People v. Lechleitner: The “Operating” in Operating While Intoxicated

In the case of People v. Lechleitner, the Court of Appeals focuses on the definition of “operate” in operating while intoxicated. Facts of the Case The Defendant Lechleitner drove with a blood alcohol content of .12. While he was driving, he lost control and stopped his vehicle. The truck was stopped in the middle of two lanes of the freeway. He turned off his headlights but put on his flashers. He opened the door of the truck to […]

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People v. Brown: Anabolic Steroids, Trenbolone, and Human v. Cattle Use

The Case of People v. Brown focuses on a statute regarding anabolic steroids. What Happened in the Case The Defendant in this case was a police officer. Defendant was being investigated for possible anabolic steroid use. The investigating officer contacted an inspector in the Postal Service Office to intercept any suspicious packages going to a P.O. Box owned by Defendant. A parcel was intercepted with the help of a federal search warrant. The parcel contained 1o packages of Finaplix-H, […]

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People v. Barbarich: OWI Stops Based on Tips from Other Drivers

The Michigan Supreme Court in People v. Barbarich tackled the issue of whether a traffic stop was justified when the only basis for the stop was a tip from an unnamed person who told a police officer a driver was being dangerous or reckless. The driver in this case was charged with operating while intoxicated. What Happened In the Case On St. Patrick’s Day, a Michigan State Trooper was out on patrol near a bar when he encountered […]

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Can I Get in Trouble for Sniffing Glue in Michigan?

It is against the law in Michigan to sniff glue to get high. State Law on Glue Sniffing Michigan Law prohibits a person from intentionally inhaling or smelling glue to produce intoxication or euphoria. Sniffing glue is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 93 days in jail, fines and court costs, or both. MCL 752.272. In addition to the state law, there are both City of Ann Arbor and City of Ypsilanti ordinances prohibiting the use of model […]

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How Should I Dress For Court?

People often ask me what they should wear to Court. Here’s how I respond: Dress to Impress Wear an outfit to Court that shows you are trying to dress to impress. Think to yourself, what could I wear that shows I’m taking this seriously? Your clothing choices can communicate a lot to the judge. It communicates you know to be respectful to the judge and the courtroom. When you take the time to wear nice clothing it shows […]

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People v. Boomer: The Case of the Cussing Canoeist

The Michigan Court of Appeals in the case of People v. Boomer struck down a hundred year-old law on the books that made using bad language in front of women and children a crime. What Happened in the Case The case took place on the Rifle River up in Arenac County, Michigan. Mr. Boomer was canoeing down the river when he fell into the water. Mr. Boomer let out a stream of profanities, slapped the water, and threw […]

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Plymouth Township v. Hancock: Disturbing the Peace with Loud Noises

The Michigan Court of Appeals in Plymouth Township v. Hancock refused to strike down an ordinance regulating loud noises that disturb of the peace. What Happened in the Case In this case, the Defendant allegedly unleashed a stream of profanities at his neighbor when she was on her lawn, on two separate occasions. The profanities were loud enough so others in the neighborhood could hear. Law at Issue The law in question was a Plymouth Township Ordinance, which […]

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Ann Arbor Dog Laws

The City of Ann Arbor has many rules regarding the ownership of dogs. This article outlines those rules. Violations of Ann Arbor Dog Laws The following acts are all civil infractions (with one exception noted below). A first offense is a fine of $25 to $500, and a second offense of certain violations below may come with an increase if a $50 to $500 fine: 1. The dog is at any time not under reasonable control. Reasonable control […]

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People v. Neal: Indecent Exposure Law

The Michigan Court of Appeals in the case of People v. Neal answered a pressing question related to the indecent exposure statute: Does the exposure have to be in a public place? The Court concluded that the indecent exposure statute does not require a person be in public for a conviction. What is Indecent Exposure? Michigan Law MCL 750.335a is the indecent exposure statute and lays out the penalties upon conviction. It is against the law for a […]

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People v. Brown: Michigan Gross Indecency Law

The Michigan Court of Appeals in People v. Brown discusses the Michigan Gross Indecency Law. In this case, the Court of Appeals affirms the rule that for a conviction under this law the gross indecency must be in public. What is Gross Indecency Law in Michigan? In this case, the defendants were charged with gross indecency between female persons, in addition to soliciting and accosting. The gross indecency between female law is MCL 750.338a. The law states that […]

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