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Defending against drug charges

A Michigan arrest and conviction for drug charges, even relatively minor offenses, has serious consequences, such as probation, fines and even imprisonment. These can impact employment and other matters. Innocence does not necessarily protect a person who can still face wrongful drug possession charges and these penalties.

Medical marijuana can cost one their job

In Michigan, medical marijuana users recently gained long-awaited legal rights to take advantage of medical remedies, to a certain extent. A person does not face drug charges for legitimately using medical marijuana. However, the law does not protect users from losing their job, even if marijuana is not used at work.

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.

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