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Michigan woman acquitted on firearm charge

If someone feels the need to use force to end a bad situation, that person may find herself facing criminal charges regarding the type of force she used. Some prosecutors or judges may have charges dropped if it is clear a person acted in self-defense, but anyone accused of a crime should consider legal representation.

What does legalized marijuana do to DUI laws in Michigan?

It's easy to find out what the legal limit for alcohol is before you drive. Most states have set measures for driving under the influence of alcohol; it's .08 in Michigan. The influence of drugs on driving, however, can often be more confusing for drivers and law enforcement officers alike.

When is a death not considered wrongful in Michigan?

It is hard to imagine being in a situation in which you have to hurt or kill someone to survive. It is often unbelievable even when it has happened. If a person must use deadly force for their own sakes or the sakes of others nearby, that person should not have to suffer under the weight of the law.

Michigan crime tip unit celebrates its crime-solving contribution

From the streets of Detroit to the highways of the Upper Peninsula, suspected criminal activity happens every day in Michigan. Citizens work with police and federal agents to keep their parts of the state safe, but a desire for higher security can lead too far if a person is accused or, worse, convicted of a crime.

Can Michigan police keep asking questions if a suspect is silent?

Lawyers know about Miranda rights after a Supreme Court case required law enforcement to inform arrested suspects of rights to silence and legal representation. One of the complications of this law occurred in the Wolverine State, leading to the historic case of Michigan v. Moseley.

Should the law consider local court costs 'illegal taxes?'

Nobody likes to go to court for a criminal matter, and more importantly, nobody likes to be convicted. Then, to add insult to injury, most criminal courts will levy exorbitant court costs against the defendants they convict. Unfortunately, most low-income criminal defendants can't afford to pay these costs, and the money owed can cause problems for defendants later on down the road -- even resulting in further jail time.

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