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Could medicinal marijuana lead to criminal charges?

It has been nearly 10 years since voters approved the Michigan Medical Marijuana Initiative, and licensed dispensaries have helped those who deal with chronic pain and related maladies find a way to cope that departs from traditional opioids and other painkillers. But even with legalized marijuana, users may still find themselves running afoul of the law.

A few things to know about search and seizure

Felony charges are not created in a vacuum. They sometimes are created through searches that are not exactly illegal, but are conducted largely because a suspect does not know their rights under federal law, thus allowing law enforcement officers to discover evidence they might not have if a person’s constitutional rights were respected.

Thoughts on mental health reform in Michigan prisons

At this time of year, crimes are not commonly a newsworthy topic, especially if it does not deal with drunk driving or overzealous New Year’s reveling. But it should, especially when prison reform is one of the most complicated topics legislators and law enforcement must deal with.

Can a smartphone app help you avoid a drunk driving conviction?

The holiday season is known for holiday parties just as much as they are for gift-giving and family dinners. Between office holiday parties and college students coming home for winter break, there are likely to be more people on the road who may be under the influence of alcohol. Because of this possibility, there are likely to be more drunk driving patrols.

How long should police keep body cam videos?

In the wake of high profile, officer involved shootings over the past three years, a number of police agencies have adopted the use of body cameras that would ostensibly record sensitive moments between the police and the public. Indeed, there are still debates over whether officers should have the cameras rolling at all times, or only during certain situations, but a larger debate looms over how long footage from an encounter should be kept.

What happens after a Thanksgiving DUI arrest?

Indeed, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is known as Black Wednesday. But it has no connection the holiday shopping deals. Unfortunately, it is known for being a time where more people are stopped and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the most dangerous weekends of the year because of the volume of traffic on New York roads, and the propensity for drivers to imbibe.

Could social media work to deprive a defendant of a fair trial?

Comments on Twitter coming from President Trump have garnered their share of controversy since he took office in January. While some appreciate his propensity to speak his mind and find his honesty refreshing, others believe it is irresponsible and not fitting for a president to be so reckless and uninformed, especially when it comes to current legal matters.

Is race a consideration in plea deals?

While our justice system is predicated on equal treatment under the law, there is a constant undercurrent of inequality based on race. A number of studies have shown the prevalence of minorities being arrested and charged with crimes at a higher rate compared to non-minorities. But in a new study, the notion of African-American defendants receiving less favorable plea deals compared to white defendants is detailed.

Elements that a court may consider at sentencing

Despite the work and experience that a skilled criminal defense attorney can bring, there will be times where a defendant is convicted of a sex crime. When that happens, a defense attorney’s work does not end. In fact, there is work to be done to ensure that the client is treated fairly when sentenced.

Drivers should be aware on Halloween

With Halloween coming in a few weeks, much attention is being centered on all the children who will be taking to neighborhood streets in search of candy. The Party City commercials should give you a clue. It is an annual tradition here in Grand Rapids; so much so that some people prepare for it just like it is the only holiday of the year.

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