Updated Law Helps People Keep Their Criminal Record Clean After an Arrest

An updated Michigan law helps people keep their criminal record clear. A Little Background First When a person is arrested, the record of that arrest and the person’s fingerprints is sent to the Michigan State Police. The arrest record goes on the person’s criminal record. The arrest portion of the record could only be destroyed when a person received a not guilty verdict at trial. (Certain plea bargains seals a person’s record too). This left a gap in […]

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State of Marijuana: Detroit Caps Dispensaries, The Good and the Bad from the Court of Appeals

Medical Medical marijuana law moves fast in Michigan. Here is a snapshot of the latest news. Detroit Puts Cap on Dispensaries Detroit decided it will allow only 75 dispensaries to operate in the city. Dispensaries and processors are allowed in all industrial and business areas. The areas include midtown and downtown. There are currently 62 dispensaries in business. Those dispensaries must obtain a license by September 15th or risk being shut down. However, the state itself has been […]

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Updated Law Protects Drivers From Old Unfair Traffic Tickets

Today a new law goes into effect that will protect drivers from an unfair traffic ticket that was on the books for decades. The Old Law Michigan law requires a car’s license plate to be clearly visible. A police officer could pull you over and write a ticket where your license plate is even partially unreadable. MCL 257.225(2). This means a police officer could pull over a driver whenever a car has some sort of attachment, such as […]

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What the Supreme Court Michigan Gun Owners Case Means For Your Gun Rights

The recent Michigan Supreme Court in Michigan Gun Owners v. Ann Arbor Public Schools frees school districts to make rules regarding guns on school grounds. The case involved two school districts, Ann Arbor and Clio, which ban the “open-carry” of guns on school grounds. Both school districts already allowed concealed weapons to the extent the law allowed. The school districts were sued because of this policy. What is “Open-Carry?” Michigan is what’s called an open-carry state. This means […]

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Protecting Your Gun Rights

Here are several ArborYpsi Law firearms law articles to will help you navigate your Second Amendment rights. Stay safe and know the law to protect yourself and your rights. Drinking and Your Concealed Pistol License Drinking and firearms don’t mix. A conviction for the the misdemeanor of carrying a firearm with a blood alcohol content of over .10 will result in revocation of your CPL. Carrying a gun with a BAC of .08 to .10 is also a […]

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School Districts May Ban Guns on School Grounds

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled today that school districts may ban firearms from school grounds. The Case This ruling comes from two cases, one involving the Ann Arbor school district and one involving the Clio school district, in Genessee County. Both school districts had a policy banning guns from their premises. Specifically, the policies do not allow “open-carry” weapons. The policies allowed for concealed weapons, though the law restricts concealed weapons on school grounds to in a car […]

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Nonsensical Medical Marijuana Opinion in People v. Mansour

In a somewhat illogical opinion, the Court of Appeals in People v. Mansour ruled that a person with recently-harvested wet marijuana does not have the protections of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. The decision makes it impossible for any marijuana grower to legally comply with the MMMA. What Happened in the Case The Troy police searched a home belonging to a medical marijuana caregiver. The search revealed 126 marijuana plants and 550 grams of marijuana buds that were […]

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Michigan Supreme Court Update

The Michigan Supreme Court released many new criminal law opinions this summer. Here is a snapshot of some of those opinions: People v. Smith A plea agreement prohibiting a defendant from running for public office violates public policy and will not be upheld. The case resulted from a state senator’s plea agreement to not run for office while on probation. Read our full article on the case of People v. Smith for more details. People v. Washington The […]

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Is It Against the Law to Drive After Huffing?

It is against the law in Michigan to drive after huffing if you are “under the influence” or impaired from huffing. It’s not against the law to drive after huffing if you’re not under the influence or impaired by the huffing. However, it is still against the law to huff an inhalant as a drug. Operating While Intoxicated by Huffing It is against Michigan law to operate while intoxicated by an intoxicating substance. What’s an intoxicating substance? An […]

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Can I Get a CPL With A DUI?

A DUI conviction will result in a suspension of your concealed pistol license. A DUI conviction will also prevent you from eligibility for a CPL if you don’t have a CPL already. How Long is the CPL Suspension for a DUI? Not all DUI convictions are treated the same for purposes of a CPL suspension. A conviction for operating while intoxicated is an 8-year CPL suspension. A conviction for operating while visibly impaired is a 3-year suspension. What’s […]

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