Criminal Law and Procedure

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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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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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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Should I Take My Case To Trial?

Should I Take My Case to Trial? A criminal case can be resolved in one of two ways. The first way is through a plea or plea bargain. A plea bargain is where a person admits guilt to something in exchange for some sort of benefit in return. For example, a person charged with three crimes might plead guilty to one crime in exchange for dismissals of the other two crimes. In another example, a person might plead […]

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Marijuana and Driving Under the Influence

One of the most frequent questions I receive from medical marijuana patients is whether they can drive and smoke. I’ll answer that questions and make a prediction about the future of smoking marijuana and driving. Can a medical marijuana patient drive after smoking? Yes, so long as the patient is not under the influence of marijuana. A patient cannot smoke marijuana while in the act of driving or operating a vehicle. In general, a person (not a patient) […]

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Will Michigan See Legal Weed in 2018?

Legal Marijuana in Michigan? Voters next year may decide whether Michigan legalizes marijuana. A potential ballot initiative in 2018 would do the following, which would make it legal to own and use marijuana in Michigan and not just for medical purposes only. The Highlights Persons 21 and over can use and possess marijuana. In public, a person may possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana. No more than 15 grams may be marijuana concentrate. No marijuana use in public. […]

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Washtenaw County Begins New Roadside Saliva DUI Test

Police in Washtenaw County today will begin a new roadside saliva DUI test on drivers suspected of drug use. Drug Recognition “Experts” So-called “Drug Recognition Experts,” (DREs) will carry out the roadside saliva DUI test. A DRE is a police officer who is trained to evaluate a person for drug impairment. The validity of the drug recognition expert is far from settled. Police officials describe drug recognition as an established science. However, many criminal defense attorneys criticize the practice […]

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How to Get Your Driver’s License Back

3 Steps to Get a Driver’s License Back Once you’ve lost your driver’s license it is neither fun nor easy to get it back. ArborYpsi Law can help guide you through the process to get your driver’s license back. Preparation for the hearing and appearing before the hearing officer is essential. This article will give some tips and overview for the work ahead. It’s never too early to start the work. Once you’ve determined that you’re ready to take the […]

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What To Do After A DUI Arrest

The Arrest and immediate Aftermath Being arrested for a DUI can be a stressful experience. You’re pulled over, put through an investigation you don’t understand, and then arrested. The police let you out of jail the next morning ,and there’s no indication of what will happen next. Often, you may not even be notified of a court date for months down the road. For example, if there was a blood draw, the blood would be tested by the […]

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