Studies Say Stoned Drivers Are Safer Than Drunk Drivers Recently on Feb. 11, 2015 in a news article published by 9 news it was reported that stoned drivers are safer than drunk drivers according to new studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). One of the studies reveals that “drivers with a blood alcohol level…

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Decriminalization Charter – City of Grand Rapids Michigan in recent years has become a marijuana friendly state, or so it seems. There have been numerous cities, municipalities, and towns that have passed local laws decriminalizing or legalizing the use and possession of recreational marijuana. These laws are separate and apart from those controlling the use, possession…

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Permitting Another To Drive Drunk (OWI) Here in the State of Michigan it is illegal and a criminal misdemeanor, generally, if an individual is convicted or found guilty of permitting another to drive drunk. See MCL 257.625(10)(a). This means that an individual convicted of permitting another to drive drunk could face 93-days in jail and/or…

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Controlled Substance Classifications Outlined, Kind Of A controlled substance is “a drug, substance, or immediate precursor that is included in schedules 1 to 5.” MCL § 333.7104. The Board of Pharmacy determines which drugs, substances, and immediate precursors are assigned to each of the individualized schedules or contolled substance classifications. As set forth in MCL…

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Marijuana And Driving  – Intoxicated or Not? Marijuana and driving may be the next big drunk driving issue within the United States, which is due to the passage of many laws allowing for the drug’s use for either recreation or medicinal purposes. It is interesting for individual’s who qualify for protection under the Michigan Medical Marihuana…

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    MEDICAL MARIJUANA TIPS – FOR YOUR SAFETY This marijuana tips flier, poster or card was made for individuals who are medical marijuana patients and caregivers. It was created in order to provide you with vital and important information dealing with medical marihuana here in the State of Michigan. Knowing the law then maintaining…

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What Is The Vehicle Search Exception? Once an individual motorist has been pulled over and the police officer has probable cause to perform a vehicle search a warrant will not be necessary in order to actually vehicle search. This is known as the Motor Vehicle Search Exception to the Fourth Amendment’s requirement of first obtaining…

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THE MICHIGAN CRIMINAL PROCESS THE ARREST The Michigan criminal process begins with the arrest, generally. In order to properly arrest, the police must have probable cause that a crime was committed. Probable cause is reasonable belief that you (the defendant) committed a crime. Warrants are not required in order to arrest individuals, yet they are…

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Stop and Frisk or Pat Down – When Can It Occur? A police officer has three opportunities to perform a search (or a stop and frisk or pat down) on an individual: (1) A Search Warrant, (2) Consent, or (3) A Search After Arrest. All three ways or opportunities to search are fairly straight-forward. However,…

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New Preliminary Roadside Analysis – Drunk Driving Law Update Effective January 12, 2015, the State of Michigan will have a new law controlling drunk driving cases. Governer Synder signed the bill October 14, 2015. The new law amends the pre-existing drunk driving statute, changing the way arrests can and will be performed here in Michigan….

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