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In Michigan, the drunk driving laws may seem like an insurmountable fight for litigators in the field.  As one famed litigator once OUIL and blood tests in Michigansaid, “Getting an OUIL in the state of Michigan is the equivalent of going to a doctor with stage 4 cancer, there is not much that can be done.”  While this famed litigator and law school professor is entitled to his opinion (and requested anonymity in our research), there are many others in our state that support his comments. Even though accepted by a vast majority in our industry, these comments are not valid. One such attorney who has been at the forefront of drunk driving litigation is Scott Grabel.

Mr. Grabel is the founder of Grabel and Associates and his firm has evolved into a top law firm across the state of Michigan.  One of the ways he has obtained his notoriety is with his knowledge of drunk driving laws and his success in winning and mitigating what seemed like impossible cases.  When asked about this topic, Mr. Grabel stated, “The first thing that people do not realize is that there are only two primary ways to measure one’s blood alcohol content.  The first is the breath test, in which there are often calibration issues.  The second is a blood test.  In this utilization of blood is where we have found the greatest amount of success.” Continue reading

cuffs-womanIn 2000, then 18-year-old Dawn Vrentas of Seattle was arrested for the first time for DUI.  Vrentas later spent time in prison after two of her friends lost their lives in an accident in which Vrentas was intoxicated.  On Tuesday April 29, Vrentas, who is now in her early 30’s, pleaded guilty to a third DUI in connection with an incident that occurred in 2013.  A third DUI offense is a felony; Vrentas is scheduled to be sentenced on May 16, according to a news report at Q13Fox.com.

Because Vrentas pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, prosecutors agreed to recommend 22 months in prison, the low end of the sentencing guidelines in Washington.  She was charged with her third DUI (a felony) in July of 2013 when she was pulled over in the area of Northgate on I-5 for speeding.  Vrentas was required to participate in alcohol monitoring 24/7.

In Washington, a third DUI within a 7 year time frame will lead to serious penalties, which include a minimum of 90 days in jail, fines of up to $5,000, probation, license revocation, and four months on EHM, or electronic home monitoring.  However, a third DUI offense outside of the 7 year window may result in the same severe penalties.  Continue reading

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