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September 2015 Archives

Michigan lawmakers consider Good Samaritan prescription drug bill

Because it is a crime to possess controlled substances, even prescription drugs in some cases, when someone overdoses it is not uncommon for him or her not to receive needed medical attention. The sad fact is that friends may fear getting arrested if they call 911.

What to do when Stopped by Police on the Street

Being stopped by a police officer can be a stressful and frightening experience. The following is a list of suggestions on how to handle when you are stopped for questioning by police in order to preserve both your safety and your constitutional rights.

13-year-old Michigan boy convicted of homicide

As we mentioned in our Sept. 10 blog post on Michigan’s juvenile court system, when a serious crime is involved, prosecutors can win the right to charge a minor as an adult. This sometimes leads to young children being convicted with crimes like homicide, as happened to a 13-year-old Michigan boy earlier this month.

Young Offenders and the Juvenile Justice System

Learning that a child has been arrested is a stressful event for any parent. Parents wonder how something like this could happen, whether a mistake occurred, what potential penalties their child faces, and how those penalties may affect their child's future.

For Now, Life Imprisonment for Juveniles Requires a Jury

In a decision likely to be appealed, the Michigan Court of Appeals recently decided that the Sixth Amendment requires juveniles facing the sentence of life imprisonment without parole to have their sentence determined by a jury.

The 4th Amendment's search warrant requirement, and exceptions

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects us from “unreasonable searches and seizures” of our “persons, houses, papers and effects.” It is one of the most important rights we enjoy against government power in this country. It generally requires law enforcement to obtain a search warrant from a neutral judge before conducting a search of a person’s property. This prevents the use of random house-to-house searches for evidence of crime, and other government abuses.

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