How do I obtain a Michigan Driver’s License or ID card?

Applying for a license or an Michigan state ID card may seem like an intimidating task, but knowing what documents you need to present to your Secretary of State office can make the process much easier. In total, you will need to present five documents.  The first necessary document is proof of Social Security Number. … Continue reading How do I obtain a Michigan Driver’s License or ID card?

People who struggle with addiction can’t just “stop it”

Years ago, Bob Newhart had a skit on his show in which he portrays a therapist[1]. In the skit, a young woman enters his office seeking services for several distressing issues she is experiencing.  Bob informs her that for a mere $5.00 he can help her solve all her problems.  What a deal! However, as the … Continue reading People who struggle with addiction can’t just “stop it”

Increase in R&O felony charges result from the government having unchecked power.

Our Legislature must take a look at these type of police abuses. It is unconscionable that a free citizen of this State and this Country is FORCED to comply with literally any request made by a person in uniform. My old football coach used to say that if he said “jump” we should ask “how high?” God forbid if you as that of an officer in Marquette County; you will probably be arrested for Resisting and Obstructing.

Substance Abuse Assessments and OWI Offenses

For individuals in Michigan convicted of Operating While Visibly Impaired, Operating While Intoxicated, or Operating with a High BAC, the legislature requires the completion of a substance abuse assessment prior to sentencing. MCL 257.625b(5). Often this is approached as just one more requirement in a long list of conditions placed upon an individual convicted of … Continue reading Substance Abuse Assessments and OWI Offenses

A man’s home REALLY IS his castle

Two recent unanimous Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) opinions in cases decided in 2021 have bolstered an individual’s right to be secure from the government in his own home. Quite simply, individuals have more right to be safe from illegal intrusion by police officers today than they did yesterday, or last month. Caniglia … Continue reading A man’s home REALLY IS his castle

New Law Provides Benefit to Individuals Who Voluntarily Present on Outstanding Warrants

Michigan’s newest jail reforms include significant changes for individuals with outstanding low-level arrest warrants. In commentary included in the Guide to Michigan’s 2020 Jail Reforms it states: “To encourage appearance in court for people with low-level outstanding warrants, the new law requires swift processing, without arrest, of defendants with certain outstanding warrants. . . .” … Continue reading New Law Provides Benefit to Individuals Who Voluntarily Present on Outstanding Warrants

What knives are legal to own, possess, and carry in Michigan?

If you participate in sports or recreation (hunting, fishing, shooting, hiking, camping, cycling, boating, diving), or you have a tool-oriented profession (contractor, plumber, electrician, miner); you probably own knives and carry knives.  However, it’s very easy to stray into criminality when carrying some knives.  Most people who violate the law with a knife don’t even … Continue reading What knives are legal to own, possess, and carry in Michigan?