Michigan Criminal Attorney

Can the Police Search my Home Without a Warrant?

November 1st, 2017|

There’s a loud knock at your door. You look out the window and see two police officers on your porch. Slightly alarmed you answer the door, your heart pounding. You greet the officers and they ask you if they can come inside and look around. You might think they can’t

Attorney Barton Morris Featured In SADO Criminal Defense Newsletter

October 11th, 2017|

By: Neil Leithauser, Associate Editor State Appellate Defender Office and Criminal Defense Resource Center Please tell us something about your background, where you practice, and how long you have been a criminal defense lawyer. In law school, I clerked for Judge David F. Breck in the Oakland County Circuit Court.

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

Barton Morris Obtains Acquittal of Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

July 20th, 2017|

Acquittal of driving under the influence of marijuana resulting in death using the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act Section 8 defense Myah had left work at approximately 11 pm on February 16, 2015. She was traveling on Washtenaw Road entering the on-ramp of northbound US-23 in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County. While

5 Ways to Fight a Marijuana DUI in Michigan

March 16th, 2017|

  With an increase of marijuana use in Michigan there has also been an increase of marijuana impaired driving arrests. Michigan law currently penalizes driving with any amount of active THC within a driver’s blood - its a misdemeanor and treated the same as a DUI for alcohol. Those who

How Much Marijuana Equals Intent to Deliver?

February 21st, 2017|

When a prosecutor charges someone with possession of marijuana they will generally also charge possession with the intent to deliver (PWID) if the weight is over a particular amount. It’s a big deal because possession with intent to deliver is a felony with a maximum possible penalty of four years

Understanding a DUI Investigation In Michigan

December 11th, 2016|

  I passed the balance and coordination tests so why do I have to take a breath test on the road? I should have been released and instead I am going to jail. The moment a police officer suspects a motor vehicle driver has recently been drinking alcohol they will

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