Court of Appeals Rules Against Support Dogs for Adults in Trials in People v. Shorter

The appearance of support dogs in court has become more and more common. The idea is for the dogs to provide comfort to people who are scared or stressed to testify in public. The most common area for the dogs are for the complainant (the person accusing the defendant of the crime) in sex crime cases. This leads to the question: How does the jury see the dogs? Might the jury be prejudiced into believing the complainant over […]

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What Does Open Carry Mean in Michigan?

Open-carry is the ability of people to openly carry a firearm in Michigan. Where Can I Find the Authority for This? There is no specific law allowing open-carry of guns. There just simply is not a law against it. Open carry is the opposite of concealed. The firearm must be seen – such as in a holster. The Firearm Must Be in The Open You may only carry a concealed firearm if you have a concealed pistol license. […]

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Will An Expungement Help Me Get a Concealed Pistol License (CPL)?

Do you have an old conviction that’s holding you back from getting your concealed pistol license? Many criminal convictions will prevent you from getting a CPL, described more below. If you do then it’s time for an expungement. An expungement is the legal process to make it as if the conviction did not happen. Why Do Criminal Convictions Prevent You from Getting a CPL? All felonies will prevent you from getting a concealed weapons license. The only way […]

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Can You Be Convicted of Drinking and Driving When You’re Under .08?

We all know the legal limit for drinking and driving is .08. Let’s say you’re under .08 and pulled over by the police while driving. Will this prevent you from going to jail? The .08 Number Driving with a blood alcohol content of over .08 is against the law in Michigan. The law presumes that a person with a BAC of .08 or over is intoxicated. It doesn’t matter if the person is driving perfectly – if you’re […]

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Michigan May See Legal Weed with Vote in November

Michigan voters will officially go to the polls November 6th to vote on legal weed. What Will the New Law Allow? In November, a ballot initiative will include the following new laws: People 21 and over can possess and use marijuana. A person can have up to 2.5 ounces in public. but may keep up to 10 ounces at home. Marijuana could not be used in public. Marijuana would no longer be tied to medicine. Anyone (21 and […]

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Slow Roll Out for New Medical Marijuana Dispensary Law

Almost a year and a half after the passing of the Medical Marijuana Licensing Facilities Act and not one license for a dispensary has been issued. Why not? The approaching deadline for getting an existing dispensary to get a license or shut down is June 15 of this year. The Director for the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation has said this is basically because of how much rules and structure were needed to be put in place before […]

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Michigan Moves Closer to Preventing Dog Breed-Specific Regulations Usually Aimed at Pit Bulls

The Michigan State Senate voted yesterday to prevent cities from banning dog breed-specific ordinances. There are 30 Michigan cities with dog breed-specific ordinances. The ordinances mainly regulate pit-bulls. Twenty other states prohibit dog breed-specific regulation. Michigan Cities With Breed-Specific Regulation There about 30 Michigan cities with specific dog laws on the books. For example, Grosse Pointe Woods ban the 4 dog breed types generally regarded as pit bulls. Orchard Lake and Sylvan Lake also ban pit bulls without […]

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Roid Rage: Driving Under the Influence of Anabolic Steroids

Anabolic steroids are controlled substances in Michigan. This means it is possible to be charged with driving under the influence of anabolic steroids. Roid Rage = Road Rage = DUI? Roid rage is the idea that people who take anabolic steroids are prone to increased combativeness and aggressiveness. The actual science behind this is spotty, but there is anecdotal evidence and the idea persists. Could a driver who takes steroids and gets in a road rage incident be […]

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Michigan Becomes First State to Make the Anti-depressant Tianeptine Sodium a Controlled Substance

Today Michigan signed a new law making the anti-depressant tianeptine sodium into a schedule 2 controlled substance. Tianeptine sodium was previously unlisted as a controlled substance in any state or on the federal level. What is Tianeptine Sodium? Tianeptine sodium is used as an anti-depressant drug. It is considered an atypical anti-depressant, which means it does not work like your average anti-depressant, such as Prozac. Tianeptine acts by producing opioid-like effects which create a euphoric feeling. Why Was […]

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Assault with Self-Defense Spray

Assault with a self-defense spray or foam is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years in prison, a $2,000 fine, or both. The law instructs judges to consider enhancing a person’s sentence where there is an assault or threat of use of self-defense spray. A person may use self-defense spray in self-defense, which is discussed below. What is Self-Defense Spray? Self-defense spray is a device which uses as a projectile a chemical solution which includes; Not more […]

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