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Mail Depository Protection Act – Outlined – MCL 445.31-33

Recently, the Michigan Legislature passed new law making it a crime to hold, take or destroy the mail of another individual. See MCL 445.31 thru 445.33. There also must be an attached intent to defraud or deprive the individual of the mail. This applies to all living and non-living individuals. It should also be mentioned …

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Use of Dangerous Weapon Against Student or School Employee Explained

Accordingly to MCL 750.235b, the use of dangerous weapon against student or school employee has been identified generally as a criminal misdemeanor. It is in fact a 1-year criminal misdemeanor, and it can also be increased to a 10-year felony, if the act is being carried with specific intent to threaten or have an overt …

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Insulting Gesture is NOT Unlawful or Illegal

In Cruise-Gulyas v Minard, the Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ruled that an individual who makes an insulting gesture is not unlawful or illegal. This ruling effectively creates the inability for an officer to arrest, stop or seize an individual simply for making an insulting gesture toward the officer or another individual. The …

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Passenger Challenging Vehicle Search – People v Mead – Michigan Supreme Court Opinion

On April 19, 2019, the Michigan Supreme Court specifically identified that a Michigan passenger challenging vehicle search to be constitutional in People v Mead. This means that a passenger has been recognized to maintain standing to challenge the constitutionality of a search of a motor vehicle or the objects or area that they maintain a …

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New Michigan Civil Asset Forfeiture Law – Limits Seizures

In May of 2019, Governor Whitmer signed new Michigan Civil Asset Forfeiture law into existence, which now limits the ability of police to seizure or confiscate property that may or could be involved in criminal activity. The underlying purpose it so obtain property that is directly connected to the criminal activity at hand. Therefore, the …

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Common Traffic Tickets (Civil Infractions) – Michigan

There are quite a few common traffic tickets in Michigan that are simply civil infractions or fines. These infractions or tickets can quickly add up and impact an individual’s ability to drive. Common traffic tickets can vary widely depending upon the situation or infraction identified or admitted to. There are some infractions or tickets that …

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Michigan Sobriety Courts & Drivers Licenses

When speaking about Michigan Sobriety Courts and Drivers Licenses it is important to understand what it takes in order to satisfy the requirements for obtaining one. In many situations and circumstances the underlying criminal charge will dictate why and how the individual lost his or her drivers license. Those situations generally, but not always, involve …

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Michigan – Criminal Cyberbullying Explained & Outlined

In late 2018, Michigan passed legislation that made criminal cyberbullying a misdemeanor if convicted of the charge. The law became effective March 27, 2019, forming MCL § 750.411x. The maximum punishment under the statute is 93-days jail and/or a fine of up to $500 plus court costs. Moreover, if there is a ‘pattern of harassing …

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Michigan Recreational Marijuana In the Home

Michigan recreational marijuana law is in full bloom, which means homeowners or residents are now allowed to possess, use and cultivate marijuana within those homes. But what are the guidelines for such possession, use and cultivation? This is an interesting because of the various ownership rights involved with someone’s home. If an individual owns the …

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MCL 750.413 & .414 – Unlawful Use Driving Away – Motor Vehicle Explained

Unlawful Use Driving Away – Motor Vehicle (MCL § 750.413, 750.414) Here in Michigan Unlawful Use Driving Away of a Motor Vehicle is handled by two separate statutes that provide different maximum punishments under statute or law. Unlawful use is the lesser of the two evils, providing for a possible maximum 2 years in jail. …

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