People v. Raper: Court of Appeals Rules on “Interrogation” in Custodial Interrogation

In the case of People v. Raper, the Court of Appeals discusses the interrogation aspect of custodial interrogation as it relates to Miranda warnings. The Facts The Defendant in this case was convicted at a jury trial of first degree murder, carjacking, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. The Defendant was arrested in Muskegon for an alleged crime in Monroe County. After he was arrested, Monroe detectives picked him up from Muskegon and […]

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Yellow Lights and Traffic Law

Knowledge is power and understanding the traffic laws helps avoid traffic tickets. Know how to deal with yellow lights? This article discusses the law regarding traffic and yellow lights. Steady Yellow Lights A steady yellow means a solid yellow light, as opposed to a blinking yellow light. When you come to an intersection with a steady yellow light you are supposed to stop if you stop safely. However, you may go through the intersection cautiously if you are […]

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People v. Roark: Court of Appeals Makes Ruling on Miranda and Custodial Environment

The Court of Appeals discussed custodial interrogation in regards to Miranda warnings in the case of People v. Roark. The Defendant in this case was convicted after a jury trial of possession of cocaine, less than 25 grams. The Defendant appealed her conviction. Prior to trial, Defendant had filed a motion to suppress statements made to police. On appeal, the Defendant argued the trial court should have granted this motion because the statements were made without advice of […]

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People v. Solmonson: OWI and Operation Case

The Court of Appeals took up the issue of a person sleeping in a car and charged with drunk driving in the case People v. Solmonson. Defendant Solmonson was convicted at trial of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicating liquor, third offense, as well as driving on a suspended license and possession of an open intoxicant. The Facts In this case, the police found the Defendant unconscious in his car, and with an open beer […]

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People v. Miller: Multiple Punishments for OWI Offenses?

In the Michigan Supreme Court case of People v. Miller, the Court held that punishments for convictions for both operating while intoxicated and operating while intoxicated causing serious impairment of a body function violated the double jeopardy provision for multiple punishments. The legislature did not intend for there to be a person to receive multiple punishments for operating while intoxicated and operating while intoxicated causing serious impairment. Facts of the Case The facts of the case are straightforward. […]

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Canton Criminal Defense Attorney

Canton Criminal Defense Attorney Located a short distance from Canton, ArborYpsi Law has represented hundreds of clients in the 35th District Court. Criminal Defense We represent clients on: Traffic Tickets Domestic Assaults Retail Fraud DUI & OWI ArborYpsi Law defends clients from DUI charges. Read our articles for more information. What To Do When Pulled Over for a DUI What To Do After a DUI Arrest DUI Case Steps DUI Penalties Keep Convictions Off Your Record Most people […]

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Montana Supreme Court Decides Whether an Inhalant Chemical is a Drug for a DUI

In State of Montana v. Pinder, the Montana Supreme Court case took up the issue of whether a chemical inhaled to get high is a “drug” under the driving under the influence law. What Happened in the Case The facts of the case are simple. Mr. Pinder was arrested for driving while intoxicated by a chemical known as DFE, which stands for 1,1-Difluoroethane. DFE is found in refrigerant-based propellants used in cleaning products for electrical equipment such as keyboards. […]

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People v. Pace: Moving Violation Causing Serious Impairment of Body Function

In People v. Pace, the Court of Appeals discusses the criminal intent necessary for a conviction of a charge of moving violation causing serious impairment of a body function to another person. The Court concluded that a defendant must be negligent for a conviction, only that the defendant committed the moving violation. Basic Facts The Defendant made a left-hand turn and struck a pedestrian, causing the pedestrian to suffer a head trauma that left him disabled. He was […]

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People v. Jeffrey Williams: “Open” v. “Indecent” Exposure

The Michigan Court of Appeals case of People v. Jeffrey Williams analyzes the question of whether in the misdemeanor of indecent exposure an “open exposure” occurs when only the defendant witnesses the exposure. This blog article will break down that questions. Michigan Indecent Exposure Law In Michigan, it is a misdemeanor for any person to knowingly make any open or indecent exposure of his or her person of another person. This misdemeanor can result in up to one […]

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Felony Animal Cruelty: Hurting or Killing an Animal

This article addresses the law relating to hurting an animal in some way under MCL 750.50b. There is also another law related to neglecting and abusing an animal in one’s own care. You can read the blog post on that animal cruelty law here. An animal is defined as a vertebrate other than a human being. A person may not do one of the following; Knowingly kill, torture, mutilate, maim, or disfigure an animal. Commit a reckless act […]

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