Criminal Law and Procedure

Past AYL Articles: Drug Paraphernalia, Underage DUIs, Top Drugged Driving Drugs, and the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test

Here is a quick glance at some recent ArborYpsi Law posts that may be of interest. When a person is pulled over for drinking and driving, the police officer will make the person undergo a series of field sobriety tests. These field sobriety tests are designed to give the officer evidence of impairment or intoxication so the officer can arrest the driver. One of these tests is called the horizontal gaze nystagmus test. In the case of People […]

Continue Reading

What is Felon in Possession of a Firearm?

Possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a felony is a felony itself. Anyone convicted of a crime who wishes to possess a gun should read the below law carefully. When this article says “possess,” that refers to the possession, use, sale, transport, purchase, ship, carry, receive, or distribute a firearm or ammunition (basically anything related to the firearm is to be avoided). Be sure to read the definition of “felony” and “specified felony” at the […]

Continue Reading

ArborYpsi Law Areas of Practice: Drunk Driving, Marijuana, Drug Cases

Here at ArborYpsi Law we focus on a couple of areas of law where we can especially be of service. Drinking and Driving Cases ArborYpsi Law represents people accused of drinking and driving. A DUI is a crime that is easy to commit and serious at the same time. A DUI conviction will be on your record for life. There is no such thing as an expungement for a DUI. Whether the conviction is for operating while intoxicated […]

Continue Reading

A Few Quick AYL Articles on Interesting Topics: Drunk Driving, PBTs, Possession of Firearms While Intoxicated, and Other Firearm Issues

In an a trial on operating while intoxicated charges, the preliminary breath test (PBT) results cannot be used as evidence against a person, except under limited circumstances. But can the prosecution use PBT results in other cases, such as disorderly conduct or possession of a firearm while intoxicated? Read the answer to this question in our article on People v. Booker. A person is not allowed to possess a firearm while they are intoxicated from drugs or alcohol. […]

Continue Reading

Michigan Anabolic Steroid Law

Anabolic Steroids are a Schedule 3 Controlled Substance, which means it is illegal to use or possess anabolic steroids without a prescription. What is an Anabolic Steroid? An anabolic steroid is a type of drug that promotes muscle growth. These drugs are used by bodybuilders and athletes because of the potential to increase athletic abilities and muscle mass. Steroid use in the athletic setting began in the Olympic games in the fifties and sixties by Eastern European nations […]

Continue Reading

What is a Bench Trial?

A bench trial is a trial in which a judge and not a jury decides whether a person is innocent or guilty. Jury Trial v. Bench Trial In general, most trials are jury trials. In misdemeanor cases, a jury is made up of 6 people. In felony cases, a jury is made up of 12 people. The jury is made up of people from the community, either the district of the district court or the county in felony […]

Continue Reading

People v. Carll: Reckless Driving Conviction Upheld

The Michigan Court of Appeals upheld a reckless driving conviction in the case of People v. Carll. What Happened in the Case Carll was driving a truck with six other people in the vehicle. Carll was driving 30-40 miles per hour on a gravel road. Carll drove through a stop sign without slowing down and hit a car in the intersection that had the right of way. The evidence presented showed that Carll did not apply the brakes […]

Continue Reading

What Does Possession With Intent To Deliver Mean?

The police will often find drugs on a person but won’t see them in the act of selling the drugs. You can still be charged with a crime called possession with intent to deliver (sell) those drugs. What does possession with intent to deliver mean? Possession with intent to deliver is the term meaning a person is accused of having drugs and planned to sell the drugs. Possession with Intent to Deliver For a person to be convicted […]

Continue Reading

Three Common Questions When Hiring A Lawyer

There are several common questions I get when called about a criminal matter. I’ll try to address them with my standard answers here. How Much Does it Cost to Retain You? People often ask me what my rate or retainer is. The answer is that I don’t have a set rate. There are a lot of variables that go into what I charge. First, is the case local or will there be travel? My office is across the […]

Continue Reading

New Law Would Make Sales of Nitrous Oxide Illegal

A new proposed Michigan law would make it a crime to sell nitrous oxide gas to someone for the purpose of getting high. The law was introduced as a House Bill. The actual language is sale of nitrous oxide “for the purpose of causing a condition of intoxication, euphoria, excitement, exhilaration, stupefaction, or dulling of the senses or nervous system.” What is Nitrous Oxide? Nitrous oxide is a gas that is commonly used in dental procedures and cooking […]

Continue Reading