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  • New Developments in Michigan Marijuana Laws

    New Developments in Michigan Marijuana Laws

    by Gordon & Hess, PLC

    November 29, 2018

    Now that recreational marijuana has been passed in Michigan, what does that mean for us Michiganders? Similar to the consumption of alcohol, the age requirement for purchasing, consuming and growing marijuana will be 21-years-old. Although the age requirement is similar to the consumption of alcohol there are more restrictions that come along with recreational marijuana. Such as how much you’re legally permitted to have, where you can or cannot spark up and the number of plants allowed. At home you’re permitted to have up to 10 ounces, however you’re only allowed to possess 2.5 ounces in public and it must […]

  • 9 Warning Signs that Parental Alienation is Present

    9 Warning Signs that Parental Alienation is Present

    by Gordon & Hess, PLC

    February 28, 2018

    Early warning signs of parental alienation might include things like: Exclusionary requests by the child (don’t come to my baseball games) Oppositional or oppositional-defiant disorder in a child that previously demonstrated none or minimal symptoms Shut out or requests made by the child to not attend parent/teacher conferences. Shut out from school meetings (by the other parent via subtle and not so subtle methods) and no longer listed as contact parent for school/camp Being challenged by your child; they become argumentative and combative and, in the extreme form, exhibit provocations to the point of explosive rage reactions back to your […]

  • 4 Questions to Ask During the Consultation with a Criminal Lawyer

    4 Questions to Ask During the Consultation with a Criminal Lawyer

    by Daniel B. Hess

    January 25, 2018

    If you are facing criminal charges of any kind, there is a lot at stake. Even if the offense is a misdemeanor, a conviction could tarnish your criminal record for years to come and result in more serious penalties in the future.

  • 3 Health Conditions That Can Affect the Results of a Breath Test

    3 Health Conditions That Can Affect the Results of a Breath Test

    by Daniel B. Hess

    December 28, 2017

    Imagine driving home one evening when you notice a police car with its lights on behind you. You realize you still haven’t fixed that burnt out brake light, so you make a mental note to do so later that weekend.   It feels like a routine traffic stop, and when the officer asks you to blow into a breathalyzer, you do not hesitate. After all, you have not been drinking.

  • Can a DUI Conviction Affect Your Car Insurance Premium in Michigan?

    Can a DUI Conviction Affect Your Car Insurance Premium in Michigan?

    by Daniel B. Hess

    December 20, 2017

    If you have ever owned a car in Michigan, you probably already know that car insurance rates for those in the area are not cheap. In fact, according to Forbes, the Great Lakes State has some of the highest premiums in the country.

  • What Are Some Common Defenses Against OWI Charges?

    What Are Some Common Defenses Against OWI Charges?

    by Daniel B. Hess

    November 29, 2017

    If you are facing OWI charges in Michigan, a conviction could result in jail time, steep fines, loss of your driver’s license, and other severe consequences. Even first-time offenders face potential incarceration of up to 93 days, which could affect both your professional life and personal relationships.

  • Breath Test Following Collision Reveals Mother of Four Was Driving with a BAC of 0.318

    Breath Test Following Collision Reveals Mother of Four Was Driving with a BAC of 0.318

    by Daniel B. Hess

    November 20, 2017

    According to the Battle Creek Enquirer, police arrested a 30-year-old woman for driving while intoxicated and four counts of child endangerment following a drunk driving collision. Law enforcement personnel claim they responded to the 100 block of Battle Creek Avenue just after 9:30 a.m. to find that the woman had struck a fire hydrant, tree, and telephone pole near her home.

  • Who Is the Best Criminal Lawyer in Grand Rapids?

    Who Is the Best Criminal Lawyer in Grand Rapids?

    by Daniel B. Hess

    October 27, 2017

    The Sixth Amendment grants American citizens the right to legal representation if they are facing criminal charges. That means if you cannot afford to hire a criminal attorney, the state will assign a public defender to assist you throughout the proceedings.

  • What Are Your Rights at a DUI Checkpoint?

    What Are Your Rights at a DUI Checkpoint?

    by Gordon & Hess, PLC

    October 20, 2017

    The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects American motorists from unreasonable searches and seizures. That means police must typically have probable cause that a driver has broken the law or is in the act of breaking the law in order to conduct a traffic stop. Since motorists who drive while impaired are not only putting their own lives at risk, though, many jurisdictions have ruled that the safety of everyone outweighs the rights of one.

  • Police Appear to Cover up Prosecutor’s Indiscretions

    by Gordon & Hess, PLC

    September 21, 2017

    According to the Detroit Free Press, three Grand Rapids police officers who responded to or had knowledge of a drunk driving collision involving an assistant prosecutor tried to cover up the official’s role in the accident. The police discussed the case with one another over the phone on a line that was allegedly “non-recorded,” but a judge ordered them to release the conversations, which actually had been documented.

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