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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Michigan Methamphetamine Law

Earlier this month, several defendants were sentenced to federal prison as a result of the largest ever methamphetamine seizure in Michigan. The police seized about 20 pounds of pure meth stashed in hidden compartments in the defendants’ vehicle during a traffic stop in the town of Paw Paw. The meth was estimated to have a street value of half a million dollars.  The use of methamphetamine, also known as meth, crystal meth, or ice, has increased dramatically over […]

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Fleeing and Eluding

When you see the flashing red and blue lights in the rear-view mirror that means it’s time to pull over to the side of the road at the earliest opportunity. Increasing your speed, turning off your lights, or otherwise trying to escape a police or conservation officer lawfully directing you to stop is a felony in Michigan. This law applies to boats as well as motor vehicles. Read: Information on Criminal Charges in Michigan There are four degrees of […]

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