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August 2012 Archives

Police & You: GPS Means Big Brother is Watching

Technology is changing the relationship between the police & you.  As mobile devices become more advanced, so do the ways police can track you. Recently, the Sixth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals ruled that law enforcement officials can use cell phone data, specifically GPS information, to track and locate people without a warrant.

Teenage and Juvenile Crime: School Discipline

The Constitution of the United States has several guaranteed rights: life, liberty, property, among others. Learning and understanding the Constitution is not just applicable to history class for some students. The Supreme Court, in Goss v Lopez, 419 U.S. 565 (1975), has stated that due process is not just a right granted to those charged with crimes. It also applies to school disciplinary actions. The 14th Amendment provides Michigan students with the right to attend school, which in turn requires schools to provide notice and an opportunity to be heard if a student has committed a school violation and is facing suspension or expulsion.

Protecting your Rights: Personal Protection Orders (PPO)

Protecting your Rights is critically important when it comes to Personal Protection Orders in Michigan

High Profile Cases in the Justice System

High profile cases in the Justice System present unique challenges.  The case of Kwame Kilpatrick, Detroit's former mayor, is no exception.  Mr. Kilpatrick continues to make news as he approaches the date of his trial on racketeering charges. In a recent meeting with journalists, Kilpatrick claims that he cannot get a fair trial in Detroit because he has been unfairly persecuted for acts he never committed. Kilpatrick believes that there is no possible way a jury in Detroit will be unbiased when it is widely believed he stole millions from the city. Over 400 jurors have been given questionnaires regarding the case during recent jury selection.

Police & You: Things to Remember If Confronted by the Police

Police & You: Things to Remember When Confronted By Police

Business Overseas? Careful It's Not White Collar Crime

White Collar Crime includes foreign crime.  When it comes to punishing major drug companies, the United States government has made it very clear that you can run, but you cannot hide. The Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has spent over three years investigating some of the largest drug manufacturers for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

Misdemeanor Shoplifting? Maybe Not.

Thinking about misdemeanor shoplifting? Think again. Michigan law imposes serious penalties for committing retail fraud, which is more commonly known as shoplifting in Michigan. There are three different degrees of retail fraud. The value of the property being taken is the critical factor.

Drunk Driving Means Serious Consequences in Michigan

Drinking and driving in Michigan has serious consequences. It is not taken lightly by the criminal justice system. Over the years, Michigan has substantially increased the minimum criminal punishments to those found guilty of drinking and driving. But it is not only those that have been caught drunk driving that fall under Michigan's intoxicated driving laws. Those with other illegal, and sometimes legal, drugs in their system can be found guilty under the same laws used to convict offenders guilty of consuming alcohol and driving.

Domestic Violence - The Victim or Prosecutor Decides?

In 2010, over 100,000 Domestic violence offenses were reported throughout Michigan. Michigan crime statistics for 2010 show that offenders used anything from a handgun or knife to poison and sleeping pills as a weapon against another person. Many times, no weapon is used and the allegations simply involve a push or a shove.