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  • Closing the Divide between the Forensic Scientists and Defense Attorneys
    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
    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
    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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  • 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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  • Eric Smith and The Issue with Michigan's Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws
    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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  • Is a Michigan Medical Marijuana Caregiver's Grow Separate From the 12 Plants One Can Grow For Personal Use?
    Is a Michigan Medical Marijuana Caregiver's Grow Separate From the 12 Plants One Can Grow For Personal Use?

    Michigan caregivers want to know whether they can grow their allowed number of plants plus the 12 permitted under the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (MRTMA). This is an important ...

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