Category:Criminal Penalties

Role of Defense Lawyers in the Mitigation of Collateral Consequences

  • February 13th, 2017
  • Patrick Barone
  • Criminal EvidenceCriminal Penalties

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 judge as part of a criminal case.  This is because collateral consequences are

A Brief History of Michigan Marijuana Laws

  • December 15th, 2016
  • Patrick Barone
  • Criminal PenaltiesMarijuana Laws

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 with a ballot proposal to allow physician-approved use of marijuana for certain medical

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

  • December 9th, 2016
  • Patrick Barone
  • Criminal PenaltiesMarijuana Laws

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,” and the effective date of this package of bills was December 20, 2016. 

Requirements For Getting a Medical Marihuana Growers License in Michigan

  • December 13th, 2016
  • Patrick Barone
  • Criminal PenaltiesMarijuana Laws

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 they may exclude but will not necessarily exclude a person from becoming a

Licenses Available Under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act

  • December 14th, 2016
  • Patrick Barone
  • Criminal PenaltiesMarijuana Laws

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 the Medical Marihuana Tracking Act. Many of the changes relate to the regulatory

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

  • December 8th, 2016
  • Patrick Barone
  • Criminal PenaltiesMarijuana Laws

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, and look at this issue from a few different perspectives. The policy of

Health Professionals Must Self-Report Criminal Convictions to Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

  • September 14th, 2016
  • Patrick Barone
  • Criminal Penalties

Criminal defense lawyers who represent Michigan’s health care professionals, including doctors, dentists and nurses, are often unaware that their clients have a duty to self-report a criminal conviction to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).  According to Aaron J. Kemp of the Chapman Law Group “the resulting economic and professional consequences from

  • About the Author Attorney 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. Mr Barone is the co-author of two highly regarded books including Defending Drinking Drivers and Michigan DUI Law – a Citizen’s Guide. Also, Super Lawyers Magazine recently recognized his unique approach to law in their article “Walking in Their Shoes.”
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