Where Were Drivers Arrested for DUIs in Washtenaw County in 2017?

We can tell where drivers were arrested for operating while intoxicated by looking at the arrest statistics by police departments. Below is a breakdown of the arrest statistics by police departments in Washtenaw County for 2017. Many of the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department arrests will be in Ypsilanti Township, as the department patrols the township. The Sheriff can also of course patrol other areas throughout Washtenaw County. The Michigan State Police arrest many drivers mainly on the highways […]

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First Time Minor in Possession Now a Civil Infraction

An outdated law sees a big change in the new year. For so long a minor in possession has been a misdemeanor charge. The law has now changed so that a first-offense minor in possession is a civil infraction. This means a first-offense minor in possession will no longer be a crime. What is Minor in Possession? A minor in possession is where a person under the age of 21 possesses alcohol or has any bodily alcohol content. […]

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How Can I Help My Attorney?

How Can I Help My Attorney? Many clients ask me what they can do while their case is pending. For the client the case is part of their life and being proactive helps control the outcome. Write Down Everything You should take notes on everything that’s happened but keep the notes to yourself until your lawyer requests them. These notes should include anything related to events in question, your relationship with people involved, and the police investigation. There […]

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Federal Judge Stops Driver’s License Suspensions for Unpaid Fines

A federal judge has issued an order stopping the Michigan Secretary of State from suspending the driver’s licenses of persons with outstanding traffic fines. This is a win for Michigan residents who struggle to pay off traffic debts and whose licenses are suspended because they are unable to pay fines. There are about 100,000 people in Michigan with a suspended license. While a driver’s license in Michigan is a privilege, the consequences for not having a license is […]

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The Drinking and Driving Statute

This page is an overview of the statute governing Operating While Intoxicated (drinking and driving, DUI, etc) laws. MCL 257.625. This article outlines the law in the order it was written, which is not necessarily the most straightforward way to read it. Definition of Operating While Intoxicated A person, regardless of driver’s license status, may not operate a vehicle while intoxicated on; A highway, A place open to the general public An area designated for the parking of […]

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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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