Legal Blog

What To Do If You Are Arrested With An Expired Michigan Medical Marijuana Card?

July 16th, 2018|

Michigan is on the verge of legalizing recreational marijuana. This means that police departments are scrambling to arrest as many people as possible for possession of marijuana before they lose their biggest money maker! This is bad news for the marijuana user who isn’t fully compliant with this state’s medical

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

July 11th, 2018|

“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.  However, the concept of double jeopardy is not well understood. You Are Not Forever Protected Many people believe that

Can Fire Department Paramedics Draw Blood for DUI Investigations?

June 28th, 2018|

Barton Morris says NO. Here is why. There are two main chemical tests to determine the amount of alcohol in a driver for evidence in drunk driving cases. They are a breath alcohol test or a blood alcohol chemical analysis. The arresting police officer usually makes that decision unless a

What You Need to Know About The New Michigan State Police Roadside Impaired Test

June 26th, 2018|

A few months ago, the Michigan State Police (“MSP”) announced the newest roadside impairment test implemented by various Michigan counties. While this program has been fairly shrouded in secrecy, our office has been working hard to figure out what this new testing procedure will entail and how you can avoid

How to Get a Conviction Expunged From Your Record

May 24th, 2018|

It’s common for clients to tell us they want their case over as soon as possible so they can move on with their lives. Having a criminal record makes it hard to do that, creating difficulties when trying to find employment, housing, and getting loans. For these reasons, you should

Beginner’s Guide to Early Termination of Probation

March 20th, 2018|

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 vary from area to area as to their likelihood of granting an early

Handling Your Own Drivers License Restoration? You Have EVERYTHING to Lose

March 13th, 2018|

Thinking of handling your driver license restoration on your own? Think again. I often receive calls from people who thought they could do it on their own, only to be sorely disappointed. They tell me that they have been sober and have not been arrested in many years. They thought

This Information May Save Your Driver’s License: OWI Chemical Tests

January 18th, 2018|

In recent months, I have noticed an increasing amount of Operating While Intoxicated (“OWI”) cases coming to our firm dealing with blood draws. To many people who have never been stopped for OWI, the idea of a blood draw may seem confusing. Let’s take a minute to set the record