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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,

Serious Science for Serious Lawyers – Days 4 and 5

June 12th, 2015|

On Day 4 of Serious Science for Serious Lawyers we are scheduled to work until 9pm so we started an hour late. That gave me a great opportunity to get in a mountain bile ride. I rode the Blue Sky Trail of Horse Tooth Mountain good for 22 miles and

Serious Science for Serious Lawyers – Day 3

June 11th, 2015|

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 testing in drunk driving cases and how to use it effectively in court for our

Serious Science for Serious Lawyers – Day 2

June 10th, 2015|

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 Dr. Robert Lantz, both from Rocky Mountain Labs. They both have Ph.D.s in

Serious Science for Serious Lawyers – Day 1

June 9th, 2015|

Because of my work with the Trial Lawyer’s College and my ACS Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation I was asked and accepted a position on the faculty of NCDD’s first blood-alcohol trail advocacy seminar located in Fort Collins Colorado. It’s called Serious Science for Serious Lawyers and is an intense and rich