Michigan Criminal Law Blog

Canada Legalized Marijuana – How It Impacts Michigan Residents

Canada Legalized Marijuana – Effects On Michigan Michigan residents may have noticed that Canada legalized marijuana in Oct. 2018 throughout its country. The various laws and regulations will vary from area to area. It is advisable to consult with a Canadian lawyer if there are specific questions or issues that arise with the substance while …

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Michigan Responsibility Fees Eliminated – Oct. 1, 2018

Oct. 1, 2018 Begins the Elimination of Michigan Responsibility Fees For many years, drivers have had to deal with Michigan Responsibility Fees when being a resident of this state. However, as of Oct. 1, 2018, the accumulation of Michigan Responsibility fees by the state’s residents have been eliminated. What this means for individual Michigan drivers …

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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 …

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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 …

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Drug & Alcohol Testing While On Bond Or Probation

Outline Drug & Alcohol Testing While On Bond/Probation An individual will see drug & alcohol testing involved in their criminal matter during probation or while on bond. When an individual is charged with a criminal misdemeanor or felony, they are originally placed on bond. When on bond, an individual will have certain conditions and requirements …

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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, …

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What Is Circumstantial Evidence? Explained by Criminal Lawyer, Josh Jones

Question Presented: What is Circumstantial Evidence? Typically circumstantial evidence is defined as evidence that is not direct evidence. Two commonly presented hypotheticals used  to differentiate the terms is as follows: Direct Evidence would be looking outside the window and seeing the rain or actual act of it raining; while circumstantial evidence would be seeing someone walking into …

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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. …

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Holmes Youthful Trainee (HYTA) Explained by Michigan Criminal Lawyer, Josh Jones (2015 UPDATE)

What Is HYTA? The Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, HYTA, is a deferral statue that has specific age restrictions for individuals attempting to use the statute. However, it is not allowed for a number of offenses, including offenses where the penalty is life, all traffic offenses, and most criminal sexual conduct offenses. To receive consideration under …

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The Future Of Michigan Medical Marijuana Businesses

What Does The Future Of Michigan Medical Marijuana Businesses Hold? As many already know, last year Michigan passed legislation allowing for Michigan medical marijuana businesses to operate under specific conditions and licenses. However, the laws allowing for Michigan medical marijuana businesses to operate within the State does not become effective until December 15, 2017. With …

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