Recently, a man was at the 55th District Court in Mason, Michigan on charges of Operating While Intoxicated. The man was in court to enter a plea when the judge noticed the man appeared drunk and asked him to take a breathalyzer test. That is when the man refused and walked out of the courthouse. He got into his vehicle and drove away, hitting an Ingham County deputy in the process. That deputy followed the man onto US 127 North. The man led police officers on a high speed chase with speeds of up to 128 miles per hour, and eventually came to a stop after hitting a semi truck. When police arrested the man, they registered his blood alcohol content as .205, which is almost three times the legal limit of .08 in Michigan. The man is now facing a further OWI charge, a felonious assault charge, and a fleeing and eluding charge.
As top drunk driving defense attorneys, we know that going to court to face a judge on drunk driving charges is unnerving. However, it is never a good idea to consume alcohol before appearing in court. In general, judges like to see that defendants are remorseful for their actions and have learned a lesson. This man is clearly in more legal trouble now than he would have been had he showed up for court sober.
Being charged with drunk driving in Michigan is a scary thing, especially for those people who have never had to face criminal prosecution. That is why it is best to contact a skilled and experienced OWI lawyer immediately. Your attorney can help you with the entire criminal process and will be there with you every step of the way to work towards achieving a favorable outcome.