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About the AuthorAttorney Patrick Barone is well-known and well respected throughout the legal community. As a professor, guest speaker and author he shares his knowledge of drunk-driving defense with lawyers and judges to help them better understand this complex area of law.

How to Win a Drunk Driving Case Without Trying

Dec 12th, 2017 OWI

Sometimes, winning a trial or a contested hearing comes down to knowing what not to do! In drunk driving cases, nowhere is this truer than with administrative hearings held on appeal from an alleged implied consent violation.  To understand why this is...

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Are Science Guides for Judges a Good Idea?

Nov 28th, 2017 OWI

The BBC recently reported that judges in the United Kingdom will be receiving guides to help them deal with scientific evidence in the courtroom.  Feedback from the judges has been positive, and the first science primers will address things like DNA and...

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Use of Hand Sanitizers Can Cause False Results in Breath Test Cases

Nov 27th, 2017 OWI

A recent article appearing in the Journal for Forensic Science entitled The Effect of Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Vapors on Evidential Breath Alcohol Test Results has concluded that police officer use of hand sanitizers prior to the administration of breath tests in drunk...

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How Much Money Will I Need to Obtain a Commercial Michigan Medical Marijuana License?

Nov 9th, 2017 Marijuana Laws

You will need a minimum of $150,000.00 and as much as $500,000.00 of both liquid and non-liquid assets combined.  Many observers believe that these numbers are way too low, and this is because after obtaining a license, the licensee must then run...

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Michigan to Begin Roadside Saliva Testing for Drugs

Nov 6th, 2017 DUI Drug Charges OWI

In 2016 new laws were passed to allow and encourage roadside salvia drug testing.  The laws are set forth in MCL 257.62a, 257.625r, 257.625s, and 257.625t.  Michigan’s legislators passed these new laws because there is a belief that more drivers are under...

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Using Medical Marijuana While on Bond for Drunk Driving

Nov 7th, 2017 DUI Marijuana Laws OWI

If you are charged with drunk driving in Michigan, then the clear majority of judges will require that you abstain from all alcohol and all illegal drugs. This will be a condition of your bond, and to be sure that you are...

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New Jersey Court Clears Way for Marijuana to be Removed from State’s Schedule One

Nov 3rd, 2017 Marijuana Laws

A New Jersey Appeals Court has issued an opinion wherein they indicate that the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs (Division) has the authority to reclassify marijuana, and thereby remove it from Schedule I. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency’s website, “drugs,...

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Medical Marijuana Dispensaries to Stay Open Pending Licensing

Nov 2nd, 2017 Marijuana Laws

In a surprise move, Michigan’s Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation (BMMR) reversed its prior decision and had now declared in a press release that they will allow currently existing marijuana dispensaries to continue operating provided they have local approval.  Furthermore, that such...

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Should I Take My Drunk Driving Case to Trial or Just Plead Guilty?

Nov 1st, 2017 DUI Penalties OWI

If you are charged with drunk driving in Michigan, then at some point after your arraignment you will need to decide if you wish to plead guilty or stand trial. This is because all Michigan drunk driving crimes are classified as either...

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Proposed Amendments to Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act Add New Definitions

Oct 30th, 2017 Marijuana Laws

Recently, several House Bills have been passed in order to regulate medical marijuana in the state of Michigan. However, these bills are not absolute. Instead, they are subject to change as the state determines more effective ways to govern medical marijuana businesses...

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