What Can Happen If I Refuse To Take A Breath Test After Drinking and Driving?

When a police officer stops a vehicle and believes the driver to be under the influence of alcohol the officer can ask the driver to take a preliminary breath test. This test involves the driver blowing into a portable device that measures the driver’s blood alcohol content. The results of the test can be used as the basis for the police officer to make an arrest for drunk driving. Refusal to take this test is a civil infraction, […]

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Jury Trial Win in Woodhaven

ArborYpsi law recently obtained a Not Guilty jury verdict in a domestic assault case. Every Domestic Assault Case Has a Story Every domestic assault case involves a detailed backstory. These cases do not happen in a vacuum. By the time the parties come to court, there is a history and a relationship the attorney must work to understand when taking the case. In this case, the parties were going through a rough divorce, with children involved. We represented […]

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Lansing, Jackson, and Ferndale Vote to Decriminalize City Marijuana Laws

The cities of Lansing, Jackson, and Ferndale voted yesterday to amend their city marijuana laws. Jackson and Ferndale voted to change their city ordinances so that the use, possession, and transfer of up to one ounce of marijuana on private property for individuals over the age of 21 would not be punishable under the city law. Lansing residents voted to update the city charter to preclude penalties for the use, possession and transfer of up to one ounce […]

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Strippers File Class Action Law Suit Against Several Detroit Strip Clubs

A class action law suit filed by strippers against several Detroit area strip clubs alleges that the club owners violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and state minimum wage laws. The suit contends that club owners were able to evade legal obligations under state employment laws by classifying dancers as independent contractors rather than as employees. Instead of being paid at least minimum wage for their services dancers were required to pay the club owners a set rate […]

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Traffic Stops in Kalamazoo Decline After Study Reveals Racial Profiling by Police

A study of traffic stops in Kalamazoo that showed racial profiling by police has resulted in a significant decline in stops and citations issued following the study’s public release. The study revealed that black drivers in Kalamazoo were more than twice as likely to be pulled over by a police officer than a white driver. Although black drivers were ultimately given less citations than white drivers, black drivers were more likely to be asked to exit their vehicles, […]

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Bill Would Expand Michigan Carrying Concealed Weapons Law

Michigan state lawmakers are considering several bills that would expand the ability of certain law enforcement officials to carry a concealed weapon. Currently, Michigan law prohibits people from carrying a concealed weapon in designated areas, known as weapons-free zones. These zones include bars, college campuses, day care centers, hospitals, houses of worship, large entertainment venues, schools, and sports stadiums. This prohibition does not apply to certain law enforcement officials, such as county correction officers, judges, police officers, and sheriff’s deputies. House […]

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What Criminal Convictions Will Disqualify Me From a Concealed Weapons License?

Many misdemeanors will make you ineligible for a CPL. Felony convictions will make you ineligible for a CPL and a loss of your gun rights. Certain felony convictions will require a gun rights restoration petition in the circuit court. Lost your CPL or gun rights from an old conviction? Get them back with an expungement or a gun rights restoration petition. Misdemeanors that Will Result in an 8 year Loss of CPL A conviction for any of the […]

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What is a Preliminary Examination?

A preliminary examination is a step in the criminal process in which the district court determines whether a defendant may be charged with a felony. A felony is a crime for which the potential punishment is over one year in prison, as opposed to a misdemeanor, which carries a maximum sentence of up to one year in jail. The preliminary examination, generally referred to as a prelim, involves a hearing in which the district court will determine two […]

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What is an Implied Consent Hearing?

Michigan’s Implied Consent Act requires that motorists who are arrested for drunk driving submit to a chemical test. Motorists in essence give “implied consent” to submit to a chemical test when afforded the privilege to drive in Michigan. A chemical test usually involves a person breathing into a machine called a DataMaster, which measures blood alcohol content. Refusal to submit to a chemical test will result in the confiscation and destruction of your driver’s license by the arresting […]

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Getting Drunk on a Train

Today is the 100th anniversary of the Drunkenness on Trains or Interurban Cars law. This law makes it illegal to be on a train while “in an offensive state of intoxication.” A conductor can arrest a drunk passenger and deliver him or her to a police officer at the nearest station. Although passengers may not bring their own booze on a train they can purchase it on board. The conductor may take any alcohol brought on the train. […]

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