No-Contact Bonds and a Domestic Violence charge in Northern Michigan

This blog is intended to provide necessary information for criminal defendants charged with domestic violence, MCL 750.81a, in Michigan. Each county prosecutor is different as well as each District Court. The 86th District Court in Grand Traverse County, Leelanau County, and Antrim County is very hard on a person convicted of domestic violence. The no-contact…

The inns and outs of the criminal charge, “Moving Violation Causing Serious Impairment of a Body Function.”

The inns and outs of the criminal charge, “Moving Violation Causing Serious Impairment of a Body Function.”

A new law in Michigan, moving violation causing serious impairment of a body function(MVCSIBF) was packaged with revisions to Michigan’s drunk driving law and took effect on October 31st, 2010. MVCSIBF is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence in jail of 93 days and/or $500.00 fine. MCL 257.601d. In Michigan most driving sanctions are…

Transporting Medical Marijuana in Michigan, for Caregivers and Patients

The following article explores the statutes for transporting medical marijuana for patient and caregivers. This article does not discuss transporting medical marijuana within the Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act(MMFLA). The MMFLA requires “secured transporters” for the transfer of medical marijuana associated with the marijuana supply chain for a marijuana dispensary; otherwise, know as provisioning centers…

Michigan Hardship Appeal for Driver’s License Suspension

Michigan Hardship Appeal for Driver’s License Suspension

This article will provide some basic information regarding a driver losing their driving privileges, from a suspension, in Michigan. A hardship appeal for a driver’s license is available for aggrieved drivers in very limited circumstances. Eligibility The first thing that has to be determined is whether the driver has been “suspended” vs. “revoked.” Once a…

What every couple needs to know about a domestic violence prosecution in Traverse City

I am writing this article to educate the general public in Traverse City about the consequences of a domestic violence prosecution to a family. Domestic violence is a crime that has become a hot topic for prosecutors, Courts, and our Michigan Legislature. The hallmark of the domestic violence program in the 86th District Court is…