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How accurate are the college rape statistics?

At colleges around the country, campus advocates have demanded that change is needed in the way schools respond to reports of sexual misconduct. While it is true that rape is a horrible crime, dubious statistics and unjust campus judiciaries have played their roles in forming the "rape culture" that both victims and the accused must deal with.

Proposed Changes to Michigan's MIP laws

Can I get arrested for DUI while driving a scooter?

Many college students embrace modes of transportation alternative to automobiles. Many walk, bike and even skateboard when it is convenient to do so. There are a host of reasons why alternative transportation is attractive to college students. Lower costs, smaller carbon footprints and ease of travel are just a few of the reasons why a younger demographic is often drawn to modes of transportation beyond traditional automobiles.

However, it is important to understand that these modes of transportation are not risk-free. Most of the roads in America were designed and constructed with automobiles in mind, so safety is a constant concern during travel. In addition, many of these modes of transportation are subject to the same laws as automobiles are. For example, it is possible to be charged with drunk driving when driving a scooter or a moped while intoxicated.

How MSU students can keep a drug crime from jeopardizing their future

College and graduate school can be one of the most stressful times in a person's life. From sacrificing sleep to study, and from the emotions involved in deciding what you want to do with your future, it can be overwhelming and draining. Additionally, stress can be aggravated if you are struggling with depression and anxiety disorders, bipolar illnesses, and attention deficit disorders. Some students turn to drugs or alcohol to ease the stress.

Some students also turn to selling drugs to gain extra income while they are in college. Even high-achieving students who are serious about their studies can be caught into the temptation to get involved with drugs. Whether you have been charged with possession or sale of drugs, Michigan law allows young people who have not been previously convicted of a drug offense to redeem themselves and possibly avoid the charge going on their public record, to preserve their ability to seek the employment they desire in the future.

3 Myths About Getting Pulled Over For DUI/OWI

If you get pulled over for operating while intoxicated (OWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs of alcohol, you are facing very serious criminal charges. Even a first offense for DUI or OWI in Michigan can carry expensive fines, jail time or community service. You also have to deal with the Secretary of State who could revoke your driving privileges.

These charges and penalties are serious, but there are some things you can do to improve your chances of a strong defense. Knowing your rights can help protect you if you are ever in this situation.

New Michigan Pilot Program Could Subject Drivers to Roadside Drug Testing

Effective September 22, 2016, the State of Michigan has approved a new pilot program that would enable law enforcement to conduct roadside tests in order to determine if a driver is under the influence of any controlled substances. This new pilot program will be established in five separate counties throughout the State and will last for one year before it is evaluated for effectiveness, and a decision as to whether or not to continue the program will be made. In order for a county to be eligible to participate in the pilot program they must have a law enforcement agency, such as a state police post, a sheriff's department, or municipal police department, where at least one officer who is a certified drug recognition expert is employed. A certified drug recognition expert is a person who is trained and able to identify if a person is under the influence of illicit drugs, in addition to alcohol. The county must also create a written policy and guidelines for the implementation of their procedure, after the state police have created their own administrative rules for the new program.

When MSU students are charged with DUI by campus police

It is surprisingly easy to drive with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit. Because alcohol metabolizes somewhat differently under different circumstances, some people are surprised to discover that they feel completely sober even though their blood alcohol level is above the legal limit.

Many young adults first begin imbibing alcohol during their college years. As a result, a startling number of college students are charged with drunk driving on an annual basis. This reality should perhaps be unsurprising, given that new drinkers must adjust to the idea that they cannot always trust the body's signals to tell them when they are legally intoxicated. Of these college-age drivers who are accused of drunk driving, many are pulled over by campus police on campus property.

The Permitted Use of Marihuana, What You Really Need to Know

In 2008, Michigan voters approved a referendum permitting the use of marihuana for medical purposes. This voter referendum led to the creation of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA). The MMMA creates an immunity from arrest, prosecution, and penalty for the use of marihuana by qualified patients, who are in full compliance of the Act. Additionally, the MMMA provides a defense for those who are not completely within the requirements of the Act.

Pokémon GO: The New Craze That May Result In Legal Ramifications for Many

Last month Pokémon GO was released in the United States, and a new craze was quickly born. Pokémon GO is described as an augmented reality game that was created for users to play on their cell phones. The game is based on the Pokémon franchise, a Japanese company owned by Nintendo. Players of the game create their own Pokémon trainer whose purpose is "to catch 'em all," as well as to battle with other trainers and win Pokémon Gyms. Pokémon are animal like monsters, in fact the name Pokémon is actually short for the original Pocket Monsters. There are approximately 151 different Pokémon roaming around homes, businesses, parks, schools, airports, and anywhere else a person may travel. Some of these Pokémon are more rare than others and thus more difficult to find. Additionally, in order to catch a Pokémon, a player must first acquire supplies such as poke balls to catch or eggs to hatch them, which are located at several different "poke stops." A poke stop can be found at several different types of locations, they may be monuments, businesses, homes, bodies of water, etc. Though the game seems harmless, it has caused quite the uproar across the country amongst both enthusiasts and adversaries. Pokémon GO has been cause for several legal questions and has even resulted in charges for crimes across the country.

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