Blog Posts Tagged with news

Michigan "Firearm" change could prove to be a valuable defense

by: Matt Newburg

May 22, 2015 at 12:01 PM EDT

On May 12, 2015, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a series of bills that, in part, modified the definition of a firearm in Michigan.  That change could prove to be a huge benefit to Joe Forebeck.  Joe Forebeck, of Lansing is a 17 year old student who was recently arraigned in Eaton County District Court for bringing a BB gun to Waverly High School.  He was charged with Feloneous Assualt in a Weapons free school zone which is punishable by up to four years in the state prison. 

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East Lansing Voters Permit Possession of Marijuana

by: Matt Newburg

May 6, 2015 at 11:54 AM EDT

65% of East Lansing voters voted to legalizes the possession, use and transfer of up to an ounce of marijuana on private property as long as the individual is 21 years or older.  However, this is not a total "legalization" within the city limits.  It is still illegal to consuming marijuana in public and unless someone is complying with Michigan's Medical Marijuana Act, it is still illegal to deliver or transfer marijuana in East Lansing. 

This will undoubtedly...

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...

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...

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

by: Matt Newburg

March 4, 2015 at 9:56 AM EST

Virtually every criminal case that is sensationalized includes a comment by a law enforcement official indicating that the person they arrested clearly violated the law.  If the media reports a case while a trial is ongoing they interject their own opinions about the defendants guilt.  I have tried cases in front of juries and represented hundreds of criminal defendants—not one of those individuals was treated as an innocent person while their case was proceeding through the court...