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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

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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

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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?

Guns Banned at Michigan’s Election: What You Need to Know

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U.S. flag and gavel depicting Guns Banned at Michigan's Election.

Michigan has come under scrutiny again. The world is watching as our Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has issued a ban on the open carry of guns into polling places on election day.

Previously, as reported by Bridge Michigan, Michigan’s open-carry gun laws allowed anyone to openly carry a firearm in public unless it was in a place like a school or a hospital.

The Ginsburg Rule: Why Barrett Won’t Give Her Opinion on Abortion, Same-Sex Marriage

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Supreme Courthouse depictingThe Ginsburg Rule

We are amid a pandemic and in the middle of a highly contentious election after months of street violence. However, we are also in the middle of embattled confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Illegal Militias and Domestic Terrorism in Michigan: Charges, Penalties & Defense

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American flag and gavel depicting Illegal Militias and Domestic Terrorism

When you think it can’t get crazier in 2020, there is a plot to kidnap Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Not only that, but she and her family had to be moved several times as law enforcement surveilled the kidnapping group.

Lawless Lockdowns Ending: What Are Your Constitutional Rights?

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US flag and gavel depicting Constitutional Rights

We saw opposition to lockdowns in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic in the spring of 2000. Some businesses reopened despite the governor’s orders in many states and continued to operate despite receiving daily fines.

Michigan Emergency Executive Powers and Your Rights: Supreme Court Decision

Michigan Emergency Executive Powers
Michigan Emergency Executive Powers

After almost seven months of unilateral decision-making powers, the law Governor Gretchen Whitmer was using to keep Michigan in a state of emergency – which was the source of her 140 executive orders since the beginning of March – has been struck down by Michigan’s Supreme Court