Congress Discusses Requiring Cars to Have Ignition Interlock Devices

Technology is always changing our lives, for better or worse. Congress recently held a hearing to discuss whether every car should be equipped with a device to measure if a driver has been drinking. Safety advocates strongly encourage such a move, but the reality of this seems very far away. What Would This Mean? These safety advocates would want to see an ignition interlock device in every car. An ignition interlock device is technology where a driver blows […]

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Supreme Court Ruling Could Limit Fines in Criminal Cases

A big ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court today could signal changes for the justice system. In Timbs v. Indiana, the Supreme Court ruled that State may not impose excessive fines in criminal cases. This means if the government imposes fines or fees for a convictions, those fines or fees must be proportionate to the offense. In this case, the the State of Indiana had seized a defendant’s $40,000 car upon conviction for a crime where he was […]

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Civil Asset Forfeiture in Michigan May Come Soon

Michigan is moving closer to reforming civil asset forfeiture following arrests. In Michigan, the police may keep seized property during an arrest. This has become a tool for funding police departments. Currently, police can keep seized property even when the person is not charged with a crime or is later found not guilty. The new law would stop civil asset forfeiture for amounts of property under $50,000 unless the person is actually convicted of a crime. What is […]

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Use of Roadside Saliva Drug Tests Will Expand Statewide

Police are expanding the use of a roadside saliva test statewide for drivers suspected to be under the influence of drugs. This expanded use of the test coincides with the legalization of recreational marijuana. The roadside saliva test began as part of a one-year pilot program in five Michigan counties. Roadside Saliva Tests These saliva tests are similar to the preliminary breath test (PBT) given to drivers suspected of drinking alcohol. A positive test will give the police […]

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Michigan Ends Medical Marijuana Licensing Board

Governor Whitmer is abolishing the board that approves or denies medical marijuana licenses in Michigan. In its place will be a new board – called the Marijuana Regulatory Agency – which will oversee applications from both recreational and medical marijuana license applications. The new board will go into effect on April 30, 2019. What Did the Old Marijuana Board Do? Previous to Michigan voters approving the sale and use of recreational marijuana, the board oversaw the applications for […]

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The U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear First Second Amendment Case in a Decade

The U.S. Supreme Court has not heard a Second Amendment gun rights case since District of Columbia v. Heller in 2008. The Court has now signaled they will a case which challenges a New York City ordinance which limits the ability of residents to carry guns within city limits. The Supreme Court has declined to hear many lower court appeals on gun rights cases since Heller. What Does the Ordinance Say? New York has a gun license called […]

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What Happens if You Refuse the Chemical Test After an OWI Arrest?

A person arrested for operating while intoxicated (DUI) will be given what’s called a chemical test. The purpose of a chemical test is to see if a person has alcohol or drugs in their system and how much. This chemical test will either be in the form of blowing into a machine at the police station or will be done through a blood draw. The test could be a urine test as well but that’s not common. When is […]

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Utah Lowers Legal Limit to .05.

Starting in the new year, Utah will be the first state to have a legal drinking and driving limit of .05. The previous limit in Utah was .08, which is the legal limit in Michigan and the rest of the country. How Much is .05? A .05 could be about three drinks. It all depends on the person. Either way, it’s less than .08, which is about 4 drinks. Either way, a BAC of.05 is less than .08, […]

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Will a DUI Prevent Me From Getting a CDL?

Yes, any driving under the influence conviction will make you ineligible for a commercial driver’s license. The length of ineligibility will depend on the type of DUI conviction. Any Driver’s License Suspension Leads to 36 Months of CDL Eligibility For starters, any type of driver’s license suspension or revocation will make you ineligible for a CDL for 36 months (3 years). Two of the most common DUI charges carry a driver’s license suspension. The standard DUI charge, operating […]

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What Does the New Marijuana Law Say?

Michigan voters have said yes to legal marijuana. What does this mean for you? What You Can Do A person over 21 can possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana. Not more than 15 grams of the marijuana can be in concentrate form. A person can use and consume marijuana. At home, a person can have up to 10 ounces of marijuana and 12 marijuana plants for personal use. A person over 21 may assist another person in […]

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