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Country singer Michael Ray facing DUI and drug charges

On Dec. 20, it was reported that an up-and-coming country music artist was taken into custody in Florida after he was accused of drunk driving and being in possession of drugs. The singer, known as Michael Ray, reportedly got into a minor car accident in the drive-thru of a McDonald's in Eustis.

The minor incident occurred at about 4:00 a.m. when the singer's 2012 orange Jeep hit a 2016 blue Scion that was in front of him. When authorities arrived at the scene of the accident, the singer told them that his foot had slipped from the brakes. However, authorities reported that the singer had slurred speech, smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes. He reportedly told authorities that he had been at a bar just a few miles out of Eustis.

After refusing to consent to a breathalyzer test, authorities searched his person and recovered a glass bottle that contained what the singer said was weed oil. He was taken into custody at Lake County Jail before being released on $6,000 bond the same day.

Those who are taken into custody and accused of being in possession of drugs could face a jail sentence, lose their jobs and be required to pay expensive fines and fees. Even those who are facing charges after being accused of being involved in drug crimes have the right to challenge those charges. A criminal law attorney may open a separate investigation into the case to review each step the authorities took when taking a person into custody and placing the charges. In some cases, the attorney may try to have some evidence kept out of the trial if authorities did not follow proper procedures when searching a person or a vehicle.


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