On Friday, July 25, a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint was conducted by San Bernardino Police between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. in the 300 block of W. Baseline Avenue, according to a news article at Highland Community News. Police departments often conduct unannounced checkpoints in order to not only catch those who drive while under the influence or without driver’s licenses, but to increase awareness of the dangers of driving drunk and help enforce the laws regarding DUI.
In this checkpoint, police arrested five individuals for driving under the influence, although eight people were arrested in all, three on criminal charges. Of the five arrested for DUI, one was suspected to be under the influence of alcohol, the other four suspected to be impaired by drugs.
Michigan DUI attorneys realize that when the average person thinks of an arrest for driving under the influence, he or she usually assumes alcohol or liquor was involved. The fact is, there are many people who are arrested each year for driving under the influence of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and other substances that can impair an individual’s ability to safely operate a vehicle. Essentially, “under the influence” can mean any illicit or illegal drug, liquor, or substance that puts the driver’s life in danger, as well as the lives of other motorists or pedestrians around the driver.
In Michigan and across the U.S., drunken driving is a serious matter that is punished severely. In the state of Michigan, a first-time DUI offense can result in criminal penalties that include jail time, fines, community service, and driver’s license suspension, among other things. A second offense will result in increased penalties; a third offense is a felony. If convicted of a third DUI, the individual will face a maximum of five years in prison, fines of up to $5,000, and a revoked driver’s license for a minimum of five years.
Regardless of whether you have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, consult with a capable and skilled Michigan DUI defense lawyer at once. You must take immediate action to protect your legal rights and freedom.