UPDATED: What Is An Obstructed License Plate? The Michigan Court of Appeals, on September 9, 2014, issued an opinion in People v Dunbar explaining that individual trucks (or motor vehicles) that had factory installed trailer-ball hitches were not in violation of MCL 257.225(2) (i.e. in violation of an obstructed license plate). This means that when the vehicle’s…

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Careless Driving In Michigan Analyzed Here in the State of Michigan, like many other states, there is a traffic infraction known as careless driving. If an individual is found responsible for careless driving, her or she will face a civil infraction, attaching other possible risks and repercussions. Because careless driving is a civil infraction this means…

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A warrant v warrantless search can be the difference between a constitutional violation and a legal search (and later seizure) by a police officer. Warrant v warrantless searches can occur in many situations and circumstances. To begin, a warrant to search is constitutionally required in situations, unless there is a constitutionally accepted exception that allows…

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What To Do With An Outstanding Warrant In Michigan In Michigan, and other states, when an individual has an outstanding warrant for a misdemeanor or felony, he or she will need to satisfy or turn themselves in on the outstanding warrant. Outstanding warrants can involve both Michigan misdemeanors and felonies, depending upon the circumstances and charges…

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Filing License Restoration, Taking The Step After taking the first and initial step in re-establishing your driving privilege, filing license restoration is the next step. Filing license restoration matters should always be handled by an experience license restoration attorney because of the special nature with the documentation and information that you will be sending to…

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Electronic Insurance Cards Allowed With the advent of technology Michigan law has been modified to correlate itself with such advancement. Prior to January 2015, the State of Michigan did not recognize electronic insurance cards as sufficient proof of proper insurance, which is required for automobiles in the State. Electronic insurance cards specifically refer to those…

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Traffic Infraction Consequences Traffic infractions consequences are important because with the right amount of consequences can lead an individual to losing his or her drivers license. The State of Michigan has certain ways that individuals can lose their license because of traffic infraction consequences. In numerous situations, individuals who accumulate or obtain too many points…

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Grand Rapids Marijuana Law Upheld In the final months of 2015, the Michigan Supreme Court provided much hope for the marijuana community by failing to hear and take up the case involving Grand Rapids’ marijuana law, decriminalizing marijuana within the city.  It must be said that the Michigan Supreme Court did not specifically hear oral arguments or…

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Looking At Detroit’s MMMA Dispensary Ordinance Here in the State of Michigan, Medical Marihuana Dispensaries operate in a gray-area within the law because of the People v McQueen decision rendered by the Michigan Supreme Court. The lack of legislation action has only increased the gray-area for how and if dispensary can operate here within Michigan….

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Michigan Supreme Court Eliminating Sentencing Guidelines In 2015 the Michigan Supreme Court wrote an opinion eliminating sentencing guidelines, which meant that felony sentencings would change after People v Lockridge. Prior to this opinion, courts were required to follow sentencing guidelines, unless the judge or court were able to specifically articulate a reasoning (after specific findings)…

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