I'm starting to see a pattern for new clients who come to my office for Michigan drunk driving cases. Clients tell me they leave a bar or bowling alley then are pulled over within minutes of leaving the location. This is not a surprise, because bars, bowling alleys and other drinking establishments are fruitful for drunk drivers, and profitable arrests for counties, cities and townships. Is there anything illegal about this? Probably not, because an officer by law only needs to have a reasonable suspicion that you violated a section of the Michigan traffic code.
If you've observed leaving a bar, but then speed, fail to use a turn signal or swerve in the road, the police officer probably is within the law in conducting a traffic stop. From there, the police officer will make observations about you, including your appearance, if you smell like alcohol, your speech patterns, and may decide to have you perform field sobriety tests or a preliminary breath test.
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