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What Does the New Marijuana Law Say?

Michigan voters have said yes to legal marijuana. What does this mean for you? What You Can Do A person over 21 can possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana. Not more than 15 grams of the marijuana can be in concentrate form. A person can use and consume marijuana. At home, a person can have up to 10 ounces of marijuana and 12 marijuana plants for personal use. A person over 21 may assist another person in […]

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Michigan Says Yes to Legal Weed

In a historic vote the people of Michigan have chosen to make marijuana legal for recreational use. What is Allowed Those 21 and up can have up to 2.5 ounces of weed on them. They can have up to 10 ounces at home (must be locked up). People may grow up to 12 plants at home for personal use. What isn’t Allowed Lighting up in public will still be against the law. Importantly, driving under the influence of […]

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Michigan to Vote on Legal Marijuana Soon

In less than two weeks Michigan voters will go to the polls and decide on legal marijuana. Less than ten years ago Michigan voters overwhelmingly approved medical marijuana. So we’ll see what happens this November 6. What Are We Voting on Exactly? Here is the language that you will see on the ballot when you go to vote: Proposal 18-1 A proposed initiated law to authorize and legalize possession, use and cultivation of marijuana products by individuals who are at […]

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What Is A Hardship Appeal?

A Hardship Appeal is a way to keep driving after losing your license to an implied consent suspension. Chemical Tests in DWI Cases When arrested for driving while intoxicated, a police officer will ask you to take a chemical test, either a blood or breath test. This is not the preliminary breath test (PBT) at the side of the road. Refusal of the PBT is a civil infraction. The penalty for refusal of the chemical test is a […]

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What Convictions Will Disqualify Me From Boot Camp in Michigan?

A person convicted of a felony and headed to prison may instead attend boot camp as an alternative to prison. Not everyone is eligible for the boot camp option. At a starting point, convictions for certain crimes will disqualify people from boot camp altogether. Below is a list of those crimes. Disqualification includes conviction of the crime, or an attempt, conspiracy, or solicitation of the crime). Operating while intoxicated causing death or serious injury. MCL 257.625(4) and (5) […]

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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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Will a DUI Stay on Your Record in Michigan?

Yes, a DUI conviction in Michigan will always be on your record. Any type of drunk driving conviction cannot be removed from your record. Expungement Law An expungement is the process for removing a criminal conviction off of your record. It’s called a motion to set aside a conviction. An expungement is a great tool for someone who is ready to move forward from a criminal convictions. An expungement can happen five years from the end of probation […]

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Doe v. University of Cincinnati: College Student Sexual Misconduct Case

Doe v. University of Cincinnati is a federal college student sexual misconduct case. It deals with the policies for hearings set by the university when a student is accused of sexual misconduct. What Happened in the Case In this case, an Jane Roe accused John Doe of sexual assault after the two students had sex. (Both students go by pseudonyms in the case for privacy reasons). The case boiled down to a he-said she-said. Jane Roe said the […]

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What is a Personal Protection Order?

A Personal Protection Order (PPO), sometimes referred to as a restraining order, is an Order by the Circuit Court prohibiting a person from contacting or going near another person. The Court can grant this Order upon a finding there has been behavior involving threats, harassment, stalking, or assaults. A violation of a PPO can result in jail time. There are obviously solid reasons why PPOs should be issued, such as where a person fears another person who has hurt […]

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