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 On March 10, by Executive Order 2020-04, Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared that Michigan was in a state of emergency.

 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 news on the spread of the coronavirus is being reported on a daily basis with most of it being bad although some of it could be good.

 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.

 First, as a lawyer and now as a judge, it has been my privilege to be a part of our legal system and everything that it stands for.

 Whenever a case is filed in a Michigan court, the entity or person initiating it has certain duties and responsibilities.

 What if there were laws, which allowed criminal defendants to “learn from their mistakes” and if specific conditions were met, have their cases dismissed?

 Among the types of criminal cases that come before a court are those involving children as victims of sex or abuse offenses and vulnerable adult victims.

 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…

 The impeachment inquiry against President Trump by the United States House of Representatives is continuing with public hearings scheduled to start today.

 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.

 John Doe is driving his car after having consumed a few drinks. Suddenly there is a police car behind him and he’s eventually stopped.

 Our nation has seen yet another round of mass shootings with the recent events in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

 This week we have a question from John who was convicted in Genesee County in 2002 of possession of marijuana (a misdemeanor) and manufacturing marijuana (a felony).

 Last October, I wrote a two-part column about a case that was pending before the Michigan Supreme Court called People v Cameron.

 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.

 Under our justice system whenever a matter proceeds to trial, the party filing the case is always required to present evidence to prove their claims.

 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.

 Whenever a defendant in a criminal case is charged and arrested there are a number of constitutional and statutory rights which automatically apply.

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.

 It is an unfortunate fact of life that some people consume alcohol and then drive their motor vehicles when intoxicated.