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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.

Grand Rapids Getting Ready to Arrest More Marijuana Impaired Drivers

Nov 21st, 2018 OWI

Now that the recreational use of marijuana is lawful in Michigan many area police departments are getting ready to identify and arrest more THC impaired drivers.  For example, the Grand Rapids Police...

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What is Legal Limit for Marijuana in Michigan?

Nov 22nd, 2018 OWI

Recreational marijuana will soon be legal in Michigan.  Known as proposal one, which passed by a large margin, marijuana won’t officially become “legal” until 10 days after the election is certified by...

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The Interplay Between Legalized Marijuana and Intoxicated Driving

Nov 7th, 2018 DUI Marijuana Laws

Now that Michigan’s voters have approved the legal use of recreational marijuana, how will this impact Michigan’s laws against intoxicated driving?  The answer is - not very much. As of the date...

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Use of Legalized Marijuana While on Probation in Michigan

Marijuana Laws

Now that Michigan’s voters have spoken, and we are now among a handful of states that allow the legalized use of marijuana, how will this change in the law impact the terms...

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How to Prepare for Your Michigan Implied Consent Hearing

Oct 31st, 2018 Driver's License Penalties DUI Penalties OWI

Michigan drivers suspected of intoxicated driving based on the consumption of alcohol, marijuana, or other intoxicating substances, must submit a breath, blood or urine sample upon the reasonable request of a peace...

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Possession or Use of Firearm Under the Influence in Michigan

Oct 18th, 2018 Alcohol Treatment Gun Laws

All firearms are inherently dangerous, so naturally, it is against the law in Michigan to possess or use one under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Because of the danger posed by...

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What’s the Difference Between Michigan Domestic Assault and Domestic Violence?

Oct 3rd, 2018 Domestic Assault Domestic Violence

Both domestic violence and domestic assault in Michigan are crimes based on the same law.  In other words, they are two different names for the same crime.  The more common name is...

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Prosecutors Stop Using Results from Improperly Calibrated Breath Test Machines

Sep 25th, 2018 Breath Testing DUI Defense DUI Mistakes DUI Trials OWI

Prosecutors across the state of Massachusetts have stopped using breath test results obtained during drunk driving arrests for tens of thousands of motorists between 2011 and 2017.  The reason is that defense...

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Michigan’s Stand Your Ground Law of Self Defense

Sep 20th, 2018 Criminal Penalties

In Michigan, you may use deadly force, with no duty to retreat, if you have an honest and reasonable belief that such force is necessary to prevent the imminent death, great bodily...

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Michigan’s Castle Doctrine – The Law of Self Defense Inside Your Home

Sep 19th, 2018 OWI

Sometimes called the "castle doctrine, Michigan law provides that under certain circumstances you may legally use both deadly and non-deadly force against an intruder in your home. Also, under certain circumstances, if...

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