Learn About DUIs in our AYL Articles

Here are some articles to answer all your DUI questions: Is there any place where you could legally drink and drive? The operating while intoxicated statute tells us where you cannot drive while intoxicated, but is there any place you could legally drink and drive? Read our article on Can I Drink and Drive in My Own Driveway? to answer these burning questions and more. Self-driving cars? Flying Cars? The cars of the future may be closer than […]

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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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Court Upholds Police Practice of Pulling Over Uninsured Drivers Based on LEIN Info

The Court of Appeals said police may pull over cars that the Law Enforcement Information Network shows has no insurance. This is from People v. Mazzie. What Happened in the Case The case was based on a traffic stop made by Monroe City Police Officers. The officers stopped the car because the Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) showed that the vehicle had no insurance. Defendant was a front seat passenger in the car. Police later found cocaine in […]

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Inhalants: Use, Effects, and Dangers

Inhalants refer to solvent chemicals and aerosols that people inhale to get high. The chemicals can be found in household products, such as gasses, glues, coolants, and paints. Inhalant are commonly used by younger people, who may be unable to obtain drugs and alcohol but have easy access to such products. Although the types of chemicals that can be used are diverse, they all have two things common. First, the chemicals can be inhaled in gas form. And […]

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Can a DUI be Dismissed?

A DUI can be dismissed – but we must put in some work first. How to Get a DUI Dismissed Many clients have this image of the defense lawyer rolling into court and speaking with the prosecutor in the backroom. They believe all the defense lawyer must do is explain to the prosecutor why the evidence against the client isn’t strong, and the case is dismissed. The reality is the prosecutor will not simply dismiss the case because […]

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Universities Must Allow Cross Examination in “he-said she-said” Sex Misconduct Cases, Court Says

Colleges must provide an opportunity for cross examination in sexual misconduct cases where credibility of the parties is the main issue. This was the opinion of the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals when it found in favor of a college student accused of sexual misconduct. You can read the full case here. This case will have a great impact on the way colleges in Michigan conduct sexual misconduct hearings. What Happened in the Case John Doe and […]

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What is a Drug Recognition Expert?

A Drug Recognition Expert is a police officer trained to determine whether a driver is impaired by drugs. The science behind what Drug Recognition Experts do is flimsy to say the least. The officer is supposed to run a battery of tests on the driver to determine: Whether the person’s ability to drive is impaired and, Which type of drug has caused the impairment if unknown. The officer may believe a driver is impaired by drugs but not know […]

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What Happens in a Domestic Assault Case

If you’re reading this article either you or someone close has been charged with domestic assault. This is an overview of the law and your options in a domestic assault case. What is an Assault and Battery? This is how I explain an assault and battery to people. A battery is when I punch someone. An Assault is when I threaten to punch someone and have the present ability to carry out the threat, or a tried to […]

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Recent Court of Appeals Cases

Here is snapshot of several recent Michigan Court of Appeals cases. People v. Edwards: The Court vacated a conviction for lying to a police officer in an operating while intoxicated case. The Court based its opinion on the officer’s failure to inform the Defendant he was under investigation for a drinking and driving offense. Although an unpublished opinion, the reasoning is important for OWI cases. People v. Mazzie: In this published opinion, the Court ruled that officers may […]

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New Rules for Marijuana Edibles: Did Your Favorite Food Make the Cut?

Which marijuana edibles will be allowed under the new medical marijuana rules? Non-refrigerated edibles are allowed. Foods that require refrigeration will not be. Why is that? Refrigerated foods tend to produce unhealthy microorganisms – that’s why they need refrigeration to keep the toxins in check. These new rules are a part of the new Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, which governs the expanded medical marijuana industry in Michigan. The list below shows what can and cannot be sold […]

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