• How to Submit a Hardship Appeal After Refusing the Alcohol Breath Test

      It’s a major inconvenience to be without a driver license and one our clients often encounter as a result of operating while intoxicated (OWI), also known as driving under the influence (DUI). If you ...

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    • Mothers Against Drunk Driving: What You Don't Know

      Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) started as a grassroots movement and has turned into a massive nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating drunk driving, fighting drugged driving, supporting ...

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    • How to Get a DUI Dropped to Reckless Driving

      In addition to possible jail time, probation, fines and costs, the collateral consequences of a DUI can be severe. Some examples of collateral consequences include: Loss of professional licensing, ...

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    • Case Study: How We Fought a Second OWI Offense and Won For Our Client

      In October, Josh* was charged with 2nd charge - OWI out of Westland, Michigan. He was accused of operating his vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. Two years prior, he received an OWI ...

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    • Domestic Violence and Firearm Possession in Michigan

      Domestic violence is a serious crime. Known as domestic assault in Michigan, it’s a crime that is incredibly common. Usually, two adults who reside together get into a heated argument. Wanting to ...

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    • Can Men be Victims of Domestic Violence?

      Yes, men can be victims of domestic violence When you hear domestic violence, the first thing that comes to mind is most likely a man physically abusing a woman. Domestic violence is often portrayed ...

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    • Closing the Divide between the Forensic Scientists and Defense Attorneys

      The Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division is responsible for testing blood samples for the presence and quantification of alcohol and/or controlled substances for all DUI prosecutions in the ...

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    • How to Keep the Airport Police from Stealing Your Cash

      Law enforcement civil asset forfeiture abuse is out of control and it is most evident at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The Airport Police and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) spent a lot of ...

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    • 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 Long Do DUI Points Stay on Your Driving Record?

      Upon conviction for a DUI in Michigan, the Department of State assesses points to the driving record. A conviction for either Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) or Operating with a High Bodily Alcohol ...

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    • How to Get a DUI Dropped to Reckless Driving

      In addition to possible jail time, probation, fines and costs, the collateral consequences of a DUI can be severe. Some examples of collateral consequences include: Loss of professional licensing, ...

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    • How to Get Your Driver’s License Back After a DUI

      In addition to court-imposed penalties for DUI, the Michigan Department of State (aka the Secretary of State) imposes driver’s license sanctions. The driver’s license penalties vary depending on the ...

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    • What We Can Learn from Mr. Peanut about Domestic Violence

      I watched a rerun of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” when as part of a joke, he said, “Google Mr. Peanut domestic violence. I don’t know what you’ll find.” I was bored, so I did. What I came ...

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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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    • Case Study: How We Fought a Second OWI Offense and Won For Our Client

      In October, Josh* was charged with 2nd charge - OWI out of Westland, Michigan. He was accused of operating his vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. Two years prior, he received an OWI ...

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    • Mothers Against Drunk Driving: What You Don't Know

      Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) started as a grassroots movement and has turned into a massive nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating drunk driving, fighting drugged driving, supporting ...

      Read More
    • Is There a Legal Limit for Smoking Marijuana and Driving?

      Are you allowed to smoke marijuana then drive? While it will always be illegal to smoke while you drive, the answer on smoking then driving is unfortunately more complicated than yes or no. With the ...

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    • How to Submit a Hardship Appeal After Refusing the Alcohol Breath Test

      It’s a major inconvenience to be without a driver license and one our clients often encounter as a result of operating while intoxicated (OWI), also known as driving under the influence (DUI). If you ...

      Read More
    • Case Study: How We Fought a Second OWI Offense and Won For Our Client

      In October, Josh* was charged with 2nd charge - OWI out of Westland, Michigan. He was accused of operating his vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. Two years prior, he received an OWI ...

      Read More
    • Domestic Violence and Firearm Possession in Michigan

      Domestic violence is a serious crime. Known as domestic assault in Michigan, it’s a crime that is incredibly common. Usually, two adults who reside together get into a heated argument. Wanting to ...

      Read More
    • Domestic Violence and Firearm Possession in Michigan

      Domestic violence is a serious crime. Known as domestic assault in Michigan, it’s a crime that is incredibly common. Usually, two adults who reside together get into a heated argument. Wanting to ...

      Read More
    • Can Men be Victims of Domestic Violence?

      Yes, men can be victims of domestic violence When you hear domestic violence, the first thing that comes to mind is most likely a man physically abusing a woman. Domestic violence is often portrayed ...

      Read More
    • Types of Personal Protection Orders in Michigan

      What is a Personal Protection Order? A Personal Protection Order, or PPO, is s court order designed to protect one person by restraining another from certain behavior, such as physical violence, ...

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    • How to Submit a Hardship Appeal After Refusing the Alcohol Breath Test

      It’s a major inconvenience to be without a driver license and one our clients often encounter as a result of operating while intoxicated (OWI), also known as driving under the influence (DUI). If you ...

      Read More
    • How Long Do DUI Points Stay on Your Driving Record?

      Upon conviction for a DUI in Michigan, the Department of State assesses points to the driving record. A conviction for either Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) or Operating with a High Bodily Alcohol ...

      Read More
    • How to Get a DUI Dropped to Reckless Driving

      In addition to possible jail time, probation, fines and costs, the collateral consequences of a DUI can be severe. Some examples of collateral consequences include: Loss of professional licensing, ...

      Read More
    • How to Submit a Hardship Appeal After Refusing the Alcohol Breath Test

      It’s a major inconvenience to be without a driver license and one our clients often encounter as a result of operating while intoxicated (OWI), also known as driving under the influence (DUI). If you ...

      Read More
    • Case Study: How We Fought a Second OWI Offense and Won For Our Client

      In October, Josh* was charged with 2nd charge - OWI out of Westland, Michigan. He was accused of operating his vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. Two years prior, he received an OWI ...

      Read More
    • How Long Do DUI Points Stay on Your Driving Record?

      Upon conviction for a DUI in Michigan, the Department of State assesses points to the driving record. A conviction for either Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) or Operating with a High Bodily Alcohol ...

      Read More
    • Case Study: How We Fought a Second OWI Offense and Won For Our Client

      In October, Josh* was charged with 2nd charge - OWI out of Westland, Michigan. He was accused of operating his vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. Two years prior, he received an OWI ...

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    • Is There a Legal Limit for Smoking Marijuana and Driving?

      Are you allowed to smoke marijuana then drive? While it will always be illegal to smoke while you drive, the answer on smoking then driving is unfortunately more complicated than yes or no. With the ...

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    • Closing the Divide between the Forensic Scientists and Defense Attorneys

      The Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division is responsible for testing blood samples for the presence and quantification of alcohol and/or controlled substances for all DUI prosecutions in the ...

      Read More
    • Case Study: How We Fought a Second OWI Offense and Won For Our Client

      In October, Josh* was charged with 2nd charge - OWI out of Westland, Michigan. He was accused of operating his vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. Two years prior, he received an OWI ...

      Read More
    • Is There a Legal Limit for Smoking Marijuana and Driving?

      Are you allowed to smoke marijuana then drive? While it will always be illegal to smoke while you drive, the answer on smoking then driving is unfortunately more complicated than yes or no. With the ...

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    • 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 Does Controlled Substance Mean?

      Generally, controlled substances refer to substances that are tightly controlled by the government. This is because they may be abused or cause addiction/dependence. Controlled substances include ...

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    • Can Medical Marijuana Be Used to Treat Substance Use Disorder?

      Medical marijuana is currently used in Michigan to treat a variety of ailments, including cancer, glaucoma, arthritis, post-traumatic stress disorder, and more. While there are undeniable health ...

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    • Do Court-Ordered Substance Abuse Programs Actually Work?

      A court-ordered substance abuse program mandates you to attend treatment as part of our sentence for substance offenses. Michigan certifies various rehab centers to provide court-ordered treatment ...

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    • Is There a Legal Limit for Smoking Marijuana and Driving?

      Are you allowed to smoke marijuana then drive? While it will always be illegal to smoke while you drive, the answer on smoking then driving is unfortunately more complicated than yes or no. With the ...

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    • What Does Controlled Substance Mean?

      Generally, controlled substances refer to substances that are tightly controlled by the government. This is because they may be abused or cause addiction/dependence. Controlled substances include ...

      Read More
    • 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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    • How to Submit a Hardship Appeal After Refusing the Alcohol Breath Test

      It’s a major inconvenience to be without a driver license and one our clients often encounter as a result of operating while intoxicated (OWI), also known as driving under the influence (DUI). If you ...

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    • Mothers Against Drunk Driving: What You Don't Know

      Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) started as a grassroots movement and has turned into a massive nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating drunk driving, fighting drugged driving, supporting ...

      Read More
    • How Long Do DUI Points Stay on Your Driving Record?

      Upon conviction for a DUI in Michigan, the Department of State assesses points to the driving record. A conviction for either Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) or Operating with a High Bodily Alcohol ...

      Read More
    • How to Submit a Hardship Appeal After Refusing the Alcohol Breath Test

      It’s a major inconvenience to be without a driver license and one our clients often encounter as a result of operating while intoxicated (OWI), also known as driving under the influence (DUI). If you ...

      Read More
    • Case Study: How We Fought a Second OWI Offense and Won For Our Client

      In October, Josh* was charged with 2nd charge - OWI out of Westland, Michigan. He was accused of operating his vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. Two years prior, he received an OWI ...

      Read More
    • Mothers Against Drunk Driving: What You Don't Know

      Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) started as a grassroots movement and has turned into a massive nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating drunk driving, fighting drugged driving, supporting ...

      Read More
    • How to Submit a Hardship Appeal After Refusing the Alcohol Breath Test

      It’s a major inconvenience to be without a driver license and one our clients often encounter as a result of operating while intoxicated (OWI), also known as driving under the influence (DUI). If you ...

      Read More
    • Case Study: How We Fought a Second OWI Offense and Won For Our Client

      In October, Josh* was charged with 2nd charge - OWI out of Westland, Michigan. He was accused of operating his vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. Two years prior, he received an OWI ...

      Read More
    • Mothers Against Drunk Driving: What You Don't Know

      Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) started as a grassroots movement and has turned into a massive nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating drunk driving, fighting drugged driving, supporting ...

      Read More
    • How to Keep the Airport Police from Stealing Your Cash

      Law enforcement civil asset forfeiture abuse is out of control and it is most evident at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The Airport Police and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) spent a lot of ...

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    • 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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    • Eric Smith and The Issue with Michigan's Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws

      Throughout my entire career, I have witnessed first hand how county sheriff’s and county prosecutors abuse Michigan’s civil asset forfeiture laws. They are supposed to take away the instrumentalities ...

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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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    • How to Keep the Airport Police from Stealing Your Cash

      Law enforcement civil asset forfeiture abuse is out of control and it is most evident at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The Airport Police and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) spent a lot of ...

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    • 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

      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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Eric Smith and The Issue with Michigan's Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws

      Throughout my entire career, I have witnessed first hand how county sheriff’s and county prosecutors abuse Michigan’s civil asset forfeiture laws. They are supposed to take away the instrumentalities ...

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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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    • Case Study: How We Fought a Second OWI Offense and Won For Our Client

      In October, Josh* was charged with 2nd charge - OWI out of Westland, Michigan. He was accused of operating his vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. Two years prior, he received an OWI ...

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    • Is There a Legal Limit for Smoking Marijuana and Driving?

      Are you allowed to smoke marijuana then drive? While it will always be illegal to smoke while you drive, the answer on smoking then driving is unfortunately more complicated than yes or no. With the ...

      Read More
    • 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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    • 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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    • How to Submit a Hardship Appeal After Refusing the Alcohol Breath Test

      It’s a major inconvenience to be without a driver license and one our clients often encounter as a result of operating while intoxicated (OWI), also known as driving under the influence (DUI). If you ...

      Read More
    • Case Study: How We Fought a Second OWI Offense and Won For Our Client

      In October, Josh* was charged with 2nd charge - OWI out of Westland, Michigan. He was accused of operating his vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. Two years prior, he received an OWI ...

      Read More
    • Mothers Against Drunk Driving: What You Don't Know

      Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) started as a grassroots movement and has turned into a massive nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating drunk driving, fighting drugged driving, supporting ...

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    • How Does The Best DUI Lawyer In Michigan Beat A Breath Alcohol Test

      Everyone is aware that when they are pulled over for suspicion of operating while intoxicated, you will be asked to provide a breath sample. What fewer people know is that you will actually be asked ...

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    • How Does Proposition 1 Affect My Probation?

      I have been receiving numerous calls lately about the recent passage of Proposition 1 (The legalization of recreational marijuana). The main question I get asked is, “How will this affect my ...

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    • Beginner's Guide to Early Termination of Probation

      When my clients are sentenced, I almost always get asked the same question; “WHEN WILL I BE OFF PROBATION?” As much as I wish there was an easy answer to this question, there isn’t. Courts and judges ...

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    • Saving Your Health Professional License with the HPRP

      Pursuing a career in the healthcare field requires determination and intelligence. Moreover, certain careers within the field require a special license through the Michigan Department of Licensing and ...

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    • Can Men be Victims of Domestic Violence?

      Yes, men can be victims of domestic violence When you hear domestic violence, the first thing that comes to mind is most likely a man physically abusing a woman. Domestic violence is often portrayed ...

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    • Types of Personal Protection Orders in Michigan

      What is a Personal Protection Order? A Personal Protection Order, or PPO, is s court order designed to protect one person by restraining another from certain behavior, such as physical violence, ...

      Read More
    • What We Can Learn from Mr. Peanut about Domestic Violence

      I watched a rerun of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” when as part of a joke, he said, “Google Mr. Peanut domestic violence. I don’t know what you’ll find.” I was bored, so I did. What I came ...

      Read More
    • Domestic Violence and Firearm Possession in Michigan

      Domestic violence is a serious crime. Known as domestic assault in Michigan, it’s a crime that is incredibly common. Usually, two adults who reside together get into a heated argument. Wanting to ...

      Read More
    • Types of Personal Protection Orders in Michigan

      What is a Personal Protection Order? A Personal Protection Order, or PPO, is s court order designed to protect one person by restraining another from certain behavior, such as physical violence, ...

      Read More
    • What are the Domestic Violence Laws in Michigan?

      Domestic violence definition and statistics Domestic violence is a pattern of learned behavior in which one person uses physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse to control another person. According to ...

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    • Mothers Against Drunk Driving: What You Don't Know

      Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) started as a grassroots movement and has turned into a massive nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating drunk driving, fighting drugged driving, supporting ...

      Read More
    • Is There a Legal Limit for Smoking Marijuana and Driving?

      Are you allowed to smoke marijuana then drive? While it will always be illegal to smoke while you drive, the answer on smoking then driving is unfortunately more complicated than yes or no. With the ...

      Read More
    • What Does Controlled Substance Mean?

      Generally, controlled substances refer to substances that are tightly controlled by the government. This is because they may be abused or cause addiction/dependence. Controlled substances include ...

      Read More
    • Domestic Violence and Firearm Possession in Michigan

      Domestic violence is a serious crime. Known as domestic assault in Michigan, it’s a crime that is incredibly common. Usually, two adults who reside together get into a heated argument. Wanting to ...

      Read More
    • Mothers Against Drunk Driving: What You Don't Know

      Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) started as a grassroots movement and has turned into a massive nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating drunk driving, fighting drugged driving, supporting ...

      Read More
    • Is There a Legal Limit for Smoking Marijuana and Driving?

      Are you allowed to smoke marijuana then drive? While it will always be illegal to smoke while you drive, the answer on smoking then driving is unfortunately more complicated than yes or no. With the ...

      Read More