Blog Posts Tagged with criminal case

Michigan Sex Offender Registry Requirements Significantly Change

by: Matt Newburg

April 29, 2015 at 11:49 AM EDT

Michigan's Sex Offender Registry has been changed in dramatic fashion.  In an approximately 80 pageopinion, Judge Cleland has struck down a number of SORA provisions.  Recently, Newburg Law was hired to represent an individual who pled guilty for failing to comply with the SORA requirements.  Our client was on parole and was potentially facing parole revocation.  That changed when we called the prosecuting attorney and informed them that we would be filing a motion to withdraw our...

Call off the Dogs: US Supreme Court Discusses K9 Use During Traffic Stops

by: Matt Newburg

April 22, 2015 at 11:45 AM EDT

An individual who has been pulled over for a traffic violation may not be detained by police longer than necessary for the officer to issue a ticket or warning for the alleged driving infraction.  That is according to the United States Supreme Court.

Shortly after midnight in March 2012, Officer Morgan Struble saw an SUV veer slowly onto the shoulder of the highway and then jerk back onto the road. The officer pulled the vehicle over and questioned the driver about why he swerved to...

Michigan Drunk Driving Law Changes... In Favor of the Driver?

by: Matt Newburg

March 4, 2015 at 8:09 PM EST

Michigan Public Act 315, of the 2014 Legislative Session, which amends M.C.L.  257.625a, was intended to help officers make more drugged driving arrests.  But the new law, which was effective January 12, 2015 is making things more difficult for prosecutors.

Before the amendment, Michigan law permitted a police officer require a driver submit to a preliminary chemical breath analysis if the officer has reasonable cause to believe that the person was operating a motor vehicle while...

WLNS News Turns to Matt Newburg to Discuss Medical Marijuana

by: Matt Newburg

March 4, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST

Matt Newburg on WLNS

(WLNS) – Lawmakers are still considering measures to define the future of medical marijuana in Michigan.

Legislation discussed in the senate Wednesday aims to eliminate some of the legal gray areas, but critics say lawmakers are focusing on the wrong issues.

Medical marijuana in the state of Michigan has a complicated track record. It was approved for medical use by voters in 2008, but dispensaries became illegal under a 2013 Supreme Court case.

Yet we still see them in Michigan cities.

“How...

Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA)

by: Matt Newburg

March 4, 2015 at 8:52 AM EST

Being charged with a felony in Michigan is life changing.  The significance is compounded when someone receives felony charges when they are relatively young.  The Holmes Youthful Trainee Act or HYTA can minimize the collateral consequences of a felony charge if the criminal defendant successfully completes their probation in Michigan.

Any criminal defense law firm and any top Michigan criminal defense attorney understands the HYTA statute and the benefits their client will...