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Best Interest of the Child

2021-03-17T16:07:00-04:00March 17th, 2021|

Child Custody – Best Interest of the Child Michigan uses a specific legal standard for determining child custody in most cases. This legal standard is known as “Best Interest of the Child.” As the name suggests, this means custody is awarded to the parent or guardian whom the court determines would best serve the child’s [...]

Grounds For Divorce

2021-03-17T10:39:39-04:00March 17th, 2021|

Grounds for Divorce in Michigan Michigan is a no-fault divorce state which means that, unlike many other states, there does not have to be a specific justifiable cause for one or both parties to initiate a divorce. The only standard required for a divorce in Michigan, is covered under MCL 552.6(1), which requires one or [...]

Divorce Moving Out Checklist

2021-03-15T10:34:56-04:00March 15th, 2021|

Five-Point Divorce Moving Out Checklist The decision to move out is often very difficult when contemplating or going through a divorce. This decision is further complicated when children are involved. For instance, there may be an existing court order or judgement regarding child custody. There may also be uncertainty as to how the child [...]

DUI Scooters

2021-02-03T15:18:47-05:00February 3rd, 2021|

Motorized scooters, mopeds or “DUI scooters” as they are commonly known, were historically a popular alternative throughout the country for those convicted of a DUI or OWI and had subsequently lost their driver's licenses. While their use by those convicted of DUI is considerably more restricted today than they were previously, they are still useful [...]

Attorney’s perspective on the possibility of DUI expungements in Michigan

2021-01-27T12:51:25-05:00January 27th, 2021|

Earlier this year in Michigan a sweeping bill package was passed and signed into law by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, reforming the criminal records expungement process by increasing the number of criminal convictions that can be wiped from the public record. However, one glaring omission from this package was the issue of the expungement of criminal [...]

OWI vs DUI

2020-12-02T12:33:18-05:00November 30th, 2020|

Differences Between DUI and OWI in Michigan In the United States, DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) have historically been the acronyms used to describe drunk driving offenses. In recent years however, new acronyms have been created to describe this type of offense. These new acronyms have largely supplanted the [...]

PBT Test For Alcohol Offenses

2020-11-02T16:37:31-05:00October 21st, 2020|

Preliminary Breathalyzer Test (PBT) in Michigan Being pulled over by a police officer for suspected DUI is one of the most stressful experiences a person can face in their lives. There are multiple field tests officers perform to assess a suspect's level of intoxication, one of which is the preliminary breath test (PBT Test). [...]

Is a DUI a Felony in Michigan?

2020-11-02T16:38:36-05:00October 5th, 2020|

Being charged with a DUI is one of the most stressful situations a person can go through in their lives. In addition to the financial costs associated with a DUI conviction, there are serious legal consequences that can bring jail time, community service or both. Often when someone is facing DUI charges, the question is [...]

EtG Testing

2020-11-02T16:39:29-05:00October 5th, 2020|

EtG Testing for Michigan OWIs Being charged with a DUI is stressful and potentially life altering event that carries serious legal consequences. In Michigan, Ethyl Glucuronide (EtG) testing is used to assist law enforcement in determining whether someone had consumed alcohol within a certain time period. These results can be used in court by prosecutors [...]

Personal Protection Order

2020-08-31T14:22:40-04:00August 31st, 2020|

In Michigan, a Personal Protection Order (also known as a PPO) is a court order to stop threats or violence against an individual. The primary purpose of a PPO is to protect individuals from someone who is threatening, hurting, stalking and/or harassing them. An individual can receive a PPO from a circuit court judge if [...]

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