Michigan takes driving under the influence (DUI) very seriously and has been cracking down on drivers suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A conviction for DUI can devastate your life both personally and professionally, so if you or someone you know has been arrested for DUI, it is important that you call an experienced DUI defense attorney right away. The knowledgeable Grand Rapids DUI defense attorneys at the Van Den Heuvel Law Office are here to help. Call the office or contact us today to speak with an experienced lawyer about your case.
In Michigan, a driver can be arrested for a DUI if operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08% or higher, with any amount of a controlled substance in his or her body, while under the influence of any intoxicating liquor, or while under the influence of any intoxicating substance. The penalties for DUI increase with the number of prior convictions, with punishments including jail time, thousands of dollars in fines and court fees, driver’s license suspension, alcohol education classes, community service, installation of an interlock ignition device, and forfeiture of your vehicle. If a driver was transporting a passenger under the age of 16 years old, the penalties for a DUI are enhanced.
Unlike some other crimes, a DUI conviction can never be expunged from a criminal record and will show up on every background check for a job, housing, employment, and more. It may eliminate some job opportunities that require a driver’s license, and the social stigma attached to a DUI can hurt both your personal and professional life.
Police use a number of different ways to determine whether they believe a driver is operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Some of these include field sobriety tests, breathalyzer tests, and blood tests. These methods have plenty of faults, and an experienced attorney will be able to review the facts of your case to determine the best defense against the charges of DUI. Some of the most common defenses against this crime include an officer improperly stopping the vehicle, an improper arrest, mistakes in the chemical testing for blood alcohol levels, violations of search and seizure laws, and more.
From the moment you are placed under arrest, the defense attorneys at the Van Den Heuvel Law Office will protect and defend your rights while in custody. We will be present for all conversations with police and review the evidence in the case. Our lawyers will begin building the best possible defense against charges of driving under the influence and are not afraid to take your case to trial. We will zealously advocate on your behalf every step of the way.
Do not let a DUI ruin the rest of your life. If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI, call or contact the Van Den Heuvel Law Office in Grand Rapids today to schedule a free consultation of your case with an experienced Grand Rapids DUI defense attorney now.