Criminal Law Update – March 25, 2012

In People v Lown, (488 Mich 242 (2011), addressed the 180 day rule. The statute says “they (imprisoned defendants) have to be brought to trial in 180 days. The Supreme Court said that as long as they bring them back and arraign them, that’s close enough.” In People v Aspy, 292 Mich App 36 (2011) a case where “the defendant …

NEW DRUNK DRIVING LAW – HIGH BAC

Michigan recently passed a high-BAC law with enhanced penalties for anyone caught driving with a BAC of .17 or higher. Drivers with any amount of a Schedule 1 narcotic–such as marijuana, GHB, or heroin–are subject to the same fines and penalties as drunk drivers, even if they show no signs of impairment. The consequences of a drunk driving conviction can …

Governor Rick Snyder (R) Signs Right-To-Work Bills Into Law

Governor Rick Snyder (R) signs right-to-work bills into law on Tuesday for the state of Michigan. Unswayed by Democrats’ pleas and thousands of protesters inside and outside the state Capitol on Tuesday, the House approved two final bills, sending them on to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. One dealt with private sector workers, the other with government employees. Both of the …