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NHTSA Announces That All States Should Require Ignition Interlocks Devices for First-time Drunken Drivers

On December 17, 2013, David Shepardson reported in the Detroit News that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has, "urged all states to require first-time drunken driving offenders to use ignition interlocks that prevent them from operating their vehicles after drinking."  He continues:

Sobriety Checkpoints in Michigan

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Every year around the holidays, a Michigan news story will inevitably announce that police intend to employ sobriety checkpoints to put the kibosh on holiday revelers.  Sobriety checkpoints, which have been repeatedly proven to be ineffective, are illegal in Michigan.  

Westland is Cooking the Books! Police Officer Salaries Wildly Inflated to Impose Unlawful Tax Gets Judicial Approval

From a real case heard today before Judge Sandra Cicirelli on October 24, 2013.  She held that dispatch operators are earning $88,000.00 a year.  Westland police officers working road patrol are making $130,000.00.  The police lieutenants are supposedly earning a whopping $180,000.00!  Prosecutor Michael M. McNamara refused to present live testimony, and Judge Cicirelli held that the fees assessed against my client today were reasonable because Mr. McNamara had argued in his brief that his road patrol officers earn more than $68.00 an hour.  Really?  Read on...  


77 Day Rule In Michigan Drunk Driving DUI Cases

I get a lot of questions about the “77 Day Rule” from folks charged with a DUI. This mysterious rule that is rumored to exist inspires people to hope that a drunk driving charge will simply disappear, and they can move on with their lives. The truth is that I still field questions about this archaic rule from practicing lawyers.

The 77 Day Rule does exist, but it does not help win DUI cases. To the contrary, it is used as a weapon to hurt a person’s ability to defend a drunk driving case.

How to Obtain Your Own Arrest Report and Drunk Driving Case Information

If you are looking to obtain information about an arrest, traffic stop, or a drunk driving case, you have a powerful tool available in Michigan.  This tool is called the "Freedom of Information Act," and you can use it to help yourself to a wealth of information with minimal effort and nominal costs.