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What You Should Know About Legal Marijuana in Michigan

Michigan has joined nine other states and Washington, D.C. in legalizing marijuana for recreational use. The law has yet to take effect, but once it does, it’s important that Michigan residents understand the legal ramifications that apply to them.   Legal marijuana doesn’t necessarily mean that those in possession are exempt from criminal charges. Once the law takes effect, users...

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Finding Alternatives To Jail Time In Michigan

Every so often, a judge somewhere in the country will make headlines for his or her unconventional sentencing. Most recently, it was Judge Marvin Wiggins. When addressing a courtroom filled with people who owed fines for various reasons, the judge provided them with the option of donating blood instead of paying the fine or serving jail time. Those who did received credit...

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How Social Media Affects Criminal Cases in Flint

Social media is becoming the number one tool used by police and prosecutors to gather evidence and solve a case. Police are no longer limited to information collected through in-person criminal investigation. Instead, they can review a suspect’s social media accounts to find evidence against them. That means that every time a suspect uses their...

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What Constitutes an Illegal Search?

Ever since the formation of the Transportation Security Administration and their arrival in airports, the Fourth Amendment has been a constant topic of debate. The discussion raises new concerns regarding high-profile arrests, data collection by intelligence agencies, and even traffic cameras. The amendment, which protects against “unreasonable searches and seizures,” has required interpretation throughout American...

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Why You Shouldn’t Talk to the Police

The Fifth Amendment of the Bill of Rights states: “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war...

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Harsh Federal Drug Policy Underway

The federal government has reopened the “War on Drugs,” at the same time putting many Michigan residents in the line of fire of overzealous prosecutors. As reported by The Washington Post, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered some 5,000 federal prosecutors to seek the most severe charges and penalties possible in drug cases. Critics, including...

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