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The penalties associated with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be steep. They can be especially severe for a Michigan driver who is under the legal drinking age. A teenager was recently arrested in Oakland County for drunk driving and causing a police chase. A conviction could lead to penalties that could impact her right to drive, future educational opportunities and more.

Law enforcement attempted to initiate a suspected drunk driving traffic stop after an erratic driver was brought to their attention. She pulled over, but police noted the girl was in the passenger seat when they approached the vehicle. The reports state she had vomit on her shirt and was displaying signs that may indicate intoxication. She was asked to exit the vehicle, after which she fell to the ground.

At that point, she returned to her vehicle and moved to the driver’s seat. Leaving the scene of the traffic stop, she began driving erratically through residential areas. Police say she was speeding as she fled the scene and broke multiple traffic laws as well. At some point, she lost control of the vehicle and crashed.

A 17-year-old who is facing serious criminal charges needs effective and experienced defense counsel. With her entire adult life ahead of her, a bad choice does not have to define her future or permanently alter her choices going forward. Working with an experienced Michigan defense attorney can prove useful as she and her family work to develop a defense strategy that effectively confronts the case against her.