Police Can Take Blood From Unconscious DUI Suspects Without Warrant, Rules Supreme COurt

When police pull over someone for a DUI, they will ask the driver to take a test for alcohol. What happens if the police find the driver passed out? In Mitchell v. Wisconsin, The Supreme Court ruled that police generally do not need a warrant for a blood draw on an unconscious DUI suspect. This is because situations with unconscious DUI suspects generally require increased responsibilities for police and prevent them from immediately getting warrants. There may some […]

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Ohio Doctor Accused of Killing 25 Patients by Fentanyl Overdose

Dr. William Husel was charged with the murder of 25 patients over the course of four years in Franklin County, Ohio. He is accused of prescribing high doses of fentanyl to chronically ill patients. He prescribed anywhere from 500 mg-2000 mg of fentanyl to a patient at a time. Dr. Husel’s attorney states his client’s intent was not to euthanize his patient’s, but to provide them with pain relief. The prosecutor, Ron O’Brien, states these doses of fentanyl […]

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Will Michigan Create a Legal Limit for Marijuana and Driving?

Everyone knows the legal limit for drinking and driving is .08. Could a limit be established for marijuana and driving? With marijuana’s newfound legal status, there is a lot of attention on enforcement of drugged driving cases. Proposed Law A new proposed law would create a legal limit for marijuana at 5 nanograms. This means a person would be legally intoxicated by marijuana if there were 5 nanograms of THC in their blood while driving. The law would […]

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Rape Conviction Overturned at West Point

Jacob D. Whisenhunt was convicted of 3 counts of sexual assault against a fellow female cadet. He was convicted to 21 years in prison and dishonorably discharged from the service. After the conviction had been over turned he had served 25 months. The alleged incident occurred while the two were on field training. The accuser states she was raped while in her sleeping bag. This occurred only feet away from their fellow comrades. She states she woke up […]

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Is Drugged Driving on the Rise in Washtenaw County?

Drugged driving – driving while under the influence of drugs rather than alcohol – has received a lot of recent attention from law enforcement. In 2017, a pilot program for a roadside saliva drug test was tested in five counties. This program involved the use of a quick drug test designed to see if a driver had certain drugs in their system. The test is similar to a preliminary breath test for alcohol. The test gives the police […]

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Oakland California Becomes Second City to Decriminalize Hallucinogenic Drugs

About a month after Denver became the first U.S. city to decriminalize the use of psilocybin mushrooms, Oakland, California, moved to decriminalize the possession and use of all natural hallucinogenic drugs. New Legal Status for Hallucinogenic Drugs in Oakland The Oakland, California, city council moved to make the investigation and enforcement against possession and use of natural hallucinogens to be the lowest police enforcement priority. So while not technically legal, at least Oakland police officers are uninterested in […]

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Can You Get In Trouble For Leaving a Child in a Car?

Yes, while people would rarely intend to leave a child in a car, it is a crime to do so under certain circumstances. These types of cases are popping up in the media more and more now. What’s the Law It is a misdemeanor to leave a child in a car unattended for a period of time that poses an unreasonable risk of harm or injury. This is punishable by up to 93 days in jail, fines, or […]

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MSP to Crackdown on Aggressive Driving This Summer

A new enforcement campaign by the Michigan State Police will focus on aggressive driving. So slow down and take it easy out there to avoid tickets! What Are Police Looking For? The enforcement focuses on aggressive driving, which can include; Careless Driving Reckless Driving Improper Lane Use Failure to Yield Where is This Enforcement? The Michigan State Police Crackdown will focus on the stretch on I-94 between Jackson and Taylor. This is about a 65 mile stretch of […]

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Federal Court Ruling May Give New Relief for University Students Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Universities and colleges around the country are under pressure to handle claims of sexual misconduct against students. Schools now create legalistic-procedures to deal with these claims. There is no prescribed form these procedures must take. Many critics of this system claim there is inherent unfairness to the student who stands of accused of sexual assault or harassment. In the last year, there has been a flurry of legal challenges to the policies and procedures for handling sexual misconduct. […]

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Michigan to Revise Sex Offender Registration Act

Michigan legislators are ordered to revise the Sex Offender Registry Act (SORA) within 90 days. This comes according to an agreement between the State and those who sued the State arguing SORA is unconstitutional. Three years ago, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a federal judge’s decision that SORA is unconstitutional. Essentially, the Court ruled that SORA increased the penalties for a crime after the person has been convicted and sentenced. What is the Sex Offender Registration […]

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