Model Glue Sniffing Ann Arbor City Ordinance

Ann Arbor has a city ordinance regulating the use of the glues used as inhalants to get high. The Ordinance The City of Ann Arbor has an ordinance on the books that states: No person shall inhale, drink, eat or otherwise introduce into his respiratory or circulatory system, any model glue as defined herein, with the intent of inducing intoxication, elation, a dazed condition, paralysis, irrationality, or in any manner distorting or disturbing the eyesight, thinking process, judgment, […]

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People v. Jones: Can Sex Between Married Couples Violate the Michigan Gross Indecency Law?

The Court of Appeals in People v. Jones tackled the issue of whether the Michigan Gross Indecency law applies to heterosexual intercourse between married couples. What Happened in the Case of People v. Jones The defendant was a prisoner in Jackson. Defendant and his wife (also a defendant) had sex in a full capacity public visiting room using their three minor children as physical shields for privacy. The defendants were bound over for trial following a preliminary examination. […]

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What Is a Schedule 4 Controlled Substance?

This article lists the Schedule 4 substances with a description of the drug. A Schedule 4 Substance is; A substance that has a low potential for abuse relative to substances in schedule 3. A substance that has currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse of the substance may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to the substances in schedule 3. Controlled Substances included in Schedule 4: Any material, compound, mixture, or […]

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People v. Nicolaides: Blood Alcohol Content v. Under The Influence

In the case of People v. Nicolaides, the Michigan Court of Appeals answered a long-standing question related to drunk driving trials at the time the case was decided. Although the issue is well-settled, the case is still important for drunk driving lawyers to understand when going to trial. The Issue The defendant was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of liquor, and with operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .10 […]

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What Are the Penalties For Drug Dealing?

The potential penalty for manufacturing drugs, dealings drugs, or possession with intent to distribute drugs depends on the type of drug and the amount of the drug involved. Schedule 1 or 2 Narcotics or Cocaine Less than 50 grams is a felony, punishable by; Up to 20 years in prison $25,000.00 fine, or both 50 – 450 grams is a felony, punishable by; Up to 20 years in prison $250,000.00 fine, or both 450 – 1,000 grams is […]

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What Happens When You Aren’t Read Your Miranda Rights?

I get many calls from people who say there were not read their Miranda rights when arrested. Many of these callers want to know the significance of this and how it may affect their case. What are Miranda Rights? We’ve all heard the Miranda rights recited on TV and most can people can probably recite them verbatim even though they have never been arrested. “You have the right to remain to silent. You have the right to an […]

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Illegal Drug Manufacture Laws in Michigan

Michigan has many laws aimed at disrupting the manufacture of drugs. The following laws and penalties all center around drug manufacturing. Some of these rules are aimed specifically at the manufacture of methamphetamine. MCL 333.7401c. In Michigan, a person may not; Own or possess a home, building, or car to be used as a place involved in manufacturing drugs or drug dealing activities. Own or possess any laboratory equipment or chemicals that a person knows or has reason […]

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Driving Under the Influence of Narcotic Painkillers

Narcotic Painkillers is one of seven categories of drugs that Drug Recognition Experts look for in a driving under the influence evaluation. This article discusses the effects and signs from use of narcotic painkillers drugs (called narcotic analgesics by DREs). The narcotic painkiller drugs include heroin, morphine, fentanyl, and codeine. Drug Recognition Experts are officers trained to determine if a driver is impaired by drugs. The Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) looks for signs of drug use and impairment […]

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Michigan Ketamine Laws

This article discusses the drug Ketamine and the law involving Ketamine, use, possession, and driving. What is Ketamine? Ketamine is a schedule II controlled substance in the drug category called dissociative anesthetics. Ketamine is used medically in situations where a person must receive anesthesia but cannot risk the depression of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems that results from the typical opiate analgesics. Ketamine is also frequently used as veterinarian anesthetic, commonly for horses. The “dissociative” label of the drug […]

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Three Common Questions for a Criminal Defense Attorney

As a criminal defense attorney I get asked all sorts of questions when someone calls me for the first time. In this article I’ll try to address some common questions that I receive. The Whole Case Seems Pretty Cut and Dry, Why Do I Need a Lawyer? Many people call me and say that what I do seems cut and dry, so why do they need a lawyer at all? When I speak with potential clients, I explain […]

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