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Avoid drug charge tears by being aware of justice tiers

If you are arrested for drug possession in Michigan, chances are the police officer represents a local jurisdiction. Depending on the circumstances of the encounter, however, drug charges eventually brought could expand beyond just possession. They could also come at you from more than one level. Protecting your legal rights may require a strategy that involves defending against the full array of possible actions.

Criminal conduct or someone in need of treatment?

For decades, Michigan law enforcement has viewed drug use as primarily one of criminal conduct, deserving of punishment for violating the law and societal norms. Much of the force of criminal law is based on a rational weighing of costs and benefits. You can rob a bank and enjoy the "profit" of your robbery until you are caught and sentenced to prison. That "cost" outweighs the temporary benefit for most people.

They're not so great or don't trust your GPS

It is remarkable how many criminal cases begin as something else. Typically in Michigan, it’s a traffic stop for some minor infraction involving one of the vast number of vehicle and traffic rules. If you have a turn signal burnt out and a police officer observes it, he or she has grounds to stop your vehicle.

No criminal charges in inmate's death in Macomb County jail

The criminal justice system has become the clearinghouse for many of society's ills. The problem is, it is the CRIMINAL justice system and it views the individuals who pass through it as criminals and treats them accordingly. Unfortunately, many who pass through the back doors of a police cruiser on their way to a county jail or lockup may have other problems.

Police can now use 'cloned' fingerprints to unlock a cellphone

Police are always searching for more ways to obtain information after a crime has occurred. They may visually search a home or a vehicle for clues, run chemical tests for drugs or ballistic tests on slugs and use a wide variety of other means of gathering information they may find useful for their investigation.

Michigan State police to begin saliva swab testing of drivers

The Michigan State Police will begin a pilot program of testing for drugged drivers using a saliva test. The program will be operated in five counties by specially trained officers. Critics of the program worry that the test results will be questionable because while it may be able to detect the presence of some drugs such as marijuana, it can't answer the question of impairment. Currently, there is no agreed upon standard for impairment as there is with alcohol.

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