Spring time is a time for new beginnings throughout Michigan. Snow is melting, college basketball tournaments take center stage, and St. Patrick’s Day is a popular holiday. Events and celebrations commemorating Irish heritage are very popular among Michiganders.
It is not uncommon for criminal investigations to be conducted through a state-based crime lab. But given their cost limitations and capacity issues, some crime labs may have backlogs that may delay test results and give rise to other logistical issues. As such, more law enforcement agencies are relying on private crime labs established by corporate entities.
One of the most common misconceptions about the use of marijuana is that it is likely to impair a driver in the same way that alcohol does. Essentially, if someone has smoked a marijuana cigarette and then gets behind the wheel, he or she will be just as impaired (if not more) than someone who has had a few too many drinks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.