of this seems very far away. What Would This Mean? These safety advocates would want to see an ignition interlock device in every car. An ignition interlock device is technology where a driver blows […]

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Use of Roadside Saliva Drug Tests Will Expand Statewide

Police are expanding the use of a roadside saliva test statewide for drivers suspected to be under the influence of drugs. This expanded use of the test coincides with the legalization of recreational marijuana. The roadside saliva test began as part of a one-year pilot program in five Michigan counties. Roadside Saliva Tests These saliva tests are similar to the preliminary breath test (PBT) given to drivers suspected of drinking alcohol. A positive test will give the police […]

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Google Takes Heat for Waze App Posts on DUI Checkpoints

The New York Police Department sent a letter to Google demanding it remove DUI checkpoints from its WAZE App. The NYPD is concerned the Waze App enables people to circumvent a critical police function. What Happened WAZE is an App on which drivers share information about traffic, weather, accidents, etc. Users can post information so that other drivers can make good decisions. For example, a user might post information about a traffic backlog from an accident. Then a […]

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What Happens if You Refuse the Chemical Test After an OWI Arrest?

A person arrested for operating while intoxicated (DUI) will be given what’s called a chemical test. The purpose of a chemical test is to see if a person has alcohol or drugs in their system and how much. This chemical test will either be in the form of blowing into a machine at the police station or will be done through a blood draw. The test could be a urine test as well but that’s not common. When is […]

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Utah Lowers Legal Limit to .05.

Starting in the new year, Utah will be the first state to have a legal drinking and driving limit of .05. The previous limit in Utah was .08, which is the legal limit in Michigan and the rest of the country. How Much is .05? A .05 could be about three drinks. It all depends on the person. Either way, it’s less than .08, which is about 4 drinks. Either way, a BAC of.05 is less than .08, […]

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Will a DUI Prevent Me From Getting a CDL?

Yes, any driving under the influence conviction will make you ineligible for a commercial driver’s license. The length of ineligibility will depend on the type of DUI conviction. Any Driver’s License Suspension Leads to 36 Months of CDL Eligibility For starters, any type of driver’s license suspension or revocation will make you ineligible for a CDL for 36 months (3 years). Two of the most common DUI charges carry a driver’s license suspension. The standard DUI charge, operating […]

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