It is impossible to deny that the tide of national sentiment towards marijuana is changing. Several states have loosened restrictions on the psychoactive plant for medicinal and recreational use. Michigan is one of the states that is reassessing its legal approach to the drug, looking forward as well as looking back.
Criminal charges are designed to rectify a social wrong; if a person commits a crime that damages society, fines or time in prison or jail eliminate the debt that person holds to citizens. But there are consequences for convicted people beyond the time spent fulfilling this debt. Many people never recover from the social and economic damage that a conviction confers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
People who find themselves facing criminal charges end up with a lot of questions, especially about their rights as a suspect. Knowing the answers to those questions ahead of time can make your legal defense much easier.
You did not do anything wrong, but the jury still finds you guilty. Maybe it's just bad luck. Maybe the jury is biased against you. Perhaps you accidentally implicated yourself even though you were innocent.
Right now, recreational marijuana use is still illegal in Michigan. As you may know, voters will have the chance to legalize it in November, but they have not done so yet.