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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What is a Drug Recognition Expert?

A Drug Recognition Expert is a police officer trained to determine whether a driver is impaired by drugs. The officer to run a battery of tests on the driver to determine Whether the person’s ability to drive is impaired and, Which type of drug has caused the impairment if unknown. The officer may believe a driver is impaired by drugs but not know which type of drug has caused impairment. The driver’s blood sample will be tested by […]

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Can a Cop Search My Car if it Smells Like Weed?

Yes, the smell of marijuana gives a police officer probable cause to search a vehicle. The Law The Fourth Amendment provides that police officers need a warrant to conduct a search. There is an exception for the searches of cars, however. Under this warrant exception, a police officer can search a vehicle if there is probable cause to believe a crime has been committed or is being committed. In the case of People v. Kazmierczak, the Michigan Supreme Court […]

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What is Felon in Possession of a Firearm?

Possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a felony is a felony itself. Anyone convicted of a crime who wishes to possess a gun should read the below law carefully. When this article says “possess,” that refers to the possession, use, sale, transport, purchase, ship, carry, receive, or distribute a firearm or ammunition (basically anything related to the firearm is to be avoided). Be sure to read the definition of “felony” and “specified felony” at the […]

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Whatever Happened to the California Man Charged with a Caffeine DUI?

In California last year a man was charged with driving under influence. The only substance in his system – caffeine. The police officer observed erratic and reckless driving, and believed the man to be under the influence of drugs when the man was amped up and agitated. A drug test came back negative for all substances except caffeine. The prosecution refused to drop the charges for almost a year, convinced the man must have been under the influence […]

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Prescription Medication DUIs

The operating while intoxicated laws make it possible to be charged for driving under the influence of your prescription medications, even if a physician prescribed the medicine to you. The Law The OWI law makes it a crime to drive under the influence of a controlled substance (non-schedule I). The phrase “under the influence” means your ability to drive was substantially lessened by the substance. There is no amount of the drug that will make you legally intoxicated […]

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What Happens in a Domestic Assault Case

If you’re reading this article either you or someone close has been charged with domestic assault. This is an overview of the law and your options in a domestic assault case. What is an Assault and Battery? This is how I explain an assault and battery to people. A battery is when I punch someone. An Assault is when I threaten to punch someone and have the present ability to carry out the threat, or a tried to […]

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Can I Drink And Drive In My Own Driveway?

In A Few Words No, drinking and driving in your own driveway is against the law, with a possible exception discussed below. Background This rule comes from the Michigan Supreme Court case of People v. Rea. The Court found that even a private driveway falls under the drunk driving statute. In this case, Defendant Gino Rea drove his car out of his garage but was stopped by a police officer in the upper part of his driveway next to […]

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Sniffing Glue, Intoxication, and Driving Under the Influence

In Michigan, it is against the law to operate a vehicle while intoxicated by an inhalant such as glue, paint, or other chemical agent. What is an Inhalant? A solvent chemical absorbed into the body through inhalation (huffing) is an inhalant. Solvents are chemical agents often found in everyday household products. Such chemicals include benzene, toluene, chloroform, Freon, methanol, and other coolants, glues, and paints. The Law A person may not operate a vehicle while under the influence […]

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