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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Can I Get In Trouble Using a Drone?

Drones are more and more common now. But you could land in trouble for using them the wrong way. What Exactly is a Drone? The legal name for drones is “unmanned aircraft.” An unmanned aircraft is defined as aircraft flown by a remote pilot via a ground control system, or autonomously through use of an on-board computer, communication links, and any additional equipment that is necessary for the unmanned aircraft to operate safely. MCL 259.303 How Can I Get […]

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Michigan Says Yes to Legal Weed

In a historic vote the people of Michigan have chosen to make marijuana legal for recreational use. What is Allowed Those 21 and up can have up to 2.5 ounces of weed on them. They can have up to 10 ounces at home (must be locked up). People may grow up to 12 plants at home for personal use. What isn’t Allowed Lighting up in public will still be against the law. Importantly, driving under the influence of […]

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What is the Difference Between a DUI and an OWI?

Many people ask me what’s the difference between a DUI and an OWI. I don’t lessen any confusion because I use both acronyms a lot on my website. DUI stands for driving under the influence. OWI stands for operating while intoxicated. Both phrases mean the same thing, which is a term for the crime drinking and driving (or drugged driving). The phrase operating while intoxicated is the correct term from a legal standpoint. However, the phrase driving under […]

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Michigan to Vote on Legal Marijuana Soon

In less than two weeks Michigan voters will go to the polls and decide on legal marijuana. Less than ten years ago Michigan voters overwhelmingly approved medical marijuana. So we’ll see what happens this November 6. What Are We Voting on Exactly? Here is the language that you will see on the ballot when you go to vote: Proposal 18-1 A proposed initiated law to authorize and legalize possession, use and cultivation of marijuana products by individuals who are at […]

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What is a Plea Bargain?

A plea bargain is a deal between the prosecution and defendant. A plea bargain is where a person admits guilt in exchange for a benefit in return. There are two ways to resolve a criminal case – either through a plea or by challenge by defendant, such as motions or trial. A plea bargain is the most common type of resolution. This is because a plea bargain provides the defendant with certainty about the outcome and known benefits. […]

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What Drugs Do The Police Look For in a DUI Case?

When a person is arrested for driving under the influence, the person’s blood is drawn and analyzed by the Michigan State Police. The State Police are looking for alcohol and drugs. There are a lot of different kinds of drugs out there, and the blood cannot be analyzed for every single kind at once. So the blood is analyzed for a little over 50 different types of drugs. The blood will be further analyzed for other drugs only […]

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