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April 2016 Archives

International Consequences of Drunk Driving Convictions

Drunk driving convictions can result in many negative consequences, including suspension of one's driver's license, jail time, a driver's responsibility fee, various court costs and fees, civil restitution, DMV points, and increased insurance premiums. However, one of the lesser-known consequences of such a conviction is the effects that a drunk driving conviction can have on travel to other countries. In Michigan, where many residents travel to or through Canada, these consequences are especially important to consider.

History & Reforms of Civil-Asset Forfeiture

Civil-asset forfeiture is a civil action that proceeds in rem against property involved in illegal activities. This allows the government to seize property by proving through a low burden of proof that the property itself, not the owner, was involved in criminal activities. Forfeiture is intended to deprive the wrongdoer of any reward from illegal activities or of any property utilized in the commission of illegal activities; however, its recent expansion and application to owners that are, in fact, innocent of any wrongdoing has led to calls for reform.

Michigan's HIV crime law called discriminatory, ineffective

A law passed by Michigan legislators at the height of the AIDS epidemic unfairly stigmatizes people living with HIV, and encourages police to target HIV-positive individuals, according to a sociologist. Michigan Radio recently discussed an opinion piece written by the statute’s critic that raises questions about the law’s effects, along with whether the rights of HIV-positive people are being recognized.

What can happen, even to a careful Michigan marijuana dispensary

Last week, we discussed the state of Michigan’s medical marijuana system, and how dispensary businesses often find themselves in a confusing legal position. Besides ambiguities in whether it is legal to provide medical marijuana to patients, contradictions in the law can also lead Michiganders into inadvertent legal trouble.

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