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In the state of Michigan there are three specific drunk driving offenses that can be prosecuted. They are;
1- Operating under the influence of intoxicating substance(liquor)
2- Driving with an unlawful blood alcohol level
3- Operating while impaired (OWI)
And if you're under 21, the law in Michigan is stricter. Minors aren't allowed to buy, have in their possession, or consume alcoholic beverages. If you have any alcohol in your vehicle―even unopened―on the road or in a parking lot, you can be charged with a misdemeanor. If you have a BAC of 0.02 or greater, you'll also be arrested.
COMMERCIAL VEHICLES: Drivers of commercial vehicles are considered legally drunk when their BAC is .04 or higher
DUI WITH A MINOR IN VEHICLE: A DUI defendant who was arrested with a child under the age of 16 in the car will be guilty of a different misdemeanor offense, which carries additional penalties.
Understanding Michigan DUI Laws
When given a choice of blood, breath or urine chemical test after arrest, choose a urine test if it is available. It is the most unreliable; but, the officer may only offer a blood or breath test
Politely elect NOT to answer any questions during the DUI investigation, either before or after you are arrested