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  • 3 Health Conditions That Can Affect the Results of a Breath Test

    3 Health Conditions That Can Affect the Results of a Breath Test

    by Daniel B. Hess

    December 28, 2017

    Imagine driving home one evening when you notice a police car with its lights on behind you. You realize you still haven’t fixed that burnt out brake light, so you make a mental note to do so later that weekend.   It feels like a routine traffic stop, and when the officer asks you to blow into a breathalyzer, you do not hesitate. After all, you have not been drinking.

  • Can a DUI Conviction Affect Your Car Insurance Premium in Michigan?

    Can a DUI Conviction Affect Your Car Insurance Premium in Michigan?

    by Daniel B. Hess

    December 20, 2017

    If you have ever owned a car in Michigan, you probably already know that car insurance rates for those in the area are not cheap. In fact, according to Forbes, the Great Lakes State has some of the highest premiums in the country.

  • What Are Some Common Defenses Against OWI Charges?

    What Are Some Common Defenses Against OWI Charges?

    by Daniel B. Hess

    November 29, 2017

    If you are facing OWI charges in Michigan, a conviction could result in jail time, steep fines, loss of your driver’s license, and other severe consequences. Even first-time offenders face potential incarceration of up to 93 days, which could affect both your professional life and personal relationships.

  • Breath Test Following Collision Reveals Mother of Four Was Driving with a BAC of 0.318

    Breath Test Following Collision Reveals Mother of Four Was Driving with a BAC of 0.318

    by Daniel B. Hess

    November 20, 2017

    According to the Battle Creek Enquirer, police arrested a 30-year-old woman for driving while intoxicated and four counts of child endangerment following a drunk driving collision. Law enforcement personnel claim they responded to the 100 block of Battle Creek Avenue just after 9:30 a.m. to find that the woman had struck a fire hydrant, tree, and telephone pole near her home.

  • Who Is the Best Criminal Lawyer in Grand Rapids?

    Who Is the Best Criminal Lawyer in Grand Rapids?

    by Daniel B. Hess

    October 27, 2017

    The Sixth Amendment grants American citizens the right to legal representation if they are facing criminal charges. That means if you cannot afford to hire a criminal attorney, the state will assign a public defender to assist you throughout the proceedings.

  • What Are Your Rights at a DUI Checkpoint?

    What Are Your Rights at a DUI Checkpoint?

    by Gordon & Hess, PLC

    October 20, 2017

    The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects American motorists from unreasonable searches and seizures. That means police must typically have probable cause that a driver has broken the law or is in the act of breaking the law in order to conduct a traffic stop. Since motorists who drive while impaired are not only putting their own lives at risk, though, many jurisdictions have ruled that the safety of everyone outweighs the rights of one.

  • Police Appear to Cover up Prosecutor’s Indiscretions

    by Gordon & Hess, PLC

    September 21, 2017

    According to the Detroit Free Press, three Grand Rapids police officers who responded to or had knowledge of a drunk driving collision involving an assistant prosecutor tried to cover up the official’s role in the accident. The police discussed the case with one another over the phone on a line that was allegedly “non-recorded,” but a judge ordered them to release the conversations, which actually had been documented.

  • What Is an Investigative Subpoena?

    What Is an Investigative Subpoena?

    by Gordon & Hess, PLC

    September 20, 2017

    In a perfect world, people who witness criminal activity would be able to report it without fear of retribution from the allegedly guilty party. Depending on the circumstances of the crime, though, witnesses are often reluctant to cooperate with the police because they believe it will put themselves or their families in danger.

  • How Can I Prevent a Friend from Drinking and Driving?

    How Can I Prevent a Friend from Drinking and Driving?

    by Gordon & Hess, PLC

    August 30, 2017

    When you go out drinking with friends, you should always designate a driver first or ensure there are adequate sleeping arrangements at the house where you plan on socializing. Nothing can ruin a fun night faster than a DUI arrest—or a serious motor vehicle collision.

  • When Is DUI a Felony in Michigan?

    When Is DUI a Felony in Michigan?

    by Gordon & Hess, PLC

    August 23, 2017

    Having a felony conviction on your record can affect your life in ways you may not have anticipated. For example, it could have a serious impact on your career trajectory and your financial security, even if the crime was non-violent and had nothing to do with your line of work.

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