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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.

Criminal Consequences of Statue Vandalism in Michigan

Mar 31st, 2018 Felony Offenses

Many people view vandalism as a youthful indiscretion. The Sparty statue on the grounds of Michigan State University is the target of vandalism nearly every year during rivalry week. And in 2015,...

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Legality of Recording Police Officers in Michigan

Law Enforcement

Recent stories of police misconduct have led to many citizens recording police activity. They often do so to prove the police officer acted inappropriately. But is it legal? The short answer is...

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What are the Mandatory and Permissive Terms and Conditions of Probation in Michigan?

Mar 23rd, 2018 Law Enforcement

When thinking about the mandatory terms and conditions of probation it’s important to first understand that, according to Michigan Compiled Laws, section 771.4, the granting of probation is a matter of grace. ...

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Man Wrongfully Arrested for DUI in Police Cover-Up Awarded Almost a Million Dollars

Mar 19th, 2018 OWI

According to articles reported in the NY Daily News, in April 2015, Oliver Wiggins was struck by a police cruiser that had run a red light.  Instead of offering Mr. Wiggins an...

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Is Michigan Forensic Lab’s Lack of Blind Testing Cause for Concern?

Mar 14th, 2018 Blood Testing Criminal Evidence OWI

There are about 30,000 drunk driving arrests in Michigan each year, and of these, about 1/3 of them involve blood tests for alcohol or controlled substances.  All of these blood tests are...

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Can my Spouse Keep Their Guns If I’m on Felony Probation?

Feb 22nd, 2018 Felony Offenses Gun Laws

Probably not.  If you’ve been convicted of a felony in Michigan, then your gun rights will be suspended for three to five years, depending on the type of felony.  The suspension time...

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State Paying Forensic Science Lab $250 for Each DUI Conviction Obtained

Feb 15th, 2018 OWI

In Tennessee, a person convicted of DUI would be ordered to pay a “Blood Alcohol or Drug Determination Test (BADT)” fee as part of their court costs.  No BADT fee was charged...

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New Police Video Recorder Captures Evidence of Intoxication in Driver’s Eyes

Feb 9th, 2018 OWI

Michigan’s intoxicated driving laws cover intoxication by alcohol and all impairing drugs. Reliably detecting intoxication by drugs is more challenging for law enforcement than detecting intoxication caused by alcohol.  One reason for...

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Can Occupant of Autonomous Vehicle Be Found Guilty of Drunk Driving?

Feb 7th, 2018 OWI

Existing law may be sufficient to convict an intoxicated occupant of an autonomous vehicle of drunk driving. This is because the law in most states contains a sufficiently broad definition of the...

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

Jan 25th, 2018 Criminal Penalties

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...

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