Crimes

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 underlying facts of the case …

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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 or intimidating behavior’ by 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. Unlawful driving away carries a …

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Michigan Criminal Lawyer, Why Are They Needed?

Why Do I Need A Michigan Criminal Lawyer? Michigan criminal lawyers can be essential to your case for numerous reasons and circumstances. The most important aspect that a Michigan criminal lawyer can offer a criminal defendant is the understanding of the ins and outs of the individual matter. Criminal lawyers will have the specialized understanding of the criminal court, process …

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People v Mansour – Usable Marihuana Again Limited

Usable Marihuana Definition Again Limited In People v Mansour In the summer of 2018, the Court of Appeal issued an opinion in People v Mansour, that limited the definition of usable marihuana here in Michigan for medical marijuana patients and caregivers. The court looked at a case where the individual was growing marihuana and drying marihuana when the police executed …

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Criminal Sentencing In Michigan Outlined & Explained

Michigan Criminal Sentencing Explained Here in the State of Michigan, many criminal sentencing hearings will be based upon the type of criminal charge and the jurisdiction where the sentencing will occur. Whether the criminal charge is a misdemeanor or felony will be the heaviest weighing factor for a criminal sentencing. The reason for this is due the statutory limitation set …

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Driving While License Suspended, Denied or Revoked – Michigan DWLS – MCL 257.904

Michigan DWLS Explained & Outlined If you are found driving on a suspended, denied or revoked drivers license, you may find yourself in a position where you are issued a Michigan DWLS ticket. This type of ticket is a criminal misdemeanor, generally carrying a possible maximum punishment of 93-days in jail, plus a possible fine, costs and probation. See MCL …

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Refusing Preliminary Breathe Test (PBT) During Traffic Stop

What Happens When Refusing A PBT During A Traffic Stop? A Preliminary Breathe Test (PBT) is utilized during some traffic stops when an officer suspects that the individual operating the motor vehicle in question is operating under the influence of intoxicants. A PBT is supposed to measure the amount of consumed alcohol within an individual’s system. When administered during a traffic …

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Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) Falsely Reporting Unemployment Fraud Claims

Unemployment Insurance Agency Falsely Claiming Unemployment Fraud When an individual losing his or her job, they may be able to obtain unemployment benefits through the State of Michigan. When filing a claim for such benefits, an individual will essentially go through an application process of fact checking and reporting through the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA). For the most part, the …

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Yielding To Pedestrians In Michigan – Rules Of The Road

Yielding To Pedestrians Explained In Michigan it seems that yielding to pedestrians is controlled by MCL §§ 257.612 & 257.613. Yielding to pedestrians is based upon the circumstances of the interactions between the people, vehicles, bikes and others using the roadways. The basis of MCL § 257.612 essentially outlines that individuals operating motor vehicles must yield to bicycles legal traveling on …

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