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DUI Drug Charges

Am I Responsible for Drugs in a Car I am Driving?

Aug 24th, 2018 PBarone

Yes, it is possible for you to be arrested, charged and convicted of a drug charge for drugs found anywhere inside a car you are driving. Because of the concept of constructive possession, you can be charged even if the drugs don’t...

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Can I Legally Use Marijuana in Canada then Drive Home to Michigan?

Jun 27th, 2018 PBarone

No. Using Marijuana lawfully in Canada puts you at risk of an intoxicated driving charge in Michigan. This is true even though Canada recently passed new federal laws effectively making it legal to possess and use marijuana.  Nevertheless, this new Canadian law...

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Michigan to Begin Roadside Saliva Testing for Drugs

Nov 6th, 2017 PBarone

In 2016 new laws were passed to allow and encourage roadside salvia drug testing.  The laws are set forth in MCL 257.62a, 257.625r, 257.625s, and 257.625t.  Michigan’s legislators passed these new laws because there is a belief that more drivers are under...

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Boyle Presents at Drugged Driving Seminar in Lansing Michigan

May 22nd, 2017 baronedefenew

Imagine you have done nothing wrong but for a minor moving violation. You have not been drinking.  You have not consumed any prescription or illegal drugs.  You tell the officer the truth.  But then you are arrested for suspicion of driving under...

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Michigan Saliva Drug Test Program Delayed Until Spring

Dec 20th, 2016 baronedefenew

Michigan passed a law such that beginning in September 2016 police were going to start testing a salvia drug swab.  Apparently, however, the technology has not caught up with the law, and so, according to Mlive, the program is being delayed.  An...

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Michigan Expands Definition and Use of Drug Recognition Experts

Sep 8th, 2016 baronedefenew

Starting in the fall of 2016, Michigan police will have a new tool to help them fight intoxicated driving.  This new tool comes in the form of a saliva test for drugs, and it will be used in conjunction with a Drug Recognition...

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Michigan Police to Begin Testing Intoxicated Drivers Saliva for Drugs


Michigan DUI laws have recently changed, and beginning in September 2016, Michigan drivers who appear to be driving under the influence of a drug other than alcohol may be required to submit to a preliminary roadside drug test.  This preliminary test will...

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Drugged Driving Cases Scientifically Flawed

Sep 2nd, 2016 baronedefenew

If you are stopped under suspicion of drunk driving, and your breath test proves you’ve had nothing to drink, you still might be arrested for OWI in Michigan.  This is because the new frontier in law enforcement is the drug recognition “expert”...

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Does Driving Under Influence of Ambien in Michigan Require Specific Intent?


Sleep driving is a well-known side effect of Ambien.  Sleep driving is even listed as a side effect of this drug in the product literature. It is nevertheless illegal to be driving under the influence of Ambien. If you are stopped and...

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Operating Under the Influence of Herbs Other Than Marijuana

Jan 5th, 2013 baronedefenew

In Michigan, there is no legal difference between driving under influence of ginseng and many other herbs and driving under the influence of alcohol.  Why?  Because according to Michigan’s OWI laws, intoxication can be proved by showing the presence in your body...

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