New Law -- Criminal
Michigan Court of Appeals says probationers can use Medical Marijuana while on probation.
March 1, 2021
Defendant appeals by leave granted1 the circuit court’s order denying defendant’s application for leave to appeal the district court’s denial of his motion to allow him to use medical marijuana while on probation. We reverse the district court’s order denying the defendant’s motion to modify the terms of his probation to allow him to use […]
Whitmer signs bills offering more alternatives to jail time for traffic offenses, low-level crimes
January 6, 2021
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed bipartisan legislation aimed at providing more alternatives to jail time for offenses that don’t pose a public safety risk, among other reforms to the state’s criminal justice system.
Criminal Record Expungement Bill
December 2, 2020
LANSING, MI – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed a bill package that provides a framework for thousands of Michigan residents to seal prior criminal records from public view.
Criminal Law- A valid registration card is not dispositive concerning § 4 immunity
May 23, 2017
By: Agenique Smiley in Criminal Law, Michigan Court of Appeals, Michigan Court of Appeals, Most Important Opinions May 11, 2017 A party is entitled to § 4 immunity only if he or she is in full compliance with the MMMA, which includes its definitions of both a “patient” and a “caregiver.” If a party’s status […]
United States of America v. Arnaldo Cabrera
February 1, 2016
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals found that in this case the two reasons the District Court Judge gave for sentencing the Defendant to sixty-three months’ imprisonment – the top of his guidelines range – were impermissible and his sentence was therefore procedurally unreasonable as the Defendant was essentially punished for exercising his Sixth Amendment […]
The Supreme Court just gave juvenile lifers a shot at parole
January 26, 2016
Check out the original story and slideshow at Mlive.com LANSING, MI – Nearly 350 prisoners in Michigan serving mandatory life sentences for murder or other violent acts committed as minors could now be eligible for parole under an opinion handed down Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 6-3 decision, the nation’s highest court said its 2012 ruling […]
Michigan leaves Juvenile sentencing up to Juries
January 25, 2016
ALAMAZOO, MI – Twice since 2011, Dallas McDade Jr. has been ordered by a judge to spend the rest of his life in prison for murdering a man when he was 17 years old. Now, it appears McDade will be sentenced for a third time, but whether he gets life behind bars could be decided […]