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What You Need to Know About Michigan Director of Health Orders and Thanksgiving

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On November 17, 2020, you may have received an emergency message on your phone or heard the news. Governor Whitmer has found a way to create lockdown conditions again legally. Michigan is only one of several states renewing or tightening their business and gathering restrictions over surges in new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. The new restrictions come right before the Thanksgiving holiday.

How to Prepare for Your Driver’s License Restoration Hearing in Michigan

Car key and gavel depicting Driver's License Restoration Hearing
Car key and gavel depicting Driver's License Restoration Hearing

When you are trying to win back your Michigan driver’s license, there comes a time when all you have left to do is prepare for, attend, and win your hearing.

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The Difference Between Aggravated Assault and Felonious Assault in Michigan

Gavel and handcuffs depicting The Difference Between Aggravated Assault and Felonious Assault
Gavel and handcuffs depicting the difference between aggravated assault and felonious assault

Assault is by far the most common violent crime reported in America. Aggravated assault accounts for over 60% of violent crimes reported to law enforcement, with robbery at a distant second at 29%. Rape and murder are miniscule by comparison; only 6% and 1% respectively.

Michigan Ignition Interlock Devices: Everything You Want to Know

Driver using ignition interlock device
Driver using ignition interlock device

 

Have you been convicted of a DUI crime in Michigan? Are you ready to get your life back now that you’ve paid your penalties and you are committed to never drinking again? You are probably prepared to apply to receive your driver’s license back if your period of eligibility has started. One of the first things you will learn is your car will have to be fitted with an ignition interlock device. If you aren’t familiar with one of these devices, it’s best to know what to expect.

Michigan Driver’s License Restrictions After a DUI

Hand on steering wheel depicting license restrictions in Michigan after a DUI.
Hand on steering wheel depicting license restrictions in Michigan after a DUI.

Have you been arrested for a DUI charge in Michigan? One of the first questions people often have is whether they will lose their driver’s license. And if so, what the license restrictions are.

On top of the embarrassment and hassles of going through the process, many people worry that they won’t be able to get to work or school or take care of their children’s needs without a driver’s license.

Help for Driver’s License Restoration Eligibility

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Gavel and car key depicting driver's license restoration help

Winning back your Michigan driver’s license is a big step toward living your life freely again after a DUI arrest.

MDHHS Emergency Order: What You Need to Know

State of Michigan flag depicting MDHHS Emergency Order
State of Michigan flag depicting MDHHS Emergency Order

The MDHHS (Michigan Department of Health and Human Services) has issued an emergency order. Beginning November 2, 2020, bars and restaurants are legally obligated to take your name and phone number before you dine.

Restaurants must also limit seating to 50 people and tables to 6 people, according to a new rule put in place by the MDHHS. If they don’t comply, restaurants and bars could be fined $1,000.

Judge Strikes Down Open Carry Ban at Michigan Polling Places: What it Means for You

Law gavel and US flag depicting Judge Strikes Down Open Carry Ban at Michigan Polling Places
Law gavel and US flag depicting Judge Strikes Down Open Carry Ban at Michigan Polling Places

It seems safe to say that Michigan voters want to be safe and feel secure as they vote. On one side, we have people who advocate for no guns at the polling places. The exception is for those carried by law enforcement officers.

This side says that if we allow guns to be carried openly, it constitutes intimidation against voters by other voters. This is in light that it is legal for any American citizen to be a poll watcher.

The other side argues that banning openly carried guns does nothing to deter criminals who are illegally carrying concealed weapons. Thus, making everything less safe should those criminals use their weapons. In that case, the law-abiding gun owners wouldn’t be able to defend themselves lawfully. 

OWI Arrest in Michigan and Challenging the Evidence

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If you have just been pulled over, arrested, and charged with a DUI, or OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) in Michigan for the first time, you are probably still reeling from the encounter and worried about what comes next.

Packing the Supreme Court – What You Need to Know

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Supreme Court Building depicting court packing

Vice President Mike Pence held a rally in Waterford, Michigan, on October 22, 2020. During his hour-long speech, he referenced the 60 minutes interview with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

In a clip that has been aired, Biden called the court system a “live ball.” He said would establish a commission to reform it. Pence insisted it meant Biden would pack the court. 

However, what does the term “court packing” mean?