Posts Categorized: Legal Tips

Under the Influence? What to know about Marijuana

Marijuana laws can be confusing; in some states, recreational marijuana is no longer criminalized.  But in Michigan, recreational marijuana is illegal.  Alcohol, on the other hand, is legal.  Yet should you get caught driving intoxicated, there are serious legal consequences. How much marijuana is required to be considered “under the influence?” The argument is still… Read more »

The Difference between Felonies and Misdemeanors

How can a layperson tell the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor? To begin with, the terms “felony” and “misdemeanor” are characterizations of the seriousness of a crime. All states label crimes by their level of seriousness, and felonies and misdemeanors are the two main categories. Generally, one can say that the amount of… Read more »

New article on First offense DUI Laws in Michigan

Check out this article about Attorney Joseph F. Awad’s knowledge of first offense DUI laws and how he can help you receive a favorable legal outcome. If you are facing your first DUI charges, Attorney Awad can often help you minimize or altogether avoid the consequencesof a first offense DUI, including a reduction or elimination… Read more »

Underage Drinking and Driving Charges In Michigan

What can underage drivers be charged with in the state of MI if they are caught drinking and driving? As is the case with many states, there is a zero tolerance policy when it comes to underage drivers and bodily alcohol content. What does “zero tolerance” mean exactly? Zero tolerance means that if a minor… Read more »

The difference between a UBAC/UBAL charge, and an OWI charge

What’s the difference between a UBAC/UBAL charge, and an OWI charge – or is there no significant difference? Michigan Vehicle Code section 257.625 specifies penalties for operating a vehicle “while under the influence of intoxicating or alcoholic liquor or a controlled substance, or a combination of intoxicating or alcoholic liquor and a controlled substance, or… Read more »

Bullet-proof Glass at Detroit Police Substations

The Detroit Police have made little or no effort to protect police substations in the City of Detroit. In almost every precinct, there is no bullet-proof separating the public from the police. These stations are open practically every hour of the day and night without any real regard for security, but for the police that… Read more »

Annual Study Names Most Dangerous Cities in the US

On Sunday Nov. 21st, CQ Press released their latest annual study of crime in major U.S. cities. According to the study, in 2009 St. Louis was the most dangerous city in the United States, with a crime rate almost five times the national average – over 2,000 crimes per 100,000 residents. The most dangerous cities… Read more »

Getting Your License Back: Covering Your Bases

Multiple drunk driving convictions will eventually land an individual before the Secretary of State for a license restoration. Yet, there are so many small hangups that can catch up with you at a license hearing that can keep you off the road for a very, very, long time. Consider the following nuance: To petition the… Read more »