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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.

Operating an Unlicensed Marihuana Facility Now a Crime in Michigan

Jan 15th, 2019 Marijuana Laws

Effective January 1, 2019, it is now a crime to operate a marihuana facility in Michigan without a license.  The new law was signed by Governor Snyder on December 28, 2019 and...

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How to Prepare for a Michigan Driver License Restoration Appeal Hearing

Jan 4th, 2019 OWI

The minimum requirements for a driver license restoration appeal hearing is a substance use evaluation and a completed request for a hearing.  These documents will be sent to the Michigan Department of...

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How Will a Lawyer Help with a Michigan Driver License Restoration?

Jan 3rd, 2019 Traffic Violation

The petition to obtain driving privileges is a legal proceeding where you must prove by clear and convincing evidence that you will never drink and drive again. You are required to submit...

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Do I Need a Lawyer for My Michigan Driver License Restoration?

Jan 2nd, 2019 Traffic Violation

A lawyer will help maximize the chances of getting your license back, but the Driver Assessment and Appeal’s Division (DAAD) of the Michigan Secretary of State does not require that you be...

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What are the Requirements for a Michigan Driver License Restoration?

Dec 29th, 2018 DUI Penalties OWI

If your license has been suspended or revoked in Michigan then you will not be able to drive legally again until you take certain steps to restore your driving privileges. The necessary...

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What’s the Difference Between OWI and OUIL?

Dec 27th, 2018 OWI

OWI and OUIL are acronyms describing two different ways a prosecutor can prove the crime of drunk driving in Michigan.  The acronym OWI refers to the more general crime, while OUIL describes...

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Michigan Recreational Marijuana Users Advised to Avoid Firearm Possession

Dec 10th, 2018 Gun Laws Marijuana Laws

Now that Michigan has legalized the recreational use of marijuana, many citizens want to know how they can possess and use recreational marijuana without running afoul of the law.  It will take...

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What Happens to My CDL if I’m Convicted of Drunk Driving in Michigan?

Dec 7th, 2018 OWI

If you have a CDL (commercial driver’s license) then a Michigan drunk driving conviction will have many implications relative to your driving privileges, both private and commercial.  The exact nature of these...

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DUI Defendant’s Constitutional Right to Confront Chemical Test Remains Clear as Mud

Nov 30th, 2018 DUI Defense DUI Trials DUI Trials

In the past decade, the United States Supreme Court has issued several opinions addressing a DUI defendant’s right to confront a breath or blood test used by the prosecution to prove intoxication...

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Can I Have a CPL and be a Medical or Recreational Marijuana User?

Nov 28th, 2018 Gun Laws Marijuana Laws

No, according to Federal law, you are not allowed to both use medical or recreational marijuana and have a Michigan Concealed Pistol License (CPL).  This is due to a conflict in state...

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