Criminal Law and Procedure

Collection of Michigan Inhalant Law Articles

ArborYpsi Law has experience with many types of criminal cases. One focus of ArborYpsi Law has been on legal issues surrounding driving under the influence of inhalants, which are substances used by huffing. We have many articles on the topic. If you or a loved one is facing a charge related to DUI by inhalants or use of inhalants, the following articles can provide lots of information on the topic. Driving Under the Influence of Inhalants Blog Articles […]

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People v. Wood: Probable Cause, Warrantless Searches, and Whippets

The Court of Appeals published an interesting decision in People v. Wood in which they upheld the suppression of evidence from a drug case following a bad search. What Happened A police officer pulled the defendant for speeding. When the officer approached the car, he empty pill bottles and whippet canisters on the floor. A whippet canister contains the gas nitrous oxide, which is inhaled by people to get high. The officer did not observe the defendant to […]

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People v. Baham: Meth, Personal Use, and Double Jeopardy Case

In the case of People v. Baham, the Michigan Court of Appeals discusses manufacturing and possession charges for methamphetamine. Defendant plead guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine, operating or maintaining a methamphetamine laboratory, and possession of methamphetamine. At the plea hearing, the Defendant explained he had components and chemicals to make methamphetamine, and that he cooked or made methamphetamine. On appeal, the Defendant argued that he was not manufacturing because the meth was for personal use, and also that his […]

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Not Guilty in East Lansing Jury Trial

We recently won a Not Guilty verdict in a jury trial in East Lansing. Our Client was unfairly charged with assault and battery following a domestic dispute.  During the dispute, our client was pushed and she protected herself by punching the person back. When the cops came, however, she was the one charged with a crime. The client was shocked she had even been charged with a crime. The Prosecution repeatedly offered a plea bargain that would make […]

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Assault Case Dismissed

We recently obtained a complete dismissal of assault and battery charges for a client in a Downriver Court. This was a weird case.  Our client was involved in an ongoing dispute with a neighbor. The neighbor accused our client of hitting her child. The assault allegedly occurred during a storm in which there were strong winds. There was a video from a nearby surveillance camera. On video, it appeared the client was pushed by the wind into the […]

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Jury Trial Win: Assault and Battery

Our Client was charged with assault and battery following a nasty neighborhood dispute. Our Client and her Neighbor got into a disagreement about a timeless neighborhood issue: turning around in a neighbor’s driveway. This lead to a heated verbal altercation outside of my Client’s house. Following the altercation, the Neighbor told the police our Client pushed her in the back. My Client claimed she never touched the Neighbor. When we got to Court, our Client was offered a […]

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People v. Tackman, Horner: Medical Marijuana Cards and the Secretary of State

The Michigan Court of Appeals cases of People v. Tackman and People v. Horner discussed whether a caregiver loses the ability to be a caregiver after a felony conviction. The Ruling The Court ruled that the Michigan Secretary of State is not obligated to actively revoke a person’s medical marijuana caregiver card if the person is convicted of a felony. What the Court effectively ruled is that a person immediately loses the ability to act as a caregiver […]

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Concealed Pistol License Possession and Disclosure

Protect your concealed pistol license. Always carry your CPL and state ID when you have your weapon concealed. As a CPL holder, always tell a police officer that you have a weapon on you and follow all police orders. Below is a description of the law as it relates to the possession and disclosure of your CPL to a peace officer. Always Carry Your CPL and Show it to an Officer Upon Request A person who has a […]

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Possession Or Use Of A Firearm While Under The Influence Of Alcohol Or Drugs

The law prohibits people from carrying, possessing or using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. MCL 750.237 Misdemeanor Use or Possession While Under the Influence It is a misdemeanor for a person to use or possesses a firearm with a blood alcohol content of .08 or over, or whose ability to use a firearm is visibly impaired by alcohol or drugs, punishable by; Up to 93 days in jail A $100.00 fine with court […]

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What Is A Controlled Substance?

A controlled substance is a drug that is regulated by the government and would be illegal to possess without a prescription. The substances are divided into categories called “schedules.” There are schedules 1 through 5. The schedules are classified based on their potential for abuse and addiction, and currently accepted medical use in the U.S. The potential penalties for crimes related to use, possession, and driving under the influence vary based on the schedule of the substance, the […]

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