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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.

Must a Licensed Health Care Worker Report a DUI to LARA?

Jan 25th, 2019 DUI Penalties OWI

Yes, Michigan law requires all licensed health care workers to self-report all criminal convictions to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). This reporting requirement includes all intoxicated driving offenses.  Additionally,...

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Supreme Court to Rule: Can Unconscious Driver Consent to Blood Draw?

Jan 24th, 2019 Blood Testing DUI Defense DUI Stops DUI Test Refusal OWI

On January 11th the United States Supreme Court indicated that they would hear a case arising out of the state of Wisconsin involving the constitutionality of a warrantless blood draw from an...

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Can Off Duty Officer Concealed Carry in Court?

Jan 21st, 2019 Gun Laws

The answer will depend on the written security policy of the individual court.  Police officers and other law enforcement officers are advised to check with the specific court prior to attempting to...

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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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