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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 Obtain a Concealed Pistol License in Michigan

Apr 25th, 2017 Gun Laws

On July 1, 2001, Michigan’s new concealed carry law went into effect.  With this new law, Michigan effectively became a “shall issue” state, meaning everyone not otherwise excluded by law is entitled to obtain a license allowing them to carry a concealed...

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Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Throws out .20 Breath Test on Felony Drunk Driving

Apr 11th, 2017 Breath Testing DUI Defense

An Oakland County Circuit Court Judge recently suppressed a DataMaster .20 evidentiary breath test result on a felony drunk driving case.  The judge suppressed the breath test because the police officer who administered the test failed to follow the laws and rules...

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Should I Refuse the Field Sobriety Tests?

Mar 8th, 2017 DUI Mistakes OWI

If you are stopped and the police smell alcohol or marijuana, then there’s a good chance you will be asked to step out of the car to perform field sobriety tests. If you fail one or more of these tests, then you...

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Repeat Drunk Drivers in Barry County, Michigan Get Minimum 30 days in Jail

Mar 2nd, 2017 DUI Penalties OWI

A Barry County Judge has indicated that he’s going to start cracking down on repeat drunk drivers by giving them a minimum of 30 days in jail. Judge Michael Shipper was appointed by Governor Snyder in 2011 and is already tough on first-time...

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What Should I Expect with a Michigan First Offense OWI Charge?

DUI Penalties OWI

A first offense OWI in Michigan is a crime categorized as a misdemeanor in Michigan.  Drunk driving cases are taken very seriously by the courts, and a conviction of a first offense OWI can carry with it serious consequences. A conviction for...

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Michigan Marijuana Patients and Dispensaries Must Closely Adhere to Existing Law

Mar 1st, 2017 Marijuana Laws

Because Marijuana remains an illegal schedule one drug in Michigan, any patient or caregiver who does not closely comply with the Medical Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA) risks being charged and prosecuted as an ordinary illegal drug user or illegal drug dealer.  A...

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Trump Vows Possible Crack Down on Recreational Marijuana Use

Marijuana Laws

Sean Spicer, Trump’s press secretary, stated recently Trump’s AG Jeff Sessions will do more to enforce federal marijuana laws.  He particularly has his eyes on recreational use. This appears to be a significant change from the AG and the DOJ under former...

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Trump Plan Would Place Lansing Toxicology Lab Under Federal Control

Feb 27th, 2017 Blood Testing OWI

President Trump’s Department of Justice has proposed a new Office of Forensic Science and Forensic Science Board within the DOJ. This new board would have governing authority over all of Michigan’s forensic labs, including the Toxicology lab located in Lansing.  Nearly all...

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Must the Police Observe me for 15 Minutes Before my Breath Test?

Feb 24th, 2017 DUI OWI

The breath testing administrative rules in Michigan do require that the police observe you continuously for at least 15 minutes before you provide your first breath sample.  However, based on the case law discussed below, in this context the words “observe” and...

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I Was Arrested for Drunk Driving, Should I go to AA?

Feb 20th, 2017 DUI Defense DUI Trials OWI

If you were arrested for drunk driving in Michigan, then going to Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA, may help your case.  But that is only one reason to go AA, and probably not the best one.  You and your Michigan OWI lawyer should...

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