Blog Posts Tagged with criminal defense

Public vs. Private Places: Medical and Recreational Marijuana

by: Matt Newburg

April 29, 2016 at 7:50 AM EDT

There is no question that Michigan's Medical Marihuana Act has been litigated frequently in the Michigan Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.  The success and failure of that litigation has usually turned on the meaning of a particular phrase or word contained within the MMA.  As the MMA has filtered through the court system, Michigan municipalities have adopted ordinances that, in part, decriminalize the recreational possession and use of marijuana--these ordinances are separate and apart...

When is a Weapon Truly Concealed and Can I Carry a Weapon without a CPL?

by: Matt Newburg

April 23, 2016 at 7:39 AM EDT

The crime of carrying a concealed weapon contains two primary elements: first, that the weapon was knowingly carried, and second, that the weapon was concealed. Complete invisibility of the weapon is not required; concealment is found where the weapon cannot be easily seen by those who come into ordinary contact with the defendant. This standard can be tricky because it does not require that an observer actually see the weapon, only that a hypothetical person who came into ordinary contact with the...

Clear your Plates

by: Matt Newburg

March 31, 2016 at 6:09 PM EDT

The Michigan Supreme Court has decided that your license plates need to be clear and cannot be obstructed by.....even a trailer hitch.  In a state partially bordered by water, the Michigan Supreme Court has officially warned everyone that if you tow a boat, jet skis, or even keep a trailer hitch on your vehicle and those things obstruct the view of your license plate, you can be pulled over by the police.  In People Dunbar, the Michigan Supreme Court overturned the...