Blog Posts in May, 2019

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  • 17-year-olds Now Considered Minors in Michigan Criminal Justice System
    17-year-olds Now Considered Minors in Michigan Criminal Justice System

    In April 2019, the Michigan Senate overwhelmingly approved a package of bills aimed to classify 17-year-olds as minors in the state’s criminal justice system . This bi-partisan move arrives from the ...

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  • Drivers Cannot Consent to Search Passenger Belongings
    Drivers Cannot Consent to Search Passenger Belongings

    Since 2007, Michigan law held that when a police officer received consent from the driver to search the passenger compartment of a vehicle, that search permitted the officer to search the passenger’s ...

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  • How Michigan Police Arrest Drugged Drivers
    How Michigan Police Arrest Drugged Drivers

    Everyone is familiar with drunk driving. The old slogan, “drive sober or get pulled over,” is burned into our brains to remind us about the consequences of drinking and driving. Assumably, most people ...

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  • What it Means to “Operate” a Motor Vehicle in Drunk Driving Cases
    What it Means to “Operate” a Motor Vehicle in Drunk Driving Cases

    Drunk driving is illegal. This we all know. In Michigan though, the terminology is known as “Operating While Intoxicated” (OWI) rather than Driving Under the Influence (DUI). However, “operating” is ...

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  • Can Possessing CBD Oil or Other CBD Products Get You Arrested?
    Can Possessing CBD Oil or Other CBD Products Get You Arrested?

    While most of America recognizes the powerful benefits of marijuana and CBD products, many states remain yet to see the light. Unfortunately, this results in confusing rules and regulations concerning ...

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  • Civil Asset Forfeiture Now Requires Criminal Conviction Under Michigan Law
    Civil Asset Forfeiture Now Requires Criminal Conviction Under Michigan Law

    On Thursday, May 9, 2019, Gov. Whitmer signed a package of three bills to reform civil asset forfeiture in a significant manner. Now Michigan law requires a criminal conviction before the police can ...

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