• Ever Been Arrested? Your Mugshot and Personal Information May Be Online: The Mug Shot Racket

      More than 13 million arrests are made each year by law enforcement in the United States. A majority of those arrests are alcohol and drug-related driving and possession offenses . People who are ...

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    • Spanking Your Kid. Child Abuse or Reasonable Discipline?

      As parents, we are often challenged with disciplining our children. Sometimes things go too far and parents are accused of crossing the line. While child abuse is a serious crime it is also extremely ...

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    • Can You Be Charged With The Same Crime at Both The State and Federal Level?

      “Double Jeopardy” is a protected right guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution and the Michigan Constitution. It means you cannot be prosecuted twice for the same crime. ...

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    • Is a Criminal Conviction Keeping You Out Of Work?

      This morning I received a voice message from an old client thanking me for the work I did for him. 18 months ago I talked a judge into giving him the opportunity to keep a drug conviction off his ...

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    • Rights People Lose and Consequences if Convicted of a Felony in Michigan

      Every criminal offense has a maximum penalty which defines whether its a misdemeanor or a felony. In Michigan, a felony is a crime that is punishable by two years or more. If you have been convicted ...

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    • Judge Mackenzie Remains Unscathed by Attack From Oakland County Prosecutor

      Judge Brian Mackenzie of the 52-1 Novi District Court is definitely one of the most unique and talked about judges in all of Michigan. He is also on the most respected. First, he has created a ...

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    • 769.4a Diversion: Domestic Violence Case Off Your Record

      Keep a Domestic Violence Case off Your Record with 769.4a Diversion An unlawful touching upon a spouse, former spouse, person with whom you have a child in common, or person residing in the same ...

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    • Chad Johnson Playfull Slap on Lawyer’s Butt Causes Jail Sentence

      Former standout NFL receiver, Chad Johnson, also known as Ocho Cinco (legally changed his name), is on probation for domestic violence in Florida. He violated his probation and his attorney negotiated ...

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    • How to fight a DUI chemical or breath test refusal and keep your license from being suspended

      HOW TO FIGHT A CHEMICAL TEST REFUSAL AND KEEP YOUR LICENSE FROM BEING SUSPENDED The penalty for refusing a breath alcohol test is harsh: a one year license suspension with no guarantee for a ...

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    • Why Does Choosing And ‘Being’ In Recovery Mean So Much Toward Getting Your Michigan Driver’s License Restored?

      Why Is Everyone Else So Interested In This Prisoner’s Dilemma? Working in a criminal defense firm where we specialize in drunk driving, drug, and license restoration hearings cases, we have the ...

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    • Michigan Wrongfully Suspends Out of State Reckless Driving Tickets

      In the State of Virginia if you drive over the speed of 80 miles per hour you can get a ticket for “reckless driving”. The same goes for driving at a speed of 20 miles per hour in excess of the ...

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    • How Much Marijuana Equals Intent to Deliver?

      When a prosecutor charges someone with possession of marijuana they will generally also charge possession with the intent to deliver (PWID) if the weight is over a particular amount. It’s a big deal ...

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    • Unlawful Police Search Leads to Dismissal of Felony Drug Charges in Ann Arbor

      Drug offense prosecutions almost always involve a police search which are sacredly protected by the Constitution. The Fourth Amendment states that all persons shall be free from unreasonable searches ...

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    • Understanding Your Digital Fourth Amendment Rights

      Because your cell phone is such a pervasive and insistent part of your daily life the United States Supreme Court in Riley v. California ruled that, absent an emergency, the police must have a warrant ...

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    • How accurate are blood alcohol tests and can they be challenged or beaten in court?

      There are two primary methods used to measure a suspected drunk driver’s bodily alcohol content for criminal prosecutions: breath and blood tests. Breath tests are more frequent because of the ease of ...

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    • How to fight a DUI chemical or breath test refusal and keep your license from being suspended

      HOW TO FIGHT A CHEMICAL TEST REFUSAL AND KEEP YOUR LICENSE FROM BEING SUSPENDED The penalty for refusing a breath alcohol test is harsh: a one year license suspension with no guarantee for a ...

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    • Rights People Lose and Consequences if Convicted of a Felony in Michigan

      Every criminal offense has a maximum penalty which defines whether its a misdemeanor or a felony. In Michigan, a felony is a crime that is punishable by two years or more. If you have been convicted ...

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    • Why Soberlink Is More Convenient and Effective Alcohol Monitoring Technology Than the Scram

      Michigan courts routinely order anyone who has been convicted of an alcohol related offense to refrain from the use of alcohol. It is also common for a person just accused of drunk driving , before ...

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    • Detroit’s Federal Court has High and Effective Pre-Trial Release Rates

      A person charged and indicted with a criminal offense in Federal Court will have a magistrate judge make a decision on pre-trial release. In the Eastern District of Michigan it will either be a ...

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    • Ecstasy Molly MDMA becoming more popular than ever, along with arrest numbers

      Ecstasy otherwise known as Molly or MDMA (methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) is a hallucinogen and stimulant drug that makes you feel euphoric and “touchy feely”. It is more popular than you think. It is ...

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    • How Much Marijuana Equals Intent to Deliver?

      When a prosecutor charges someone with possession of marijuana they will generally also charge possession with the intent to deliver (PWID) if the weight is over a particular amount. It’s a big deal ...

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    • How to Estimate your Bodily Alcohol Content

      Do the Math and Keep you Cash Police are really cracking down these days on drivers who decide to drink past the legal limit, get behind the wheel of their vehicle, and drive without any regard for ...

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    • Road Side Field Sobriety Tests for DUI OWI Prosecutions are now Admissible Evidence at Trial

      Michigan Senate Bill 207 – What Is It? Senators Rick Jones (R – 24 th District) and Tonya Schuitmaker (R – 26 th District) have amended legislation through the Michigan Senate ready for Governor ...

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    • Road Side Field Sobriety Tests for DUI OWI Prosecutions are now Admissible Evidence at Trial

      Michigan Senate Bill 207 – What Is It? Senators Rick Jones (R – 24 th District) and Tonya Schuitmaker (R – 26 th District) have amended legislation through the Michigan Senate ready for Governor ...

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    • Avoid a License Suspension After a Second Owi/Dui by Completing a Michigan Sobriety Court Program

      In Michigan, two OWI DUI convictions for alcohol or drugs will require a one year revocation of a person’s driver’s license. However, a restricted driver’s license may be granted to a OWI 2 nd ...

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    • Drunk Driving DUI Effects on a Nursing License or Nursing School

      A drunk driving OWI DUI conviction will have a significant impact on everyone’s life but some may be more than others. The medical profession including nurses are no exception. The State of Michigan ...

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    • Top DUI Forensic Lawyer Scientist in Michigan

      The strongest evidence in almost every DUI case is a chemical test. It could be a breath alcohol test on a Datamaster or a blood test analyzed by the Michigan State Police Forensic Science Department. ...

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    • Road Side Field Sobriety Tests for DUI OWI Prosecutions are now Admissible Evidence at Trial

      Michigan Senate Bill 207 – What Is It? Senators Rick Jones (R – 24 th District) and Tonya Schuitmaker (R – 26 th District) have amended legislation through the Michigan Senate ready for Governor ...

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    • Barton Morris presents at National DUI Seminar

      The DUI Defense Lawyers Association is an organization of best drunk driving lawyers all over the country with the goal of providing training, guidance, and instruction to its members on how to be the ...

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    • Retail Fraud Kleptomania Defense: How Did This Happen and Why Did I Shoplift?

      Michigan Retail Fraud Lawyers Many of our clients are employed, productive members of society, with no criminal record and strong support systems. When a new client visits our office and describes the ...

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    • Juveniles Being Prosecuted and Sentenced as Adults

      In January of 2014 Cass Tech High School quarterback, 17 year old Jayru Campbell, was accused of body slamming a school security guard on school property. Allegedly there exists a video of the ...

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    • Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana Prosecutions Based Upon Unreliable Evidence

      Due to the rise in the use of marijuana all over the country, including the state of Michigan, police are now being trained to investigate driving under the influence of marijuana and other drugs . It ...

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    • Liability Division

      Unless you take extra steps to protect yourself, ditching debt after a divorce from jointly held cards is difficult. Credit card companies aren’t bound by divorce decrees, so they can go after you for ...

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    • Michigan Loss Prevention Officers: What They Can and Can’t Do

      Can a Loss Prevention Officer Interrogate or Hold a Suspect Against Their Will? When a person is suspected of retail fraud there will likely be an encounter with the store’s security personnel. These ...

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    • The State of Michigan Continues To Examine Extending The Rules of the Medical Marijuana Act

      What Exactly Is At Stake Here? The State of Michigan is and has been rather involved in the debate on whether or not to legalize marijuana, certainly for medical use, but battling recreational use as ...

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    • Michigan to Receive Medical Marijuana Vending Machines

      Will we see medical marijuana vending machines in 2015? Most Michigan medical marijuana card holders know about the hundreds of dispensaries that are currently in operation around the state. Whether ...

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    • November Voters Support Marijuana Again. More Questions Arise.

      November 2014 election results in Michigan, and across the country have again demonstrated that our society is increasingly supporting pro marijuana legislation. Voters in the cities of Berkley and ...

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    • Detroit One of Nine Cities Targeted for Federal Medicare Fraud Investigations and Prosecutions

      Health Care is one of the most talked about, political and controversial topics on the minds of Americans today. From Obamacare to private insurer influence in congress, it is a huge societal issue. ...

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    • Ever Been Arrested? Your Mugshot and Personal Information May Be Online: The Mug Shot Racket

      More than 13 million arrests are made each year by law enforcement in the United States. A majority of those arrests are alcohol and drug-related driving and possession offenses . People who are ...

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    • After Being Acquitted of Murder in Italy Why Must Amanda Knox Face Trial on the Same Charge Again?

      In 2007 Meredith Kercher was found dead in the bedroom of her home in Perugia, Italy with her throat slit. Amanda Knox, originally from Seattle, Washington rented the house with Meredith and was her ...

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    • Engineer Gets Seven Years Becasue Court Appointed Attorney Neglects Case

      In April of 2012 I posted a blog advocating the theory that, in general, hiring an attorney will result in better outcomes than using a court appointed attorney. I stated that this is not true in all ...

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    • Three Phases Of An OWI Arrest And How To Create Reasonable Doubt

      There are three phases of an OWI arrest, so why does the prosecution want to spend the most time on phase three – the standardized field sobriety tests? I’ll tell you why, it’s because the first two ...

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    • What Are The Consequences To Your Commercial Driver’s License with a DUI OWI

      A commercial driver’s license (CDL) is required if you will be operating any type of vehicle over a certain gross weight. These types of vehicles typically include tow trucks, tractor trailers, and ...

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    • After being pulled over, how do I avoid a drunk driving (OWI) arrest?

      Overwhelmingly, this is the question that I have been asked most in my career. This answer will presume that the driver has possibly consumed too much alcohol to drive. The goal is to limit the ...

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    • Chad Johnson Playfull Slap on Lawyer’s Butt Causes Jail Sentence

      Former standout NFL receiver, Chad Johnson, also known as Ocho Cinco (legally changed his name), is on probation for domestic violence in Florida. He violated his probation and his attorney negotiated ...

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    • Michigan Sex Offender Registry Reform

      Recently, amendments have been made to the Michigan Sex Offender Registration (SOR) requirements. Now, Tier I and Tier III offenders are able to reduce their time on the SOR. Also, offenders of ...

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    • Substance Abuse Evaluation During A Driver's License Restoration Hearing

      Restoring a revoked driver license for multiple drunk driving arrests requires proof that the substance abuse problem that caused the arrests is under control. A very important piece of evidence ...

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    • Serious Science for Serious Lawyers – Day 3

      Today is day three of NCDD’s Serious Science for Serious Lawyers in Fort Collins Colorado. There are a select group of 20 DUI attorneys from all over the country to learn the science of chemical ...

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    • Serious Science for Serious Lawyers – Day 2

      I am in Fort Collins Colorado as a faculty member for NCDD’s Serious Science for Serious Lawyers. Today is Tuesday, day two and we were introduced to two more Ph.D to teach us. Dr. Patricia Sulik and ...

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    • A Trial Lawyer Must Be A Good Storyteller

      I am a trial lawyer. And I am the best type of trial lawyer – one that represents people, not corporations, municipalities or the state. I represent individuals with real life problems in the court of ...

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