Michigan law and checkpoints for drunk driving

Michigan law and checkpoints for drunk driving

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Many states have DUI checkpoints where police officers stop cars more or less at random to investigate whether the drivers show evidence of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Proponents say these checkpoints make the roadways safer for all. However, Michigan courts have determined that this type of DUI checkpoint practice violates the state constitution.

This does not mean you don’t have to worry about the possibility of being pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving. Although DUI checkpoints are illegal in Michigan, police officers can only pull you over if they have “reasonable suspicion” that you are driving under the influence.

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Reasons for suspicion

There are many instances that can trigger reasonable suspicion for an officer. These include:

  • Turning with a wide radius
  • Drifting
  • Following another car too closely
  • Headlights off
  • Slow response to traffic signals
  • Weaving
  • Not driving on a designated road
  • Straddling the center line
  • Appearing to be drunk
  • Braking erratically
  • Turning signals are on but not turning

If you are arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in Michigan, it is important that you contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A DUI is a serious charge that can have a lifelong impact. Penalties can include jail time, license suspension, fees and numerous points against your driver’s license. An attorney can skillfully challenge the evidence against you and present as many mitigating factors that can help improve your case. When your future is at stake it is important to take these charges seriously and have an attorney act on your behalf.