Politicians speak frequently about Narcotics and Drugs. Recently, the Trump administration rolled out a plan to combat the opioid crisis, which includes increased funding for Medicaid recipients struggling with addiction and testing for opioids in prisons to direct people towards treatment centers. Also among these measures is a plan to subject some drug cases to the death penalty. No matter where one stands on these efforts, the first question should be: how effective will these measures be?
It's a profoundly bad idea to do Narcotics and Drugs. This cannot be overstated. We have all heard stories of lives and families destroyed by drugs. As a result, the state has an obligation to its citizens to try to reduce drug use for the public health and general welfare of the people of the state. So, society demands legal consequences to stop the use of illegal drugs. Still, it would be naive to think people will stop using drugs altogether just because of the laws; after all, drugs are addictive and people do manage to get caught in its trap. Still, the State of Michigan has a tool in its criminal law toolkit to use against illegal drugs. But this one isn't for drug users themselves, it's for those who who give drugs to OTHER people.
Marijuana and guns? ATF says "No!" The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, or ATF, has issued an important notice about changes to Form 4473, the Firearms Transaction Record. Form 4473 is the federally mandated form that must be filled out by any person who acquires a firearm from a federally licensed dealer. The notice of changes is extremely important for FFL's, customers, and gun owners generally. It is particularly important for persons trying to strike a balance between gun rights and medical care - expecially when it comes to the use of marijuana as medicine.
Marijuana is a hot topic. Recent developments in Lansing show that the State of Michigan continues to dial back marijuana usage through whatever means available. As reported in the Detroit Free Press, the state is auditing physician certifications in order to find doctors who are improperly, and possibly fraudulently, granting marijuana to ineligible patients. The Free Press also reports that the state legislature is attempting to make it possible for landlords to prohibit medical marijuana in their rental units whether being grown by a licensed caretaker or even just used by a card-carrying patient.
What should you consider when hiring a Michigan criminal defense attorney in Detroit or the suburbs for protecting your rights? The following are some of the factors: years of experience, former employment, professional memberships, academic success, standing in the legal community, and client satisfaction.
August was a good month for white collar crime clients of the Law Office of John Freeman, PLLC. In Monroe County, a client's felony embezzlement charges were dismissed when the Circuit Court granted Mr. Freeman's motion to quash the information. In agreeing with Mr. Freeman's motion, the Circuit Court judge found that the prosecutor's evidence at the preliminary examination failed to demonstrate probable cause that the client committed a crime. Therefore, the District Court judge abused his discretion in binding the case over to the Circuit Court.
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.
When it comes to drunk driving, hundreds of drivers in Michigan die each year from alcohol-related accidents where one of the drivers had a blood-alcohol level (BAC) of .08+. The consequences to the driver can be severe, including the possibility of 15 years in prison. What many individuals do not realize is that these same consequences arise when a fatal accident occurs as the result of a driver being under the influence of marijuana. A DUI is not just a crime involving drinking and driving.
On Tuesday, June 19, 2012, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a series of bills aimed at curbing a newly emerging narcotics and drug problem in Michigan. More specifically, the governor signed new laws banning Spice and K2, and similar synthetic drugs. The new laws aim to curb the chemicals used to make the drugs and give the state the ability to temporarily ban drugs that are found to be an imminent danger to people's health.
Synthetic marijuana, more commonly known as K2 or Spice in Michigan, has become a cause for concern among the Michigan legislature and state and local police forces. Last Tuesday, the Michigan Senate approved several measures to make the possession, distribution, or sale of the substance illegal while allowing the Michigan Department of Community Health to impose a temporary ban on new substances deemed an imminent danger to people's health. Macomb County, the city of Detroit, and numerous other metro-Detroit governments have already enacted similar measures. The bills will now make their way to Governor Rick Snyder's desk where, upon his signature, the new laws will take effect statewide beginning July 1.