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

Dec 7th, 2018 PBarone

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 implications will depend on your prior criminal record, specifically prior...

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In a Drunk Driving Investigation Must Police Read Me My Rights?

Nov 26th, 2018 PBarone

Yes, when you’ve been stopped for drunk driving the police must read you your rights.  In fact, the police may be required to read to you three separate sets of rights; one related to the roadside or preliminary breath test (PBT), the...

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How Will Police Know I’m too Stoned to Drive?

Nov 23rd, 2018 PBarone

It is an undeniable truth that police officers have a much more difficult time detecting stoned drivers when compared with the relatively easy task of detecting drunk drivers. There are many reasons for this and first among them is that marijuana does...

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Grand Rapids Getting Ready to Arrest More Marijuana Impaired Drivers

Nov 21st, 2018 PBarone

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 Department has requested federal funding that will allow them to...

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What is Legal Limit for Marijuana in Michigan?

Nov 22nd, 2018 PBarone

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 the state board of Canvassers. This is expected to happen...

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How to Prepare for Your Michigan Implied Consent Hearing

Oct 31st, 2018 PBarone

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 officer.  A failure to provide such a sample will result...

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Prosecutors Stop Using Results from Improperly Calibrated Breath Test Machines

Sep 25th, 2018 PBarone

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 attorneys representing the drivers discovered that breath test machines throughout...

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

Sep 19th, 2018 PBarone

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 you kill such an intruder, you will be protected against...

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Am I Eligible for Sobriety Court?

Aug 2nd, 2018 PBarone

Many courts throughout Michigan employ an alternative form of sentencing for drunk drivers that emphasize treatment over punishment. Collectively, this approach to sentencing is called sobriety court.  Such courts utilize a 2011 Michigan statute codified in Michigan Compiled Laws § 257.304.  This...

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How Much Will a DUI Lawyer Cost?

Jun 26th, 2018 PBarone

There is at least a ten-fold difference in the amounts Michigan lawyers charge to handle a first offense drunk driving case. Fees usually start at around $1,500.00 for a newer less experienced lawyer.  From there, fees increase to as much as $15,000...

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