Could Michigan Lower Its Legal Limit to .05?

Lawmakers in Michigan have introduced proposed legislation that would lower the legal limit from .08 to .05. Utah recently became the first state to lower its legal limite to .05. It is currently against the law to drive after drinking when a person has a .08 blood alcohol content. Many safety groups are unsatisfied with the .08 amount. What Would This Mean Legally Speaking? Right now, it is against the law to drive with a blood alcohol content […]

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Smoking Medical Marijuana Finally Legalized in Florida

After a long political journey, medical marijuana patients in Florida may legally light up. What Does the New Law Allow? Medical Marijuana patients can now obtain 2.5 oz of whole flower cannabis every 35 days and smoke it. Those younger than 18 can smoke if they have a terminal condition and have approval from their pediatrician. What’s Next for Marijuana in Florida? Republican Senator, Jeff Brandes, states the legalization of recreational marijuana use is on the horizon. He […]

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Congress Discusses Requiring Cars to Have Ignition Interlock Devices

Technology is always changing our lives, for better or worse. Congress recently held a hearing to discuss whether every car should be equipped with a device to measure if a driver has been drinking. Safety advocates strongly encourage such a move, but the reality of this seems very far away. What Would This Mean? These safety advocates would want to see an ignition interlock device in every car. An ignition interlock device is technology where a driver blows […]

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What is Felony-Firearm?

Felony-firearm is the offense of carrying a firearm during the commission of a felony. The penalties are steep. Penalties for a Felon-Firearm Conviction A felony-firearm conviction results in a mandatory minimum incarceration of two years in prison. A second felony-firearm conviction results in a mandatory minimum of 5 years imprisonment. A third or subsequent conviction means a mandatory minimum of ten years. The mandatory minimum sentence is consecutive and in addition to a conviction for another felony, including […]

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California Suspends Death Penalty

The governor of California has suspended the death penalty, at least for the time he is in office. Currently, there are 737 inmates on death row in California. This is the largest amount of prisoners on death row for any state in the country. The prisoners will not be executed on death row during the governor’s term. The method of killing inmates, lethal injection, has been eliminated. In addition, the execution chamber has been shut down in San […]

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Supreme Court Ruling Could Limit Fines in Criminal Cases

A big ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court today could signal changes for the justice system. In Timbs v. Indiana, the Supreme Court ruled that State may not impose excessive fines in criminal cases. This means if the government imposes fines or fees for a convictions, those fines or fees must be proportionate to the offense. In this case, the the State of Indiana had seized a defendant’s $40,000 car upon conviction for a crime where he was […]

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Use of Roadside Saliva Drug Tests Will Expand Statewide

Police are expanding the use of a roadside saliva test statewide for drivers suspected to be under the influence of drugs. This expanded use of the test coincides with the legalization of recreational marijuana. The roadside saliva test began as part of a one-year pilot program in five Michigan counties. Roadside Saliva Tests These saliva tests are similar to the preliminary breath test (PBT) given to drivers suspected of drinking alcohol. A positive test will give the police […]

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Civil Asset Forfeiture in Michigan May Come Soon

Michigan is moving closer to reforming civil asset forfeiture following arrests. In Michigan, the police may keep seized property during an arrest. This has become a tool for funding police departments. Currently, police can keep seized property even when the person is not charged with a crime or is later found not guilty. The new law would stop civil asset forfeiture for amounts of property under $50,000 unless the person is actually convicted of a crime. What is […]

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Police Officer Acquitted after Shooting and Killing of Antwon Rose

In June of 2018 Antwon Rose II was shot and killed by a white police officer, Michael Rosfeld. Rosfeld stopped a car that had been identified in a drive-by shooting. After the car was pulled over Antwon fled from the car. Rosfeld shot him three times, including one time in the back. Antwon was without a weapon when he was shot and was not a threat to the officer. Rosfeld stated he thought the 17 year old had […]

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Sexual Assault and Harassment Occurring in the Air

A cramped airplane is the last place you think a sexual assault would occur, but unfortunately, they happen more than you would think. New Laws Designed to Protect Airplane Passengers A sexual misconduct task force bill was reauthorized by the Federal Aviation Administration. Airlines have stated they have no tolerance for sexual harassment or assault in the workplace for their employees or for their passengers. Several high profile cases have lead to this bill. A sleeping passenger was […]

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