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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

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

Civil Asset Forfeiture: Innocent or Not, Your Property Can Be Seized

October 3rd, 2017|

No Criminal Charge Necessary Did you know that the state and federal government can take your possessions without charging you with a crime?  Through a controversial legal process called Civil Forfeiture or Civil Asset Forfeiture, law enforcement can seize assets of cash and property believed to be connected to criminal

Update on Royal Oak’s Unlawful Vehicle Noise Ordinance

August 6th, 2017|

Woodward Avenue is host of the Annual Dream Cruise which draws thousands of car enthusiasts and their vehicles all summer long. Many of those vehicles make more noise than others and sometimes their owners do it purposely. They rev their loud engines and squeal their tires on the pavement to

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

March 8th, 2016|

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 and seizures. There is no higher law in the land of this country. Therefore, almost every drug case has a constitutional

Ways to avoid a Retail Fraud or Theft Conviction in Michigan

October 20th, 2015|

A conviction for retail fraud, i.e. theft, is just like any other criminal conviction: you will have a criminal record that may follow you for the rest of your life. When you apply for a job, the employer will see the conviction when it does a criminal background check. Having

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

August 18th, 2015|

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 individuals are often called Loss Prevention Officers and they are common in larger retail stores like Wal-Mart,