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Governor Whitmer vetoes OWI expungement law

Marquette County’s chief prosecutor supports Governor Whitmer’s veto of a bill to expunge the records of first-time convicted drunk drivers.

Matt Wiese is also head of the state prosecutors’ association. He says expunging a drunk-driving offense minimizes the seriousness of the crime.

“If they drive home and don’t get caught, that’s fine in their mind. But what we know about drunk driving is that statistically, people that are arrested for drunk driving have, on average, driven drunk at least 200 times in the past.”

Wiese adds the records of first-time offenders are automatically expunged five years after they finish probation.