Operating While Intoxicated by Fentanyl

Fentanyl is in the category of drugs known as opiates, drugs derived from opium. Drugs in this group include morphine, codeine, and heroin. These drugs act as painkillers. The drugs vary in terms of strength, but they all produce similar effects. For example, heroin has two to three times the strength of morphine. Fentanyl is about 75 times the strength of morphine. Some opiates can be thousands of times stronger than morphine. Fentanyl use has become common with […]

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People v. McBurrows: Getting Venue Right for Delivery Causing Death Case

In the case of People v. McBurrows, the Court of Appeals deal with a venue questions. The defendant was charged with delivery of fentanyl causing death. Before trial, Defendant raised the issue of whether the Monroe County Circuit Court was the correct venue for the trial. Venue means which court will hear the case. A criminal case must be tried in the correct court. The Facts in the Case The case itself was relatively straightforward. Two men went […]

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Driving Under the Influence of DFE

DUI cases involving DFE use are common. Read below to learn about DFE and operating while intoxicated. What is DFE? DFE is shorthand for the chemical 1,1-difluoroethane. Users of DFE most often find the chemical in the aerosol spray Dust-Off, which is a product used for cleaning electronic equipment such as keyboards and computers. What Are The Effects of DFE? DFE use can provide a short but intense euphoria. Side-effects of DFE use include disorientation, dizziness, loss of motor […]

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What is Disorderly Conduct?

We’ve all heard the phrase Disorderly Conduct but might not know what the crime is legally speaking. Legally known as disorderly persons, disorderly conduct most often refers to conduct that a person was intoxicated in public and endangering the safety of another person. Disorderly Conduct Legally Speaking For a person to be convicted of disorderly conduct, the prosecution must show the person was: Intoxicated (drunk or high) In public Endangering the safety of another person These are the […]

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Huffing DUIs: Operating While Intoxicated by Inhalants

In Michigan, you can be charged with operating while intoxicated from huffing inhalants, which the use of solvent chemicals (glues, paints, gasses, etc.) to get high. This article discusses fighting OWIs involving inhalant use. What is Huffing? Huffing is the inhalation of a solvent chemical to become intoxicated. These chemicals can be found in products such as paints, glues, and gasses. The chemicals are otherwise legal – it’s the use of the chemicals that is illegal. Furthermore, driving […]

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Michigan Hallucinogen Law

What are penalties for hallucinogen related charges in Michigan? Read below for the state drug charges for hallucinogen drugs. What is a Hallucinogen? A hallucinogen is a type of drug that can cause hallucinations, such as perceptual changes, significant subjective changes in consciousness, thoughts, and emotions. For the purposes of the penalties described in this article, hallucinogens specifically include the drugs LSD, mescaline, pscilocybin, psiloycn, peyote, and dimethyltyptamine. These drugs are all schedule 1 controlled substances. There are […]

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Driving Under the Influence by Inhalants

Inhalants are one of seven categories of drugs that Drug Recognition Experts look for in a driving under the influence evaluation. This article discusses the effects and signs of inhalant drug use. Inhalants are a category of substances that have little in common except they are all inhaled. Inhalants include paints, gasses, glues, Nitrites and Nitrous Oxide. Drug Recognition Experts are officers trained to determine if a driver is impaired by drugs. The Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) looks […]

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The Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act Will Shake Things Up in the Medical Marijuana World

Dispensaries will be the centerpiece of the new Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act. Dispensaries (technically called provisioning centers) will be able to sell medical marijuana to an unlimited number of patients. December 15 is the first date licenses for new medical marijuana industry positions can be obtained. Five New Marijuana Jobs The MMFLA creates five new marijuana industry roles. Marijuana Growers – People licensed to grow marijuana on a much larger scale than currently allowed. Licenses will be […]

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Dealing With Criminal Charges

Being charged with a crime is a stressful experience. All of sudden, there is uncertainty and anxiety about what will happen next. This article is an outline of the basic options a person has when charged with a crime. Two Ways to Resolve Your Criminal Case When you are charged with a crime, there are two ways that case can be resolved. You can resolve through a plea or a plea bargain, or it could resolve through a […]

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Civil Infractions For Firearms and Tasers

Protect your concealed pistol license. Know the law and prevent yourself from being in a situation where you face losing your CPL. The following is a list of state civil infractions that relate to firearms, pistols, and tasers. A civil infraction is not a crime. There are misdemeanors and felonies that relate to firearms as well. List of Civil Infractions Records of firearms may only be accessed and disclosed by authorized system users and peace officers, and only […]

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