Archive | May, 2015

Expungement Law Update

May 14, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Criminal Law   |   0 Comments

Effective January 12, 2015, a new expungement law takes affect in Michigan. A Michigan Legislature updated the expungement law to expand the list of eligible offenders. Now, a person with one felony and two misdemeanor convictions can have the felony expunged. The misdemeanors will stay on your record, but you can expunge the felony. Additionally, […]

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Marijuana and Driving

May 14, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Michigan Medical Marijuana Law   |   0 Comments

Michigan Law has two inconsistent statutes. First, there is the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act which allows a registered patient to internally possess marijuana. Conflicting with that is the Michigan Vehicle Code, which prohibits a person from driving with any amount of a schedule one controlled substance, including marijuana, in their system.

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Watch Out for the Stingray

May 06, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Criminal Law   |   0 Comments

You may be unaware that the police have a special suitcase for monitoring you if necessary. It is called a Stingray device. Basically it is a “cell sight simulator, a briefcase-sized surveillance device that allows the police to spy on cell phones in the area by mimicking a cell phone tower.” Basically a Stingray allows […]

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Pay or Stay is Illegal

May 06, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Criminal Law   |   0 Comments

For many offenses, especially misdemeanor offenses in a District Court, a judge will order a Defendant to pay various fines, costs, and expenses as part of a sentence and probation. This is true throughout all of Michigan’s courts. When a judge imposes those costs which are “legal financial obligations” or “LFO’s,” a judge will typically […]

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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

May 06, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Criminal Law   |   0 Comments

Currently, the Justice Department, after pressure from the Senate Judiciary Committee, is conducting a post-conviction review of all forensic testimony by the technicians from the FBI Laboratories who performed microscopic examination of human hair. It turns out that 26 of the 28 examiners who were working for the FBI “overstated forensic matches in the ways […]

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