Archive | August, 2011

Antrim County 86th District Court

August 29, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Criminal Sentencings, Selected Michigan Courts   |   0 Comments

86th District Court for Antrim County Michigan 205 East Cayuga Street Bellaire, MI 49615 Hon. Judges Michael S. Stepka,  Thomas J. Phillips & Michael J. Haley Magistrate Shirley Dewitt Criminal Sentencings, June 2011; operating while impaired; 22 year old Alden man sentenced to 365 days probation, $928.00 in fines and costs, $125.00 in restitution. operating with […]

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The End of Dispensaries

August 21, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Michigan Medical Marijuana Law   |   0 Comments

Another bill, introduced as House Bill 4850, will effectively criminalize the dispensary business model.  The bill provides that the only authorized transfers under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act are from a caregiver to a patient who is directly registered to that caregiver with the state.   Moreover, a caregiver can only receive compensation from a patient […]

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Trust Basics

August 19, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Elder Law and Social Security Disability   |   0 Comments

What is a Trust? In legal terms, a trust is an entity created to hold assets to be managed for the benefit of someone else. The best way to think of a trust is like a box. A person takes assets and puts them into the “box” and they are kept in that box for […]

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Legislative Backlash Against Michigan Medical Marijuana Begins

August 16, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Criminal Law, Michigan Medical Marijuana Law   |   0 Comments

The backlash against medical marijuana in Michigan, partly as a result of the poor language of the existing law, partly as a result of the abuse of the existing law by some people, and partly because of conservative opposition to the entire idea, has taken three general forms. The first form of the backlash is […]

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Some Frequently Asked Questions about Social Security Disability Benefits

August 12, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Elder Law and Social Security Disability   |   0 Comments

What happens when I reach retirement age? If you start receiving disability benefits at the age of 55, once you turn retirement age (65), then your benefits will continue. They will simply be called “retirement benefits” instead of “disability benefits.” Do disability benefits subtract from retirement benefits? Yes. You can pay money back to Social […]

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Diversion and You

August 07, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Criminal Law   |   0 Comments

You may have heard through the grapevine about diversion in regards to your plea. A diversion program is for first time offenders to plead guilty, be sentenced to an enhanced probation, and if that probation is successfully completed then the charges are dismissed. There are three main diversion programs that are most commonly offered. One […]

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Iosco County 81st District Court

August 07, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Criminal Law, Criminal Sentencings, Selected Michigan Courts   |   0 Comments

Iosco County 81st District Court 120 N. Grove,  PO Box 609, Standish, MI  48658 Hon. Allen C. Yenior presiding Criminal Sentencings, July 2011; use of a controlled substance; 21 year old Tawas City woman sentenced to 30 days in fail as part of 1 year probation term, less 1 day served, $635.00 in fines/ costs/ […]

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Iosco County 23rd Circuit Court

August 06, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Criminal Law, Criminal Sentencings, Selected Michigan Courts   |   0 Comments

Iosco County 23rd Circuit Court 120 N. Grove, PO Box 609, Standish, MI 48658 Hon. Ronald M. Bergeron and William F. Myles presiding Criminal Sentencings; July 2011 propation violation; 23 year old East Tawas man sentenced to 4 months in jail, less credit for 32 days served on one file – 32 days served on […]

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Ogemaw County 34th Circuit Court

August 06, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Criminal Law, Criminal Sentencings, Selected Michigan Courts, Uncategorized   |   0 Comments

34th Circuit Court of Ogemaw County, Michigan 806 W. Houghton Ave, West Branch, MI 48661 Criminal Sentencings, July 2011 delivery of controlled substance/heroin second offense; 39 year old Saginaw man sentenced to 12 months in jail, 6 days credited, 12 months probation, standard fines and costs. two counts of domestic violence/third offense; 33 year old […]

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Clare County District Court

August 05, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Criminal Law, Criminal Sentencings, Selected Michigan Courts   |   0 Comments

Clare County District Court, July 2011 225 W. Main, Harrison, MI  48625 Hon.  Josh Farrell presiding domestic violence;   man was sentenced to probationary term of 6 months, ordered to have no contact with victim except for child exchanges, ordered to perfom 40 hours community service to be completed within 60 days, ordered to pay court fines […]

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Kalkaska County Division 2 District Court

August 05, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Criminal Law, Criminal Sentencings, Selected Michigan Courts   |   0 Comments

Division 2 District Court for Kalkaska County, Michigan 605 N. Birch, Kalkaska MI, 49646 Hon. Lynne M. Buday presiding Criminal Sentencings, June 2011 disorderly person/drunk; 22 year old Kalkaska man ordered to pay $1,193.60 in fines and/or costs with 365 days probation. operating while intoxicated; 47 year old Kalkaska man ordered to pay $643.00 in […]

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Social Security Disability – The Basics

August 01, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Elder Law and Social Security Disability   |   0 Comments

Many hardworking people find themselves in a position where they can no longer work because of their physical or mental impairments. The problem is that there is no money coming in the door to pay for trips to the doctor and other bills. What to do? Filing for Social Security Disability benefits is one option. Essentially, […]

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Crawford County 46th Circuit Trial Court

August 01, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Criminal Sentencings, Selected Michigan Courts   |   0 Comments

46th Circuit Court for Crawford County, Michigan. 200 W. Michigan Avenue, Grayling, MI 49738 Criminal Sentencings July 2011: controlled substance less than 25 grams /Hon. Janet M. Allen presiding ; 27 year old Roscommon man sentenced to serve 180 days in jail with credit for 2 days served; ordered to pay $68.00 state minimum costs, […]

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Roscommon County 34th Circuit Court

August 01, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Criminal Sentencings, Selected Michigan Courts   |   0 Comments

34th Circuit Court for Roscommon County, Michigan 500 Lake Street, Roscommon, MI 48653 Hon. Judge Michael J. Baumgartner Circuit Court Judge Criminal Sentencings and proceedings, July 2011: food stamp fraud, common law fraud, welfare fraud over $500.00, conspiracy and criminal enterprise; 42 year old Roscommon woman scheduled for pretrial/status conference,  Judge signed order for substitution […]

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Roscommon County 83rd District Court

August 01, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Criminal Sentencings, Selected Michigan Courts   |   0 Comments

83rd District Court for Roscommon County, Michigan 500 Lake Street, Roscommon, MI  48653 Hon. Judge Daniel L. Sutton presiding Criminal Sentencings, July 2011 two counts of forgery and one count of uttering and publishing; 21 year old Roscommon man was bound over to Circuit Court where he pled guilty, bond was set at $10,000, and […]

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