Typically, when a traffic stop is made of a suspected intoxicated driver, the police officer will request that they comply with a number of requests not the least of which is to take three tests, which are collectively referred to as the Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST).
The prison movie “The Shawshank Redemption” tells the story of a wrongfully convicted man named Andy Dufresne (Timothy Robbins) and his friendship with Red (Morgan Freeman) and what happens to both of them during and after their stays in prison.
One of the proudest days of my life was Nov. 9, 1976, when I was sworn in as a new lawyer and officially became a member of the State Bar of Michigan.
The pilot program is intended to help with bond decisions by supplying certain information to the judge so that the risks involved in allowing a defendant’s release can be assessed using evidence based practices.
Whenever a person is arrested on a criminal charge, they have the right to have a judge or magistrate make a determination as to whether they can be released from jail pending trial. Typically, the answer is yes and the court will set what is known as a bond (or bail) depending on the indiv…
In 1972, Michigan’s Age of Majority Act changed existing law to provide that a person who was 18 years of age (instead of 21) was considered to be an adult for all purposes.
On Nov. 6, 2018, Michigan became the 10th state in the nation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults (21 and older) with the passage of Proposal 1 — The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA).
The possibility of President Donald Trump being impeached is now a reality with the Sept. 24 announcement by House of Representatives majority leader Nancy Pelosi giving her approval for an impeachment inquiry.
On Nov. 6, 2018, Michigan voters approved three ballot proposals: 1) the Marijuana Legalization Initiative; 2) the Independent Redistricting Initiative and; 3) the Voting Policies in State Constitution Initiative.
Tomorrow is Independence Day and the celebration of the birthday of our great country when our forefathers officially adopted the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776.
Consider the following. One day out of the blue, you receive a letter from the State of Michigan, which says that your house is directly in the path of a new expressway, the state will be buying your home, and you’ll have to move.
In the 1967 prison movie “Cool Hand Luke,” there is a famous line by the prison captain played by Strother Martin directed to a prisoner played by Paul Newman, which goes, “What we got here is a failure to communicate.” This same line is repeated at the end by Mr. Newman to Mr. Martin.
The Michigan Court of Appeals recently released its opinion in People v Bensch, upholding the longstanding rule in Michigan that a criminal defendant may refuse to be put on probation and instead decide to go to jail or even prison.
After there’s a conviction in a criminal case, a defendant may be given a sentence which includes paying fines and costs or serving a period of incarceration if payment is not made.
An interesting story is developing in Washington, D.C. with the constitutional showdown between Democrats in Congress and United States Attorney General William Barr over his alleged refusal to honor a congressional subpoena and turn over an unredacted copy of Special Counsel Robert Mueller…
On April 25, 2019, a three-judge panel of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan issued its opinion in League of Women Voters of Michigan v Jocelyn Benson, Michigan Secretary of State.
Under the Enumeration Clause of the United States Constitution, there is to be a census every 10 years to determine the population of each state and the number of representatives that each will have in the House of Representatives.
On Dec. 30, 2018, Utah became the first state in the nation to lower the threshold for its Operating While Intoxicated law to .05 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC). All other states still have .08 percent thresholds or limits.
Almost three years ago, I wrote about a 2016 Michigan law, which was intended to give police departments an additional tool to investigate cases involving drivers suspected of operating their motor vehicles after using drugs.