Last year, Michigan voters approved Proposal 1, which legalized the recreational use of marihuana. Many believe this means they are free to use marihuana how they please, but you should know that there are restrictions on its use, and you can face serious consequences if you break the law. First, legal use of marihuana only applies to individuals over 21. If you are 21, you can carry up to 2.5 ounces in public and keep up to 10 ounces in your home. This law frees up law enforcement from policing small possession cases. You might be able to go to establishments that solely have marihuana for social purposes. If organizers allow, you might be able to smoke during festivals and other special events. Business will be able to apply for license applications beginning November 1, 2019. These businesses could even give you the option of delivering marihuana to your home. However, marihuana is still considered a drug. If you use marihuana before driving/operating a vehicle, you can be charged with operating under the influence. If you possess more than the legal limit, you can face a larger possession charge. If the feds make your situation their business, you could face federal charges because there is no such thing as "legal marihuana" under federal law.
In any criminal prosecution involving allegations that the defendant committed a violent crime such as aggravated assault or murder, important issues such as intent, self-defense and witness credibility come into play. In many cases, competing versions of events must be considered, and this issue is very likely to arise in domestic violence cases.
May 7 - IONIA, MIClient is charged with three felony counts of fleeing the police during a high speed chase on a motorcycle. Client was originally held in Ionia County on 50K cash/surety bond, no 10% alternative. Monday, in 64A District Court, Mr. Freeman conducted a bond hearing and successfully convinced the court to lower the bond to $20K with a 10% cash alternative. After surrendering his driver's license and posting $2,000 cash, the client was released. A preliminary examination is scheduled in late-May.
National research has revealed that Michigan public defenders cannot fill the duties imposed by the Sixth Amendment that are owed to defendant's who cannot afford an attorney, due to the lack of resources, skills, and necessary tools. The American Bar Association has identified required principles that the public defense system must meet to conform with the requirements of the Sixth Amendment. Recent reports show that Michigan is failing on many, if not all of these principles.
When we think of jury trials the scenes from the 1957 film 12 Angry Men probably comes to mind. Well traditionally those images were probably pretty accurate-a room full of jurors some believing the defendant is guilty within minutes of deliberation and others advocating for his innocence. Well a recent case in Macomb County shows that the modern jurors may not be so open to discussion.
Just a few miles may make a difference on whether you are sent to jail or on probation for a first-time drunk driving offense.
U.S. SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS ARIZONA LAW REGARDING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT WORKERS - WILL YOUR STATE BE NEXT?
A recent Detroit Free Press article reported that despite the economic woes of 2010, the feds were busying racking up a record $6.64 billion in criminal and civil collections this year, compared to $4.6 billion in 2009. According to the government, the increase was due to various large criminal restitution cases as well as large health care fraud cases.
November 15th, or what is more commonly known as "Opening Day", has firearm deer hunters in Michigan filled with anticipation. Here at the Law Office of John Freeman, PLLC we have already been out during bow season, and John took this buck on Monday, November 8, 2010.