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Oakland County Jail’s Virtual Work Release Program

Apr 11th, 2018 PBarone

Beginning in early February 2010, “virtual” work release is available for some offenders.  After the new program starts, the traditional work release program will be eliminated. This significant change has the potential to impact criminal law sentence negotiation and overall sentencing practices...

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What’s the Difference Between a Violation of Probation and a Technical Violation of Probation?

Jan 25th, 2018 PBarone

Generally speaking, a violation of probation means that while on an order of probation you have done something the court ordered you not to do or failed to do something the court affirmatively ordered you to do.  A technical violation specifically means...

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Class Action Lawsuit Proceeds Against Mug Shot Websites

Oct 10th, 2017 baronedefenew

Late September, U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman in Chicago did not dismiss a novel class action lawsuit alleging that purposefully does not update or amend incorrect records which also gives incentives for those who are arrested to pay excessive fees...

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When May I Lawfully Transport a Pistol in My Car?

Sep 12th, 2017 baronedefenew

If you have a CPL, then you may carry a loaded pistol inside the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle anytime you like.  However, if you do not have a CPL a whole different set of rules applies, and it is important...

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Role of Defense Lawyers in the Mitigation of Collateral Consequences

Feb 13th, 2017 baronedefenew

Collateral consequences are the loss of rights a person suffers after being convicted of a crime.  They have previously been described as having the potential to cause “civil death.”  Such consequences are different from the punishments that might be imposed by a...

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A Brief History of Michigan Marijuana Laws

Dec 15th, 2016 baronedefenew

What follows is a history of the significant events and court rulings that have lead up to the current laws related to medical marijuana in Michigan. 2008 – Michigan voters approve the legalization of medical marijuana. In November 2008, Michigan voters were confronted...

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Licenses Available Under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act

Dec 14th, 2016 baronedefenew

Michigan recently changed or amended the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA).  This three-bill package has an effective date of December 20, 2016.  Together this three-bill package amended the "old" MMMA and created two new Acts. These are the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, and...

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Requirements For Getting a Medical Marihuana Growers License in Michigan

Dec 13th, 2016 baronedefenew

There are at least 15 separate factors that the State of Michigan will consider before granting an applicant’s license to become a grower of medical marihuana.  Some of these factors will automatically exclude a person from consideration while others are discretionary; meaning...

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State of Michigan to Rake In At Least 80 Million Dollars Yearly From Medical Marihuana

Dec 9th, 2016 baronedefenew

On September 21, 2016 Governor Snyder signed into law a series of new bills that amended Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Act, as set forth in Michigan Compiled Laws, sec. 333.26424, et. seq.  This series of bills is called the "Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act,"...

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Up in Smoke: Financing a Marijuana Business Under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act

Dec 8th, 2016 baronedefenew

Governor Snyder recently signed into law many amendments to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, as set forth in Michigan Compiled Laws, sec. 333.26424.  The new laws bare an effective date of December 20, 2016.  Some of the new provisions address the issue of financing,...

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