Tag Archives: Northern Michigan

Victory: Marijuana Charge Dismissed under MMMA

October 28, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Criminal Law, Michigan Medical Marijuana Law   |   0 Comments

Attorney Coltrane achieved another victory for a client in a defense of his client’s right to use medical marijuana under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. Attorney Coltrane’s client was stopped by the Michigan State Police on I-75 as part of its ongoing and aggressive “broken glass” campaign against minor drug users. A small amount of […]

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US Coast Guard Safety Demonstration

June 04, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Newsletters, Uncategorized   |   0 Comments

The United States Coast Guard, Air Station of Traverse City, will be conducting a safety demonstration with their rescue helicopter tomorrow, Friday June 5, 2015 at 9:30am, at the Johannesburg Public Schools.

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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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DUI Experts

November 30, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Criminal Law   |   0 Comments

Critical to the defense in many impaired driving cases is an expert familiar with proper police procedures. Many police officers are improperly or poorly trained, or otherwise apply that training incorrectly, when it comes to field sobriety testing. Field sobriety testing (FST) is a barely validated method of determining if a driver is under the […]

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82nd District Court

September 16, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Criminal Law   |   0 Comments

Judge Daniel L. Sutton recently arraigned the following in 82nd District Court: 26 year old Owosso man, waiveed preliminary examination and was bound over to Circuit Court where he pleaded guilty to three counts of possesion of a controlled subsantce (nonnarcotic). State Police, Houghton Lake, made the arrest. 50 year old Schofield, WI man demanded […]

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Constitutional Rights at Traffic Stops 101; Field Sobriety Tests, Blood Alcohol Supression

September 07, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Criminal Law   |   0 Comments

            1.         Initial Stop and Seizure of Person under Fourth Amendment              “A person is seized by the police and thus entitled to challenge the government’s action under the Fourth Amendment when the officer, by means of physical force or show of authority,  terminates or restrains his freedom of movement, through means intentionally applied.” Brendlin […]

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Michigan Medical Marijuana Defenses

September 03, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Michigan Medical Marijuana Law   |   0 Comments

The Michigan Supreme Court succinctly outlined the requirements for the two distinct defenses under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act at Sections 4 and 8 in People v Kolanek, 491 Mich 382, 402 (2012). 1.         Section 4 of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA), MCL 333.26424, provides qualified registered patients broad immunity from “arrest, prosecution, or […]

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Grandma Beats Bureaucrats and Gets Her Grandbabies

August 11, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Family Law   |   0 Comments

In a rare victory, a grandmother seeking guardianship of her grandchildren beat the Michigan Dept. of Human Services on appeal of her case to the Michigan Court of Appeals.  In re COH, ERH, JRG, KBH, Minors, unpublished per curiam opinion, Issued June 23, 2013, Docket Nos. 3309161 & 312691 (Select the PDF at docket entry 3 […]

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82nd District Court

March 18, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Local Court Sentencing   |   0 Comments

Judge Daniel L. Sutton recently arraigned the following in 82nd District Court: 21 year old Houghton Lake woman, waived preliminary examination and was bound over to Circuit Cort where she pleaded guilty to one count of deliver/manufacture of less than 50 grams of a controlled substance, first offense (amended from two counts of delivery/manufacture of […]

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34th Circuit Court Roscommon

March 18, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Criminal Law   |   0 Comments

Judge Carles Corwin presided in 34th Circuit Court on Jan. 8, 2013: 34 year old St. Helen man was remanded to the Roscommon County Sheriff’s Dept. to serve a sentence imposed Dec. 4, 2012, following the granting of the prosecutor’s motion to dismiss a probation violation. The judge also signed an order for a show […]

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82nd District Court

February 05, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Local Court Sentencing   |   0 Comments

Sherry Blaisu, 82nd District Court Magistrate, assessed fines to the following during the period of Nov. 1 through 30, 2013 Department of Natural Resources: Operating an ORV or motor vehicle where prohibited: $135 in fines Shining between 11 p.m. and 6 p.m.: $245 in fines Taking or cutting a living plant or tree from public […]

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82nd District Court

February 05, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Local Court Sentencing   |   0 Comments

Judge Daniel L. Sutton Recently (12/27/12) arraigned the following in 82nd District Court: 20 year old from St. Helen, demanded preliminary examination within 14 days on four counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct. Bond wa set at $15,000. 35 year old from Roscommon, demanded preliminary examination within 14 days on charges of larceny in […]

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46th Circuit Trial Court – Crawford County

October 18, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Criminal Law, Uncategorized   |   0 Comments

Sentencings for September 2012 before Hon. Janet M. Allen: 40 year old Saginaw man  plead guilty to stalking-aggravated; sentenced to serve 30 days in jail with credit for one day served; ordered to pay $130 crime victim rights fee, $68 state minimum costs, $325 circuit court costs and $350 attorney fee; placed on probation for […]

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