Blog Posts Tagged with criminal

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...

U.S. Supreme Court Discusses GPS Tracking

by: Matt Newburg

April 6, 2015 at 11:41 AM EDT

In a unanimous decision from the United States Supreme Court, the nation's highest court has addressed whether liftime electronic monitoring of an individual convicted of committing crimes of a sexual nature is a violation of the fourth amendment.  In Grady v North Carolina, Mr. Grady was ordered by a North Carolina Court to wear a GPS tether to monitor his locations while on probation for his convictions.  Mr. Grady objected to the condition that he wear the tether citing fourth...

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...

Senate Bill 783 on Fast Track Through Michigan Senate

by: Matt Newburg

March 4, 2015 at 8:01 PM EST

Senate Bill 783 seems to be on the fast track through the Michigan Senate.  The Bill seeks to amend Section 7 of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act limiting where individual patients and caregivers can grow and use marijuana to aleviate their debilitating medical conditions.  Specifically the bill would allow landlords of private residental property to prohibit patients and caregivers, through the leasing documents, from growing marijuana and smoking it on the property. 

The Bill is...

Michigan Supreme Court takes on Medical Marijuana

by: Matt Newburg

March 4, 2015 at 11:54 AM EST

January 14, 2015 will be, perhaps the biggest day in the Michigan Supreme Court for Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Patients and Caregivers.  The Court will hear a total of three cases that discuss Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Act and the defenses that are embodied within the statute.  The two cases that discuss the heart of Section 4 and Section 8 are Hartwick and Tuttle:

People v Richard Lee Hartwick / People v Tuttle:

Richard Hartwick, was arrested for illegally growing and...