Inhalants: Use, Effects, and Dangers

Inhalants refer to solvent chemicals and aerosols that people inhale to get high. The chemicals can be found in household products, such as gasses, glues, coolants, and paints. Inhalant are commonly used by younger people, who may be unable to obtain drugs and alcohol but have easy access to such products. Although the types of chemicals that can be used are diverse, they all have two things common. First, the chemicals can be inhaled in gas form. And […]

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Can a DUI be Dismissed?

A DUI can be dismissed – but we must put in some work first. How to Get a DUI Dismissed Many clients have this image of the defense lawyer rolling into court and speaking with the prosecutor in the backroom. They believe all the defense lawyer must do is explain to the prosecutor why the evidence against the client isn’t strong, and the case is dismissed. The reality is the prosecutor will not simply dismiss the case because […]

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Universities Must Allow Cross Examination in “he-said she-said” Sex Misconduct Cases, Court Says

Colleges must provide an opportunity for cross examination in sexual misconduct cases where credibility of the parties is the main issue. This was the opinion of the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals when it found in favor of a college student accused of sexual misconduct. You can read the full case here. This case will have a great impact on the way colleges in Michigan conduct sexual misconduct hearings. What Happened in the Case John Doe and […]

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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 science behind what Drug Recognition Experts do is flimsy to say the least. The officer is supposed 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 […]

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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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Recent Court of Appeals Cases

Here is snapshot of several recent Michigan Court of Appeals cases. People v. Edwards: The Court vacated a conviction for lying to a police officer in an operating while intoxicated case. The Court based its opinion on the officer’s failure to inform the Defendant he was under investigation for a drinking and driving offense. Although an unpublished opinion, the reasoning is important for OWI cases. People v. Mazzie: In this published opinion, the Court ruled that officers may […]

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New Rules for Marijuana Edibles: Did Your Favorite Food Make the Cut?

Which marijuana edibles will be allowed under the new medical marijuana rules? Non-refrigerated edibles are allowed. Foods that require refrigeration will not be. Why is that? Refrigerated foods tend to produce unhealthy microorganisms – that’s why they need refrigeration to keep the toxins in check. These new rules are a part of the new Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, which governs the expanded medical marijuana industry in Michigan. The list below shows what can and cannot be sold […]

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Updated Law Helps People Keep Their Criminal Record Clean After an Arrest

An updated Michigan law helps people keep their criminal record clear. A Little Background First When a person is arrested, the record of that arrest and the person’s fingerprints is sent to the Michigan State Police. The arrest record goes on the person’s criminal record. The arrest portion of the record could only be destroyed when a person received a not guilty verdict at trial. (Certain plea bargains seals a person’s record too). This left a gap in […]

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State of Marijuana: Detroit Caps Dispensaries, The Good and the Bad from the Court of Appeals

Medical Medical marijuana law moves fast in Michigan. Here is a snapshot of the latest news. Detroit Puts Cap on Dispensaries Detroit decided it will allow only 75 dispensaries to operate in the city. Dispensaries and processors are allowed in all industrial and business areas. The areas include midtown and downtown. There are currently 62 dispensaries in business. Those dispensaries must obtain a license by September 15th or risk being shut down. However, the state itself has been […]

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Updated Law Protects Drivers From Old Unfair Traffic Tickets

Today a new law goes into effect that will protect drivers from an unfair traffic ticket that was on the books for decades. The Old Law Michigan law requires a car’s license plate to be clearly visible. A police officer could pull you over and write a ticket where your license plate is even partially unreadable. MCL 257.225(2). This means a police officer could pull over a driver whenever a car has some sort of attachment, such as […]

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