41-year-old Jeremy Tomlinson is currently facing a possible 10th DUI conviction. Tomlinson has struggled with alcoholism for years, despite participation in programs like Alcoholics Anonymous. No matter how many drunk driving convictions someone has faced, Michigan treats each one the same: as a five-year felony. Sadly, for people like Tomlinson, a system that treats alcoholism as a choice and not a disease perpetuates an endless circle of misery.
Derrick George, a Royal Oak lawyer specializing in impaired driving cases, has a solution. George refuses to represent clients who aren’t serious about pursuing sobriety. He recognizes the challenge of finding affordable rehabilitation programs but points out that incarceration is expensive. George emphasizes the need for affordable treatment options that serve all income levels. He hopes to mitigate Michigan’s current cycle of incarceration, impaired driving, and untreated alcoholism.
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