Archive for the ‘Child Endangerment’ Category

Michigan Drunk Driving – Former NBA Star Jalen Rose Sentenced to 20 Days of Jail Time for Drunk Driving

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Jalen Rose—born and raised in Detroit, Michigan—played NCAA basketball for the University of Michigan, where he was a member of the famed “Fab Five.” He then went on to play in the NBA for 13 seasons. In March, he was arrested in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, on drunk driving charges, to which he pled guilty in May.

On Wednesday, July 27, Jalen Rose was sentenced to 20 days in jail for drunk driving. Judge Kimberly Small presided over the sentencing in the 48th District Court in Oakland County, Michigan. To skilled Michigan DUI attorneys, she is known for being tough on people who drink and drive. Judge Small told Rose at his sentencing, “I don’t care if you want to get drunk — have at it. I do mind when you get behind the wheel of a vehicle and use it in a way that can kill all of us.”

In Michigan, the most common drunk driving crimes are called Operating While Intoxicated (OWI), Operating While Visibly Impaired (OWVI), and Operating With the Presence of Drugs (OWPD). If there is a minor in the vehicle at the time of the violation, the driver will most likely also receive Child Endangerment charges in Michigan. Depending on whether this is a person’s first, second, third, or subsequent drunk driving offense, the penalties vary. For Jalen Rose, this was his first drunk driving offense, and it would have been quite possible for Rose to be given a sentence that included no jail time. Rose’s lawyers have publicly stated that they feel Judge Small abused her discretion by making an example out of such a public figure.

If you have been charged with a DUI crime in Michigan, you need to hire an attorney who is skilled at defending such cases. Fortunately, the attorneys at Kronzek and Cronkright have over 80 years of combined experience practicing criminal defense in Michigan, which includes drunk driving defense. We have delivered very favorable results for our clients all over the state of Michigan.

Michigan DUI Attorney – Heiress Elena Ford Arrested for DUI & Child Endangerment

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Henry Ford’s great-great-grandaughter, Elena Ford, was recently arrested in Ferndale, Michigan for drunk driving. It is reported that a police officer noticed that Ms. Ford was speeding and that her 2011 Ford Explorer swerved in its lane, brushed against the curb, and eventually went up over the curb before bouncing back onto the road.

The officer reports that he pulled her over and noticed she smelled like alcohol and had glassy eyes, slurred speech, and a red face. Ford was given field sobriety tests, however she was unable to recite the alphabet past the letter “G” and count backwards from 100 to 80 without stopping or making mistakes. Her breathalyzer test read a blood alcohol level of .18; that is more than twice the legal limit in Michigan.

Elena Ford’s 11 year-old son was also in the car with her.  This resulted in an additional charge of Child Endangerment on top of  the OWI.  Child Endangerment is a misdemeanor often charged when a person drives while intoxicated in Michigan with a child under the age of 16 in the vehicle at the time of the offense. This factual scenario often leads to both criminal charges and child abuse / neglect cases designed to strip parents or guardians of their parental rights. Top Michigan Children’s Protective Services Defense Lawyers know how to fight against charges of Child Endangerment.

Michigan drunk driving cases affect people from all walks of life.  Child Endangerment cases can have severe consequences for parents.  Fortunately, a competent Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney can often help clients avoid the severe consequences of these types of cases.