Michigan Associate AD Suspended After Arrest for Suspicion of Drunk Driving
People in Grand Rapids, and everywhere else, get arrested for driving under the influence every day. While it’s true that many people enjoy alcoholic beverages, not everyone who drinks is actually drunk. Likewise, just because a person is arrested and charged with drunk driving, that does not mean he or she is technically guilty. Sometimes, people are arrested for suspicion of drunk driving, which is not the same as being charged with a DUI. However, in the court of public opinion they are already presumed guilty.
The University of Michigan has suspended the school’s associate athletic director after he was arrested recently on suspicion of driving under the influence. Jim Minick, has been suspended indefinitely after he was involved in a single-car crash and allegedly refused a breathalyzer test at the scene of the accident. Mr. Minick was not charged with a DUI and according to authorities the investigation is still ongoing. Investigators did give Mr. Minick a blood test, the results of which are still pending. According to reports, it could take up to 30 days before they come back.
However, as a result of the incident, the University has made the decision to suspend Mr. Minick. In this situation, it appears that Mr. Minick is already presumed guilty, even though many factors still need to be determined. Mr. Minick is obviously in a tough situation, but even though the evidence against him might look bad, that still doesn’t make him automatically guilty of driving under the influence. Like anyone else charged with a crime, he is innocent until proven guilty.
At the Van Den Heuvel Law Office, we know that being arrested for a DUI/OWI is a serious charge that can lead to tough consequences. That’s why we take these cases serious and work aggressively in order to build the right defense strategy for each situation. We understand that you will have many concerns if you are facing an OWI/DUI charge. We take the time to listen to your questions and offer the support that you need as you go through this process. We fight the charges every step of the way and look at every possible angle in order to get you acquitted or at the very least get the charges reduced. If you are facing DUI charges or even suspicion of DUI then please contact our office in Grand Rapids at 616-698-0000, or click here to contact us online.