Posts Tagged ‘Driving While Intoxicated’

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.

Drunk Driving Arrest – Mom Arrested For DUI After Fight With Teen Son Refusing To Get In Car

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

While all the people seeking legal assistance from drunk driving lawyers in Michigan are facing serious consequences, those who were busted for driving drunk with children in the car face a tougher legal battle. Not only will the person face consequences stemming from drunk driving charges, but it is likely that the suspect will also face child endangerment charges as well, putting their parental rights at risk. These incidents certainly are not the norm, as most parents generally tend to keep their kids out of the vehicle when they have been drinking. After an out-of-state mom was arrested for her fourth DUI, however, clearly sometimes mother does not know best.

Last week, the manager at a local Toys “R” Us was retrieving shopping carts when he noticed a Honda Pilot rear-end a parked car. The store employee notified law enforcement officials, who arrived on the scene to find a woman arguing with her 14 year-old son, while another nine year-old son sat in the vehicle. Feeling that something was wrong with his mother, the teen refused to get in the car with her. Police immediately noticed that Nancy Contois, 40, was severely intoxicated as she continued to argue with both her children and police. After her blood alcohol content registered as 0.267 percent, more than three times the legal limit of 0.08, Contois was arrested for drunk driving charges.

This is not the first time Contois has faced charges for driving under the influence. A three-time DUI offender, she was previously arrested in 1990, 1994, and 2001. Even though Contois stated in court this week that she was sober for five years, she is still facing a laundry list of severe consequences and punishments for the incident, including a fourth drunk driving charge, cruelty to a child, domestic assault, resisting arrest, and reckless endangerment. In addition to the eleven plus years of jail time Contois will receive if convicted, her husband filed a restraining order against her. Along with the other charges, it is possible that she may also be prevented from seeing her children or lose her parental rights as a result.

Being accused of drunk driving once, let alone four times, is a big deal. Judges, juries, and law enforcement officials are increasingly less sympathetic to repeat offenders of crimes that put others in danger, such as driving while intoxicated. Because the consequences for DWI charges can be so severe, it is essential to contact hard-working and aggressive DUI attorneys in Michigan. Not only will you receive the best legal advice, but also legal representation designed to defend your driving privileges, parental rights, and personal freedoms.

MI DUI Charges – Michigan Driver Arrested For DWI Blamed His Actions on Labron James

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Being pulled over for drunk driving can cause any motorist to become incredibly flustered and aggravated. In the heat of these powerful emotions, there is no telling what a driver will say to a police officer. Throughout extensive careers as knowledgeable drunk driving lawyers in Michigan, we thought we had heard it all. However, a recent DUI arrest in Flint is certainly “the king” of excuses that you should not use if pulled over for drunk driving.

Millions of people were glued to their televisions last week when basketball star Labron James announced where he would be playing ball next year. His decision upset many sports fans, including a Flint man who hoped that “the king” of basketball would play for the Celtics. The fan was so outraged that he got drunk and drove around with a large sign on his SUV criticizing the athlete: “We are all WITNESS’S to a quitter.”

Unfortunately for the Flint man, it was not his poor spelling that caught the attention of law enforcement officials. According to police reports, his vehicle was drifting over the center line and the shoulder in the early morning hours of July 11th. On his breath test, the man’s blood alcohol content registered as 0.16, double the legal driving limit in Michigan. When law enforcement officials asked him if he was drinking, he admitted that he was- – because Labron James chose to play for another team instead of the Celtics.

Despite the creative excuse used by this Flint sports fan, police nonetheless arrested him on DUI charges in Michigan. If a judge and jury does not buy it either, he could face significant consequences including the loss of driving privileges, fines, and jail time.

Cases such as these highlight the necessity for criminal suspects to watch what they say in the presence of law enforcement officials. In saying too much, it is possible to incriminate yourself and intensify the charges against you greatly. It is important to be polite and cooperative, but also to use your right to have an experienced DUI attorney in Michigan present during questioning. Doing so can ensure that you have the legal advice and legal representation needed to properly defend yourself against life-changing charges, protecting your personal liberties and freedoms.

MI Drunk Driving – Criminal Charges Brought Against Suspected Drunk Driver in Fatal Collision

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Being busted for driving while intoxicated in the State of Michigan will bring permanent and life-changing consequences on a person. However, if the drunk driver crashes into another causing significant personal injury or death, the charges brought against the at-fault motorist will undoubtedly become more severe. Each day as aggressive Michigan criminal defense lawyers, we represent people who have not only received DUI charges, but murder charges as well after killing another driver or passenger on the road. There are similar cases seen in recent news, such as the example of the Michigan man serious criminal charges after allegedly crashing his vehicle drunk, killing one of his sons.

Last December, Michigan resident Robert Ruh II was driving his truck in Homer Township when he crashed his vehicle, killing his son, Robert Ruh III, 7, and seriously injured his other son, Austin Ruh, 8. In the hours after the accident, toxicologists with the Michigan State Police in Lansing estimated that Ruh’s blood-alcohol content level when the incident occurred was between 0.08 and 0.10. In the State of Michigan, operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content level over 0.08  is considered drunk driving. As a result, evidence presented from the toxicology lab was enough to accuse Ruh of multiple Michigan drunk driving charges.

Law enforcement officials originally charged Ruh with operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death and operating a vehicle under the influence while transporting someone under the age of 16. However, on Thursday the court granted prosecutors request, slapping two new counts against him: involuntary manslaughter with a motor vehicle, or some form of Michigan negligent homicide charges. If convicted of all violations against him, Ruh could face a maximum penalty of life in prison, if convicted.

As seen by the example of Robert Ruh II, being accused of driving while intoxicated can have significant consequences, especially if it causes personal injury or death to another person. Harm was not only inflicted on his children, Ruh is also facing serious criminal charges of drunk driving and negligent homicide. If convicted of either charge, he will almost certainly spend time in prison. Because the punishments are so severe, it is essential to contact hard-working and experienced Lansing drunk driving lawyers for the best possible legal defense. Acting quickly will not only provide top-notch legal advice, but also help ensure that you stay at home with your family, and not behind bars.

MI DUI Charges – Michigan Woman Faces Criminal Charges for DUI Accident Killing Four Teens

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

When an individual drives drunk and causes an accident, they could be charged with much more than just driving while intoxicated. If a motorist gets behind the wheel  impaired and crashes into another vehicle, pedestrian, or bicyclist causing personal injury or death, it is possible to also be accused of murder. As experienced Michigan criminal defense lawyers, it is not uncommon to represent people who have a very tough legal battle in front of them after being held accountable not only for driving drunk, but for the personal injury inflicted on others. A perfect example seen in the news is the recent conviction of a Michigan woman who was not only charged with driving under the influence, but also murder after crashing into another vehicle and killing four teenagers.

Over a year ago, Frances Dingle was drunkenly driving when she lost control of her car and it veered off the road on Gratiot near the Macomb Mall, crashing into a car carrying four teenagers stopped at a traffic light. The four teens, Stephanie Currie, 16, Erica Haudek, 15, Devon Spurlock, 19, and Jordan Michalak, 16, all died as a result of the impact. Law enforcement officials charged Dingle with Michigan drunk driving charges, as well as second-degree murder.

After hearing the counts against her out loud in court this week, Dingle initially said “guilty,” but immediately changed her response to “no contest.” Although no contest pleas are not admitting guilt, judges treat them similarly for sentencing purposes. As a result of the Michigan murder charges and drunk driving charges, most expect that Dingle sentence on May 19th will include at least 18 years behind bars. However, Dingle’s Michigan drunk driving lawyer is sticking behind her. “My client is not a monster. She’s a human being. This could happen to anyone,” he stated.

Being suspected of driving while intoxicated is complex enough, let alone adding Michigan murder charges into the equation. As seen by the example of Frances Dingle, the consequences of conviction are intense, including the loss of driving privileges, fines, and extensive jail time. Therefore it is essential to seek the top-notch legal advice and legal representation to best protect your personal liberties and freedoms. Acting today and retaining experienced Lansing drunk driving lawyers can get a strong case developed in your defense to keep you at home, and not behind bars.